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Overview (3)

Born in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Birth NameHimesh Jitendra Patel
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Himesh Patel was born on October 13, 1990 in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England, UK. He is an actor and writer, known for Yesterday (2019), Don't Look Up (2021) and Station Eleven (2021).

Trivia (4)

Sat his GCSE Science exam on the same day as his EastEnders (1985) audition.
His interests include creative writing.
As of 2017 he is the 10th-longest serving actor in the history of EastEnders (1985) (tied with John Altman, Tony Caunter, Ricky Groves, Shane Richie and Nitin Ganatra, and behind only Adam Woodyatt, Steve McFadden, Perry Fenwick, Sid Owen, Rudolph Walker, a tied Mike Reid and Todd Carty, John Bardon, a tied Bill Treacher, James Alexandrou, Derek Martin, Jake Wood and Jamie Borthwick, and a tied Ross Kemp, Dean Gaffney and Shaun Williamson), having played the character Tamwar Masood for 9 years (from 2007 until 2016).
Is of Indian descent.

Personal Quotes (21)

When it comes to period stuff, I think it's great to see South-Asian actors get their foot in the door there, because it's nice to tell period stories and tell it in a way that reflects the world now.
I'm probably one of the few people who can say that I've played an empty Wembley Stadium.
Sometimes on a soap, it can become about all this other stuff - the party circuit, reality shows - but I gravitated towards people who kept it all about the work.
When I was 14, I bought myself a cheap electric guitar and tried to teach myself.
'Blackbird' is a really beautiful song, and I actually recently started trying to learn it, and it's beautiful.
I was sometimes a bit lonely as a teenager. There was a cultural disconnect.
What we had on was BBC Asian Network and Bollywood sound-tracks - they were my reference points. But of course, where I grew up, I was one of two Indian guys in my school, and I didn't really have anyone else to share that with.
My mum's favorite song ever is 'Imagine' because it came out around when she arrived in England.
Where do I fit in? That's something I think about as an actor, especially as an actor from a minority community.
One thing that I struggled with was not corpsing when you're being thrown stuff that's absolutely hilarious by the other actors.
I keep a notebook of ideas, and sometimes ideas form in your head that you just have to write down, or you'll forget them.
I think sometimes you can think up a story, but it's because you're comfortable doing that, but when you're an actor, one of the things that you have to do is take yourself out of your comfort zone.
When my dad visited me while I was doing a play in New York City two years ago, I took him to see 'Late Show With Stephen Colbert.' Now I'm going to his house. It's surreal.
I think that you've got to do things that you're not particularly comfortable with sometimes, and that's what you get the most respect for.
For the last few years, I've enjoyed writing my own stuff since studying creative writing at school, and as I've grown up, I've realised how much I enjoy escaping into a world that I've created myself. So I've kept that up as a hobby.
I personally am going to look for stuff that interests me and either has very little to do or has the right thing to do with my ethnicity.
I think an office is just a microcosm of life and the different kinds of people that you will come across and interactions there, and I think if you all sit in a room together, then it gets a bit more intense and fun for people to watch, maybe.
In my essay for 'The Good Immigrant,' I write about how concerns about race and immigration crept up on me a bit because of how I grew up and my background - I was quite fortunate, really; I never got the rough end of the stick with a lot of that kind of stuff.
When I was on 'EastEnders,' I still had a paper route until I was 21 and left home.
The Beatles kind of pervade everything. They're always kind of part of everyone's lives.
I went to America for the first time with my mum when I was 7, and I loved it. I remember wanting to see the Hollywood sign, and then, there I was, shooting a scene right by it for 'Yesterday.'

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