Baftas 2017: Indian-origin actor Dev Patel wins best supporting actor for 'Lion'
Dev Patel shot to fame with his work in 2008's 'Slumdog Millionaire'. Photograph: (AFP)
British actor Dev Patel won the Best Supporting Actor for his work in the drama "Lion" at this year's Bafta Film awards, considered the top awards in the British film industry.
"I sit at home and watch this with my family...It's such an overwhelming feeling," the ecstatic actor said after winning the award.
The actor was nominated for the award with Aaron Taylor-Johnson ("Nocturnal Animals"), Jeff Bridges ("Hell or High Water"), Hugh Grant ("Florence Foster Jenkins") and Mahershala Ali ("Moonlight").
The Garth Davis-directed film also won the Best Adapted Screenplay honour.
"Lion" is based on Indian-born Australian businessman Saroo Brierley's memoir "A Long Way Home".
Dev Patel plays Sue Brierley, who was separated from his biological mother at the age of five and adopted by an Australian couple only to be reunited with his bith mother after 25 years. His story made international headlines, especially in Australia and India.
Nicole Kidman plays Sue Brierley, Saroo's adoptive mother.
Asked if he had an opportunity to meet Saroo before he began filming, the 26-year-old actor revealed that he had a "very very special breakfast" with him while shooting for the film in Australia.
On working with Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel said, "It was mindboggling to be sharing the screen with the one and only Nicole Kidman she's a real screen icon. She's been nothing but gracious, warm and welcoming. To watch her perform in those scenes is something I'll never forget."
Patel, who shot to fame with the 2008 film "Slumdog Millionaire", arrived on British TV screens in the teenage TV series "Skins" a decade ago.