Naveen Andrews

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Naveen Andrews
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Andrews in 2009
Naveen William Sidney Andrews

17 January 1969 (age 53)
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Years active1991–present

Naveen William Sidney Andrews (born 17 January 1969) is a British-American actor. He is best known for his role as Sayid Jarrah in the television series Lost (2004–2010), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy Award, as well as winning a Screen Actors Guild Award along with the cast. He has also appeared in films such as The English Patient (1996), Mighty Joe Young (1998), Rollerball (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004), Planet Terror (2007), The Brave One (2007), and Diana (2013). In 2022, he starred in the miniseries The Dropout.

Early life[edit]

Andrews was born in Lambeth, London, to Nirmala, a psychologist, and Stanley Andrews, a businessman, both immigrants from Kerala, India.[1] He was brought up in Wandsworth in the Methodist denomination of Christianity & attended Earlsfield Junior School on Tranmere Road.[2] Andrews described his upbringing as "very repressive".[2] At 16, while at Emanuel School, he started a relationship with his 30-year-old mathematics teacher, Geraldine Feakins, whom he moved in with to escape his abusive home; their son, Jaisal, was born seven years later, in 1992. Andrews was shunned by his parents after this and they died before a reconciliation. He has said that he has forgiven them.[3]


Andrews auditioned for drama school and was accepted at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Ewan McGregor and David Thewlis. His studies paid off when he won a role in Hanif Kureshi's film London Kills Me (1991). Andrews starred in the 1993 BBC miniseries Buddha of Suburbia. He portrayed Kip Singh in The English Patient (1996) and Sayid Jarrah in the popular television series Lost (2004–10). In 2006, he was voted one of People magazine's World's Most Beautiful People.[4] He starred in Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996), Mighty Joe Young (1998), Bride and Prejudice (2004), and as Jafar in the American fantasy drama Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (2013–14). In 2014, he provided the voice of Sabal in the video game Far Cry 4. From 2015 to 2017, he starred in the series Sense8 (created by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski) as Jonas. From 2018 to 2019, he co-starred as ex-MI6 and CIA officer Julian Cousins in the series Instinct, starring Alan Cumming and Bojana Novakovic. In 2022 Andrews co-starred with Amanda Seyfried as Theranos COO Sunny Balwani in the hulu limited series The Dropout.

Personal life[edit]

Andrews's relationship with Geraldine Feakins lasted from 1985 to 1991. Their son, Jaisal Andrews, was born in 1992.[5] He was later in a relationship with actress Barbara Hershey in Los Angeles, starting in 1998. The couple separated briefly in 2005 and, during that time, Andrews had a son with Czech-French actress Elena Eustache. He and Hershey later reconciled,[6] but in 2010, they announced that they had separated.[7][8] Andrews was in a long custody dispute with Eustache over their son, and on 7 January 2009, he was granted sole legal and physical custody.[9]

Andrews has spoken about his alcoholism and his two-year addiction to heroin in the mid-'90s. He has described an incident in which he collapsed on set and was treated by emergency services.[10]

He plays guitar[11] and sings, while tap dancing to his own tune as a hobby. He became a naturalised U.S. citizen on 27 May 2010.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 London Kills Me Bike
1992 Wild West[13] Zaf
Double Vision Jimmy
1996 Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love Raj Singh
The English Patient Kip Singh Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1997 True Love and Chaos Hanif
1998 Bombay Boys Krishna
Mighty Joe Young Pindi
1999 Drowning on Dry Land Darshan
2000 A Question of Faith William
2002 Rollerball Sanjay
2003 Easy John Kalicharan
2004 Bride and Prejudice Balraj
2006 Provoked: A True Story Deepak Ahluwalia
2007 Grindhouse Dr. John "Abby" Abbington Segment: Planet Terror
The Brave One Dr. David Kirmani
2008 Animals Vic
2013 Diana Dr. Hasnat Khan


Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Buddha of Suburbia Karim Amir 4 episodes
1996 The Peacock Spring Ravi Battacharya Television movie
1998 My Own Country Dr. Abraham Verghese
2000 The Chippendales Murder Steve Banerjee
2001 The Beast Tamir Naipaul Episode: "The Price"
2003 Future Tense Miles Gupta Unsold TV pilot
2004–2010 Lost Sayid Jarrah 98 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor – Drama Series (2007–08, 2010)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
2006 The Ten Commandments Menerith Television movie
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Ash Ramsey Episode: "Shadow"
2012 Sinbad Lord Akbari 7 episodes
2013–2014 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Jafar 13 episodes
2015–2018 Sense8 Jonas Maliki 18 episodes
2018–2019 Instinct Julian Cousins 21 episodes
2022 The Dropout Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani 8 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Far Cry 4 Sabal Voice actor


  1. ^ Elsworth, Catherine. "I'm so grateful I'm sober now", Daily Telegraph, 30 August 2005; accessed 27 May 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Naveen Andrews finds himself in L.A",; 10 April 2006.
  3. ^ Naveen Andrews profile,; accessed 7 March 2014
  4. ^ "2006's Most Beautiful People: Naveen Andrews". People. 26 April 2006. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  5. ^ Roberts, Genevieve (1 July 2012). "Naveen Andrews: 'At least I've been a good parent'". The Independent. Archived from the original on 18 June 2022.
  6. ^ "'Lost' star fathered child while separated", NBC News; accessed 7 March 2014.
  7. ^ Lost's Naveen Andrews Found in Splitsville, E! Online; accessed 7 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Naveen Andrews Split - Lost Actor Announces Break Up with Barbara Hershey". National Ledger. 30 May 2010. Archived from the original on 4 January 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  9. ^ "'Lost' Star Battles Baby Mama and Gets Kid", TMZ, 7 January 2009; retrieved 23 July 2009.
  10. ^ Hilton, Beth. 'Lost' star reveals heroin addiction, Digital Spy, 1 February 2008; accessed 27 May 2008.
  11. ^ The Trades - Interview: Naveen Andrews Archived 7 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Naveen Andrews al RFF: Sayid presenta il finale di Lost". Movieplayer (in Italian). 7 July 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2011. ...dal 27 maggio sono diventato cittadino americano...)
  13. ^ Wild West (1992) at,; accessed 4 August 2014.

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