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Naveen Andrews
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General Information
Gender: Male
Birthday: January 17, 1969
Age: 48
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England, United Kingdom
Nationality: British
Other Information
Hair Color: Curly Black Hair
Height: 5'9"
Occupation(s): Actor
Education: Emanuel School
London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Naveen Joshua (son)
Jaisal Andrews (son)
Relationships: Geraldine Feakins (ex-girlfriend)
Barbara Hershey (ex-girlfriend)
Series Information
Character: Jafar
First appearance: Down the Rabbit Hole
Last appearance: And They Lived...

Naveen William Sidney Andrews is a British actor. He is known for numerous roles, such as Sayid Jarrah in the television series Lost, Kip Singh in the film The English Patient and Sanjay in the 2002 remake of Rollerball. For his role on Lost, Andrews was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006, a Primetime Emmy Award in 2005 and received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2006.

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Early life

Andrews was born in Lambeth, London to Nirmala, a psychologist, and Stanley Andrews, a businessman, both Malayali Nasrani immigrants from Kerala, India. He was brought up in Wandsworth in the Methodist denomination in what he later described as a "very repressive" upbringing. At the age of 16, while at Emanuel School, he fell in love with his then-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 stated that he forgives them now.


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 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) and Bride and Prejudice (2004). He recently starred as Jafar in the American fantasy drama Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. 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 for its two season run. Beginning in 2018, he is co-starring as ex-CIA agent Julian in the series Instinct, starring Alan Cumming and Bojana Novakovic.

Personal life

Andrews was in a relationship with schoolteacher Geraldine Feakins from 1985 to 1991. They fell in love while Andrews was aged 16. He moved into her home in order to escape an abusive household. His parents shunned him following this and they died without reconciling with their son. Naveen had a son, Jaisal Andrews, in 1992 with Feakins. 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; however, in May 2010, they announced that they had separated six months earlier. He has been involved in an ongoing custody dispute with Eustache over their son, and on 7 January 2009, Andrews was granted sole legal and physical custody of the child.

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.


Year Title Type Role
1991 London Kills Me Bike
1992 Wild West Zaf
1992 Double Vision TV Movie Jimmy
1993 The Buddha of Suburbia TV Mini-Series Karim Amir
1996 The Peacock Spring TV Movie Ravi Battacharya
1996 Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love Raj Singh
1996 The English Patient Kip
1997 True Love and Chaos Hanif
1998 Bombay Boys Krishna
1998 Mighty Joe Young Pindi
1998 My Own Country TV Movie Dr. Abraham Verghese
1999 Drowning on Dry Land Darshan
2000 A Question of Faith William
2000 The Chippendales Murder TV Movie Steve Banerjee
2001 The Beast TV Series Tamir Naipaul
2002 Rollerball Sanjay
2003 Easy John Kalicharan
2003 Future Tense TV Movie Miles Gupta
2004 Bride & Prejudice Balraj
2004 - 2010 Lost TV Series Sayid Jarrah
2006 The Ten Commandments TV Mini-Series Menerith
2006 Provoked: A True Story Deepak Ahluwalia
2007 Grindhouse Abby (segment "Planet Terror")
2007 Planet Terror Abby
2007 The Brave One David Kirmani
2009 Animals Vic
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit TV Series Detective Ash Ramsey
2012 Sinbad TV Series Lord Akbari / Akbari
2013 Diana Hasnat Khan
2013 Reckless TV Movie Roland Shaw
2013 - 2014 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland TV Series Jafar
2014 Far Cry 4 Video Game Sabal (voice)
2015 - 2018 Sense8 TV Series Jonas Maliki
2018 Sense8: The Series Finale Official Trailer Jonas Maliki
2018 - 2019 Instinct TV Series Julian Cousins


  • A fan of country music
  • Attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama along with Ewan McGregor and David Thewlis.
  • At the age of 16 he caused a stir by moving in with his teacher, Geraldine Feakins.
  • Has a son Jaisal with Geraldine Feakins.
  • Although he portrayed an Iraqi on the show Lost (2004), he is actually British-born of Indian descent.
  • His first name means "new" in Sanskrit.
  • Until 2009 lived with actress Barbara Hershey, who is 21 years his senior.
  • Was voted Sexiest Survivalist in 2005 by People Magazine.
  • Fan of Chelsea FC (England football club).
  • Had a son, Naveen Joshua, with Elena Eustache in 2006. He has sole custody of the child.
  • Met ex-girlfriend Barbara Hershey on the set of Drowning on Dry Land (1999). They were together until late 2009, although they split for a brief time in 2005 during which he fathered his child Naveen Joshua with Elena Eustache.