Naveen Andrews

Naveen Andrews

Highest Rated: 85% The English Patient (1996)

Lowest Rated: 3% Rollerball (2002)

Birthday: Jan 17, 1969

Birthplace: London, England, UK

Best-known for playing Sayid in supernatural phenomenon "Lost," Naveen Andrews also enjoyed supporting parts in "The English Patient" (1996), "Bride and Prejudice" (2003) and "Diana" (2013), and recurring roles on "Sinbad" (Sky 1, 2012), "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (ABC, 2013-14) and "Sense8" (Netflix, 2015-18). Born in Lambeth, London in 1969 to strict Indian immigrant parents, Andrews experienced a repressive childhood in which he was discouraged from his acting ambitions. However, after earning a place at the London Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Andrews never looked back. He made his screen debut in Hanif Kureishi's inner-city drama "London Kills Me" (1991) and a year later landed the leading role of country singer Zaf in the first of many cross-cultural tales, "Wild West" (1992). After playing Kim Cattrall's lover in TV movie "Double Vision" (1992), he took center stage as South London teen Karim in coming-of-age "Buddha of Suburbia" (BBC Two, 1993), showed up as gardener Rav in period piece "The Peacock Spring" (1996) and bared all as Prince Raj in erotic historical drama "Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love" (1996). Andrews first caught Hollywood's attention when he played British Army Sikh sapper Kip Singh in the multiple Oscar-winning "The English Patient" (1996) and was subsequently cast as local tour guide Pindi in gorilla fantasy "Mighty Joe Young" (1998). Andrews also portrayed pioneering physician Dr. Abraham Verghese in TV movie "My Own Country" (1998), appeared as aspiring Bollywood actor Krishna in "Bombay Boys" (1998) and co-starred opposite future long-term girlfriend Barbara Hershey in road movie "Drowning on Dry Land" (1999). After playing a monk in "Question of Faith" (2000) and real-life promoter Steve Banerjee in "The Chippendales Murder" (2000), Andrews was cast as cable news owner Tamir in his first US TV show, "The Beast" (ABC, 2001). The newsroom drama was canceled after just six episodes, but Andrews remained in demand, landing roles in the "Rollerball" (2002) remake, indie rom-com "Easy" (2003), and Jane Austen adaptation "Bride and Prejudice" (2004). But Andrews became a household name when he was cast as Iraqi Communications Officer Sayid Jarrah in "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010). During his six-season stint in the watercooler hit, Andrews also played Moses' stepbrother Menerith in "The Ten Commandments" (ABC, 2006), an abusive husband in true crime dramatization "Provoked" (2006) and chemical engineer Abby in grindhouse throwback "Planet Terror" (2007). There were also roles as Jodie Foster's ill-fated boyfriend David in revenge flick "The Brave One" (2007) and predator Vic in erotic horror "Animals" (2008). Following the show's end, Andrews enjoyed the recurring roles of Lord Akbari in fantasy adventure "Sinbad" (Sky 1, 2012), Aladdin's nemesis Jafar in fairy tale reimagining "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (ABC, 2013-14) and sensate Jonas in the Wachowski siblings' ambitious globe-trotting drama "Sense8" (Netflix, 2015-), and also starred opposite Naomi Watts as the Princess of Wales' lover Dr. Hasnat Khan in the much-maligned biopic, "Diana" (2013). Andrews then signed up to play CIA operative Julian Cousins in the police procedural "Instinct" (CBS, 2018-).


Highest Rated Movies



8% 25% Diana Dr. Hasnat Khan (Character) $331.6K 2013
No Score Yet 20% Animals Vic (Character) - 2008
84% 87% Grindhouse Abby (Character) $25M 2007
43% 64% The Brave One David (Character) $36.8M 2007
28% 70% Provoked Deepak Ahluwalia (Character) - 2007
75% 77% Planet Terror Abby (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 53% Dhan Dhana Dhan ... Goal Unknown (Character) - 2007
64% 70% Bride & Prejudice Mr. Balraj (Character) $6.6M 2004
59% 48% Easy John (Character) - 2003
3% 14% Rollerball Sanjay (Character) $19M 2002
67% 40% A Question of Faith William (Character) $15K 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blessed Art Thou William (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chippendales Murder Steve Banerjee (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 38% Drowning on Dry Land Darshan (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bombay Boys Krishna (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 100% My Own Country Dr. Abraham Verghese (Character) - 1998
54% 40% Mighty Joe Young Pindi (Character) $50.6M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet True Love and Chaos Hanif (Character) - 1997
85% 83% The English Patient Lt. Kip Singh (Character) $78.7M 1996
40% 71% Kama Sutra Raj Singh (Character) $4.1M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Peacock Spring Ravi Battacharya (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 82% Buddha of Suburbia Unknown (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Double Vision Jimmy (Character) - 1992
43% 80% Wild West Zaf (Character) $23.8K 1992
No Score Yet 68% London Kills Me Bike (Character) $169K 1991


54% 63% Instinct Julian Cousins (Character) 2018-2019
86% 91% Sense8 Jonas (Character) 2015-2018
63% 66% Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Jafar (Character) 2013-2014
68% No Score Yet Sinbad Lord Akbari (Character) 2012
85% 92% Lost Sayid Jarrah (Character) 2004-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2010
78% 88% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Ash Ramsey (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ten Commandments Unknown (Character) 2006
30% 75% The Beast Tamir Naipaul (Character) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 1996


Dr. Abraham Verghese says: When this disease starts killing straight people, I hope you're ready.

Dr. Abraham Verghese says: Nowadays, I feel as tainted by disease as my patients are.