Popular for his portrayal of the role of an ex-Iraqi soldier Sayid Jarrah on the set of TV series Lost, celeb actor Naveen Andrews is actually a Brit of Indian extraction who was raised in London. He carved a niche for himself in London when he made an appearance in My Beautiful Laundrette – a stage performance. His roles in The Buddha of Suburbia and London Kills Me were well received by fans but he got international acclaim on the set of the Oscar-winning movie titled English Patient where he featured as Kip.
Andrews’ other productions include a remake of Rollerball, Grindhouse, Planet Terror, The Brave One and Provoked: a True Story. He was also on the set of Bride & Prejudice, Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love and Easy. He has also won some awards and nominations for his efforts in entertainment, notable among them are a 2006 Golden Globe Award (nominee), a 2005 Primetime Emmy Award (nominee) and a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (winner).
His place of birth is Lambeth, London but his current nationality is the United States of America where he became naturalized since 2010. His dual citizenship of both UK and US cannot downplay his ethnic roots of Malayali because his ancestry is rooted in India. He was born on the 17th of January 1969.
Naveen Andrews’ parents were Stanley Andrews (father) – a businessman and Nirmala (mother) – a psychologist. Both his mum and dad were Malayali Nasrani immigrants who came into the UK from Kerala in India. He grew up in Wandsworth alongside a younger brother in a Christian home. His family members are Methodists and Andrews saw their way of child-rasing as very repressive.
About his education, he attended London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama after he auditioned for it and was accepted. Amongst his classmates were notable performers like David Thewlis and Ewan McGregor. His prestigious education paid off when he bagged a role in the 1991 London Kills Me by Hanif Kureshi.
Naveen Andrews has a problem with alcohol and was addicted to heroin for a couple of years during the mid–’90s. According to him, he once fainted on set and was attended to by the emergency team.
The veteran actor’s estimated net worth has been pegged at a handsome $10 million by a trusted source. According to what we gathered, he earned a lion’s share of his wealth from his acting career. We expect an upward review in subsequent publications of his net worth.
His Wife, Son, Kids
From all indications, Naveen Andrews seems to have a penchant for older women; his love life started as early as 16 when he rebelled against the will of his parents and left home only to move in with Geraldine Feakins, his female mathematics tutor who is 14 years his senior. According to Andrews, he ran away from home because his parents were very abusive. They even shunned him after his move and died without a reconciliation. His relationship with Geraldine endured till 1991 before they called it quits but by then, their son Jaisal Andrews was already conceived. Jaisal was born in 1992.
1998 saw him in another romantic adventure with Barbara Hershey who works as an actress in LA. Notable is the fact that Barbara is 21 years older than him. The duo met while they were on set for Drowning on Dry Land. They were together till 2005 when they experienced a little friction in their relationship which resulted in a brief separation. During that gap, Andrews took time out to father a son named Naveen Joshua Andrews with Elena Eustache – a Czech-French actress. According to the records, he later went back to Barbara but surprisingly, an announcement came from the couple in May 2010 that they have been estranged since six months ago.
The famed actor was involved in a custody battle with his baby mama Elena. He won the case and was granted the right of sole physical and legal custody of the child on the 7th of January 2009. Even though he has never been in a proper marriage relationship with any woman, Andrews believes that he has done well as a parent.
His height is listed as 5 feet 9 inches with a matching body weight of 75 kg or 165.35 lb. He has black curly hair but the details of his other body measurements are not currently available.