Himesh Patel

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Himesh Patel
Himesh Patel 2019 (cropped).jpg
Patel in 2019
Himesh Jitendra Patel

(1990-10-13) 13 October 1990 (age 30)
Years active2002–present

Himesh Jitendra Patel (born 13 October 1990) is a British actor. He is known for playing Tamwar Masood on the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 2007 to 2016 and for starring in the 2019 musical romantic comedy film Yesterday, and the science fiction action film Tenet with John David Washington.

Early life[edit]

Patel was born on 13 October, 1990 in Sawtry, Cambridgeshire.[1] His parents are both Gujarati (Indian) but were born in Africa. His mother was born in Zambia and his father was born in Kenya.[2] He grew up speaking Gujarati.[3]

Patel attended Prince William School in Oundle, Northamptonshire.[4] As a child, he began impersonating his favourite characters on television and film. When he was 11, he was cast in a school play, This Is Your Life, Santa Claus, as Michael Aspel.[5] Upon the suggestion by a teacher, his parents then signed him up for a local theatre group, the Key Youth Theatre in Peterborough.[6] Later, he became a member of The Young Actors' Company in Cambridge, where he also took film classes.[7] He took piano lessons and bought himself a £100 electric guitar and taught himself to play at the age of 13.[3]

His parents ran a newsagent's shop in Cambridgeshire. Patel ran a paper route until he was 21.[8]



When he was 16, Patel received a call on the day of his GCSEs saying he landed an audition for the British soap opera EastEnders through an agency in The Young Actors' Company. He finished his last exam and had his parents rush him to his audition. After his first audition a casting assistant saw him waiting outside the audition room and asked him to read for the casting director. Patel won the part of Tamwar Masood, and 1 October 2007 marked his first appearance on EastEnders. In 2011 Patel and Meryl Ferdandes won the Inside Soap Award for Best Wedding.

Patel has also appeared in EastEnders: E20 as Tamwar. In 2011 he co-wrote episode one of series three with co-star Charlie G. Hawkins.[9] In 2013 he filmed an internet spin-off of EastEnders called Tamwar Tales - The Life of an Assistant Market Inspector. Four episodes were aired weekly, starting on 25 July 2013.[10] All four episodes and one behind-the-scenes clip are available on the EastEnders official website.[11]

He played Tamwar for nine years until he left the show in 2016 to explore other opportunities. His last appearance was on 22 April 2016.[12]

Patel in 2011

Short films[edit]

He has appeared in a number of short films. In 2014, he was cast as Pavan in the short film Two Dosas. The short won several awards, including Best Short Comedy at the London Short Film Festival.[13] In 2015, it won Best Comedy at the Aspen Film Festival.[14] At the Shuffle festival, it won a third award with Danny Boyle as the judge.[15][16] Patel would later work on Yesterday (2019) with Boyle as the director.

Patel portrayed The Suit in The Fox (2017), another comedy short by Henry Scriven.[17]

He is working on a short film titled Is This Life? (2019).[18]

After EastEnders[edit]

On 27 September 2016 he made his first appearance on TV since leaving EastEnders in the first episode of the Channel 4 sitcom Damned. He played ex-constable and social worker Nitin for 12 episodes in two six-episode series.[19] He appeared in Rapscallions (2016), a short film by Henry Scriven.[20]

In 2017 he was cast in Don Juan in Soho as "Vagabond" with David Tennant playing the titular character.[21] Patel played Amit in an episode of the BBC comedy Climaxed in the same year.[22] He made a short appearance as Mr. Glencuddy in the second episode of the comedy Motherland.

Patel has been credited as a voice actor in two Doctor Who audio stories. He voiced Biotech Dendry in Day of the Vashta Nerada as well as Engineer and Ayrton Valencia in The Lifeboat and the Deathboat.[23][24]

He is credited as a producer for the 2017 feature film My Pure Land.[25]

In 2019, he made his film debut with his breakthrough role as Jack Malik in Yesterday (2019). He sings live throughout the film, covering various songs by The Beatles.[26] He appeared in The Aeronauts (2019) alongside Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne.[27]

Patel was cast as Emery Staines in The Luminaries, a mini-series based on the 2013 book by Eleanor Catton.[28] The plot of the TV series differs from the book.[29]

Patel appears on the 2019 Children in Need album. He sang the Killers' song, "All These Things That I've Done".

According to an interview, Patel is working on his first original TV script with What Larks Productions.[19]

In 2019, Patel joined the cast of HBO Max limited series Station Eleven.[30] In 2020, Patel appeared as Jordan Hatwal in the comedy series Avenue 5, starring Hugh Laurie.

