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Dev Patel reveals he didn’t feel ‘worthy’ of his 2016 Oscar nomination

Dev Patel reveals he didn’t feel ‘worthy’ of his 2016 Oscar nomination for starring role in Lion due to ‘natural low self-esteem’

Dev Patel has revealed he didn’t feel like he was ‘worthy’ of the Oscar nomination for his starring role in Lion due to ‘low self-esteem’.

The star, 31, said he struggled to comprehend ‘what he had to offer’ among the top league of actors which he described as ‘the best of the best’.

He was shortlisted for Best Supporting Actor at the 2017 ceremony for his work on Lion alongside Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) and winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight).

Difficult: Dev Patel has revealed he didn’t feel like he was ‘worthy’ of the Oscar nomination for his starring role in Lion due to ‘low self-esteem’

In the moving film Lion Dev played the part of Saroo who gets separated from his family at the age of five and ends up being adopted by an Australian couple.

However, 25 years later, he returns to India to search for his birth parents. 

He told The New York Times: ‘I didn’t feel worthy. That kind of speaks to my natural low self-esteem.

‘You’re there with really impressive creatures, the best of the best, and you’re like, ‘I don’t know what I have to offer in this space.’  

Star: He was shortlisted for Best Supporting Actor at the 2017 ceremony for his work on Lion (pictured in the film)

Star: He was shortlisted for Best Supporting Actor at the 2017 ceremony for his work on Lion (pictured in the film)

In the moving film Lion Dev played the part of Saroo who gets separated from his family at the age of five and ends up being adopted by an Australian couple (pictured with Sunny Pawar who played young Saroo)

In the moving film Lion Dev played the part of Saroo who gets separated from his family at the age of five and ends up being adopted by an Australian couple (pictured with Sunny Pawar who played young Saroo) 

Dev shot to fame on Skins alongside the likes of Nicholas Hoult, Daniel Kaluuya and Joe Dempsie and he admitted reading ‘brutal’ comments online about his alter ego Anwar hit his confidence hard.

He said: ‘I was a young kid going on these chat rooms and it was quite brutal. There were all these lists of who’s the favourite character on the show or who was the best-looking character, and I was always the ugliest, the least attractive. No one liked Anwar. It really took a toll on me personally.’

During the interview Dev also recalled how horrified his neighbours were when they saw the show.

Throwback: Dev (far tight) shot to fame on Skins alongside the likes of Nicholas Hoult, Daniel Kaluuya and Joe Dempsie and he admitted reading 'brutal' comments online about his alter ego Anwar hit his confidence hard

Throwback: Dev (far tight) shot to fame on Skins alongside the likes of Nicholas Hoult, Daniel Kaluuya and Joe Dempsie and he admitted reading ‘brutal’ comments online about his alter ego Anwar hit his confidence hard

Moving: In the film Lion Dev returns to India to search for his birth parents after being separated

Moving: In the film Lion Dev returns to India to search for his birth parents after being separated

He said: ‘It felt like suicide in the community to put your kid into a TV show and let him drop out of school at 16. While everyone else’s kid is off becoming a doctor or a dentist, I’m here on this TV show, simulating sex and taking drugs.’

The Slumdog Millionaire star also admitted his agent gets frustrated with him for turning down major blockbusters, which he attributes to his self-doubt.

He said: ‘Maybe it’s a fear of how I would fit into that world.’

Belief: The Slumdog Millionaire star admitted his agent gets frustrated with him for turning down major blockbusters, which he attributes to his self-doubt

Belief: The Slumdog Millionaire star admitted his agent gets frustrated with him for turning down major blockbusters, which he attributes to his self-doubt 

It comes after a new trailer for The Green Knight was released on last month revealing the film will be released in cinemas on July 30.

The medieval fantasy sees Dev transform into Sir Gawain who embarks on an epic quest in David Lowery’s retelling of 14th century English chivalric romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

On his journey, the knight of King Arthur’s Round Table comes across giants and talking animals as he seeks out the eponymous dryad.

Exciting: It comes after Dev embarked on a quest as a knight of King Arthur's Round Table and faces a dryad, talking animals and giants in the trailer for The Green Knight, released in May

Exciting: It comes after Dev embarked on a quest as a knight of King Arthur’s Round Table and faces a dryad, talking animals and giants in the trailer for The Green Knight, released in May

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