Date of Birth
17 January 1969, London, England, UK
Naveen William Sidney Andrews
5' 8" (1.73 m)
Born Naveen William Sidney Andrews in London, England of Indian origin on January 17, 1969, this gifted actor had a penchant for older women. He was raised in Wandsworth, South London (beside the River Thames) to a fairly conservative family. When he was 16, he fell in love with his Mathematics teacher, Geraldone Feakins, who bore his child, Jaisal, in 1992. Naveen (which means "new" in Hindi) was quoted in an interview later on saying that "[his] father would call [him] a prostitute" albeit being famous at his school "for going out with a maths teacher." He went on, however and auditioned for drama school and was accepted at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Ewan McGregor and David Thewlis (of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).) His studies paid off when he won a role in Hanif Kureshi's film, London Kills Me (1991). He is best known for his role as that "Sikh bloke" in The English Patient (1996) and as Sayid in the popular television series "Lost" (2004). He lives in Los Angeles, California with his girlfriend, actress Barbara Hershey (who is 21 years his senior.)IMDb Mini Biography By: RaDragon
Naveen William Sidney Andrews was born on the 17th of January, 1969, in London, England. Naveen is the elder of two brothers, and has had an interest in acting since an early age. At the age of 5, a teacher mentioned to Naveen's parents that the young boy had talked of being an actor. At the age of 16, Naveen attended London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the same as Ewan McGregor and Davis Thewlis. Naveen's first role was in Hanif Kureshi's film, "London Kills Me". In 1993, Naveen was nominated by the Evening Standard Drama Awards as Most Promising Newcomer for his part in "Wild West". For the BBC's "The Buddha of Suburbia", he was nominated for Best Actor at the San Remo Film Festival. This talented actor with the expressive eyes has continued to work steadily through out his career, and recently gained the role of Sayid Jarrah in the popular television series "Lost". Naveen has been nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role in "Lost" and has earned much praise from critics. Naveen has one son, Jaisal, with a former girlfriend. He currently splits his time between Hawaii, where "Lost" is filmed, and Los Angeles, where he lives with his girlfriend, Barbara Hershey.IMDb Mini Biography
A fan of country music
Attended the "Guildhall Schoolof Music and Drama" along with Ewan McGregor and David Thewlis.
At the age of 16 he caused a stir by moving in with his teacher, Geraldine Feakins.
Has a son 'Jaisal' with Geraldine Feakins
Although he portrays an Iraqi on the show Lost, he is actually British, of Indian descent.
His first name means "new" in Sanskrit.
Currently lives with his partner, actress Barbara Hershey, who is 21 years his senior.
Was voted Sexiest Survivalist in 2005 by People Magazine.
Fan of Chelsea FC (England football club).
"The older I get, the more I'm prepared to do things for the money" - a reference to stereotypes of minorities in the movies
"It is not easy to get parts in mainstream films for most people of color. Hollywood and British writers are not writing parts for us, or the directors are not interested in casting us in parts that are color-blind."
"I think we all had that as a concern. That monster there is like a producer's dream, isn't it? Any one of us could get bumped off at any time and we're all aware of it. It keeps you on your toes." - on the potential short life-span of characters on "Lost"
"Older women know who they are, and that makes them more beautiful than younger ones. I like to see a face with some character. I want to see lines. I want to see wrinkles." (Esquire, July 2007)
"A slice of hot, buttered toast is the perfect meal. It's not too much and not too little, and it gives you just the right buzz." (Esquire, July 2007)
On first reading the script for 'Lost': "When I first got the premise, it was limited at best and dreadful at worst. People crashing on an island - how many possible permutations can you get out of that?" (Esquire, July 2007)