In 2020, Patel appeared in the film Tenet as Mahir, a fixer who initially helps Neil and the protagonist in their plot to steal the painting from the Oslo airport.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Patel is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur F.C.[32]



Year Title Role Director Notes
2019 Yesterday Jack Malik Danny Boyle
The Aeronauts John Trew Tom Harper
2020 Tenet Mahir Christopher Nolan
2021 Don't Look Up Phillip Adam McKay In post-production
2022 The Amazing Maurice Keith (voice) Toby Genkel
Florian Westermann
In production


Year Title Role Notes
2007–2016 EastEnders Tamwar Masood Main cast, 566 episodes
2013 Children in Need Jazz Dancer 1 episode
2016–2018 Damned Nitin 12 episodes
2017 Climaxed Amit Episode: "Festival Sex"
Motherland Mr. Glencuddy 1 episode
2020 The Luminaries Emery Staines Miniseries
Avenue 5 Jordan Hatwal Main cast, 5 episodes
Station Eleven Jeevan Upcoming miniseries


Year Title Role Venue Notes
2017 Don Juan in Soho Vagabond Wyndham's Theatre

Short films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Two Dosas Pavan Comedy short won five awards
2016 Rapscallions Written and directed by Henry Scriven
2017 The Fox The Suit Written and directed by Henry Scriven
2019 Is This Life? Hapinder Written by Darren Roberts

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Notes
2011 Inside Soap Award Best Wedding EastEnders Won Shared with Meryl Fernandes
2019 Teen Choice Award Choice Summer Movie Actor Yesterday Nominated Lost to Tom Holland


Soundtrack albums[edit]

List of soundtrack albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Yesterday 193

Other charted songs[edit]

List of other charted songs, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Yesterday" 2019 39 Yesterday


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  2. ^ British Future (2012-12-13), EastEnders' Himesh Patel on his British identity, retrieved 2019-07-23
  3. ^ a b "Himesh Patel masters the Beatles in 'Yesterday'". Los Angeles Times. 2019-06-27. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  4. ^ "Himesh Patel". IMDb.com. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Meet Himesh Patel, Breakout Star of Yesterday". Vogue. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  6. ^ "Talent spotted early - Peterborough's Himesh Patel in the biggest British movie of the summer, Yesterday". www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  7. ^ "Star's 'amazing' time on Beatles film". 2019-06-17. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  8. ^ Fretts, Bruce (2019-06-30). "'Yesterday' Star Himesh Patel Was Delivering Papers Not So Long Ago". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  9. ^ "EastEnders: E20" Episode #3.1 (TV Episode 2011) - IMDb, retrieved 2019-07-25
  10. ^ "EastEnders: Tamwar Masood in new online spin-off". Radio Times. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  11. ^ "BBC One - EastEnders - Tamwar Tales". BBC. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  12. ^ "EastEnders star Himesh Patel reveals guilt at leaving Tamwar Masood behind". Metro. 2016-04-14. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  13. ^ "London Short Film Festival, UK (2015)". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  14. ^ "TWO DOSAS". cinando.com. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  15. ^ "Nikesh Shukla Wins Another Award for Two Dosas". David Higham Associates. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  16. ^ "Danny Boyle judges cemetery film fest". BBC News. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  17. ^ The Fox, retrieved 2019-07-25
  18. ^ Is This Life?, retrieved 2019-07-25
  19. ^ a b Jeffery, Morgan (2018-02-14). "Himesh Patel on a "darker" series two of Ch4's Damned". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  20. ^ Rapscallions, retrieved 2019-07-25
  21. ^ "Final casting announced for 'Don Juan in Soho'". The Arts Shelf. 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  22. ^ BBC Three (2017-04-02), Festival Sex | Climaxed, retrieved 2019-07-25
  23. ^ "5. The Diary of River Song Series 05 - The Diary of River Song - Big Finish". www.bigfinish.com. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  24. ^ "2. Doctor Who: Classic Doctors New Monsters Volume 02 - Doctor Who - Classic Series - Special Releases - Big Finish". www.bigfinish.com. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  25. ^ My Pure Land, retrieved 2019-07-25
  26. ^ "'Yesterday' exclusive: Himesh Patel sings The Beatles live". www.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  27. ^ The Aeronauts, retrieved 2019-07-25
  28. ^ The Luminaries, retrieved 2019-07-25
  29. ^ "When is The Luminaries on TV? What's it about and who stars in it?". Radio Times. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  30. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 18, 2019). "Mackenzie Davis & Himesh Patel To Star In 'Station Eleven' HBO Max Limited Series".
  31. ^ Gallagher, Simon (August 28, 2020). "Tenet Cast Guide: Where You Recognize The Actors From". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on August 29, 2020. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
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  33. ^ "Top 200 Albums: Billboard 200 (July 13, 2019)". Billboard. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  34. ^ "Yesterday (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Himesh Patel on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  35. ^ "Top Rock Songs Chart (July 13, 2019)". Billboard. Retrieved July 11, 2019.

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