Naveen William Sidney Andrews (born 17 January 1969) is a British 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), Planet Terror (2007), The Brave One (2007), and Diana (2013).
Andrews was born in Lambeth, London to Nirmala, a psychologist, and Stanley Andrews, a businessman, both immigrants from Kerala, India. He was brought up in Wandsworth in the Methodist denomination of Christianity. Andrews described his upbringing as “very repressive”. 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.
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). In 2006, he was voted one of People magazine’s World’s Most Beautiful People. 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 (aired 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.
Andrews’s relationship with Geraldine Feakins lasted from 1985 to 1991. Their son, Jaisal Andrews, was born in 1992. 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, but in 2010, they announced that they had separated. 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.
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 the emergency services.
He plays guitar and sings, while tap-dancing to his own tune as a hobby. He became a naturalised U.S. citizen on 27 May 2010.
|1991||London Kills Me||Bike|
|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|
|Mighty Joe Young||Pindi|
|1999||Drowning on Dry Land||Darshan|
|2000||A Question of Faith||William|
|2004||Bride & Prejudice||Balraj|
|2006||Provoked: A True Story||Deepak Ahluwalia|
|2007||Grindhouse||Abby||Segment: Planet Terror|
|The Brave One||David Kirmani|
|2012||Creature of the Black Lagoon||Dr. David Raya|
|2013||Diana||Dr. Hasnat Khan|
|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|
|2015–2017||Sense8||Jonas Maliki||11 episodes|
|2018–2019||Instinct||Julian Cousins||21 episodes|
|TBA||The Dropout||Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani||TBA|
|2014||Far Cry 4||Sabal||Voice actor|