Slumdog Millionaire starring Harrow teenager Dev Patel has scooped Oscar nominations in nine categories.

Dev, the former Whitmore High School pupil, who made a name for himself starring in E4's cult show Skins, plays the part of a Mumbai street boy who ends up on an Asian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire in the film directed by Danny Boyle.

The film directed by Danny Boyle whose other hits include Trainspotting, the Beach, starring Leonardo and 28 Days Later, has played to packed houses at the Harrow Vue and Safari cinemas. It was nominated in nine categories, including best picture, best adapted screenplay, and best director, when the shortlist was announced at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Los Angeles this afternoon.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles, on February 22.

Eighteen-year-old Dev, who lives with father Raj, mother, Anita, and sister Komal, 22-year-old, has put his success down to his family's support; it was his mum made him go to the Skins audition and who told him he had got the part in Slumdog.

He said:  "I wouldn't have been able to do all this without them."

Now back home Dev is waiting to land his next part. He said: "It has been pretty busy but I can't wait to get working again. At the moment I don't have anything on because I haven't had a chance to look at any scripts. I just love my job and as long as I a get work and carry one being surrounded by talented people I will be so happy."

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