Naveen Andrews

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Naveen Andrews
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Birth name Naveen William Sidney Andrews
Born January 17, 1969 in London, England, UK
Notable Roles Sayid Jarrah in Lost
Notable Episodes

Naveen Andrews is a British-born American actor, best known for his role as Sayid Jarrah in ABC's Lost.



Naveen Andrews was born on January 17, 1969 in London, England. The eldest of two brothers, Andrews is of Indian descent and was raised in Wandsworth, South London to a fairly conservative family. At the age of 16, Andrews fell in love with his mathematics teacher, Geraldine Feakins, with whom he had a son, Jaisal, born in 1992. He later auditioned for drama school and was accepted at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. While in London in his early twenties, however, Andrews became a drug addict and alcoholic, and his screen career nearly ended. Andrews moved to the United States to seek rehabilitation and was able to get his life back on track, but he says that London provides painful memories of his alcohol and heroin addictions. He is in a relationship with actress Barbara Hershey and they live in Los Angeles, California. The two separated briefly in 2005, during which Andrews had a son with another woman. Andrews and Hershey have since then reconciled. Andrews became an American citizen on May 27, 2010.

Andrews acting career started when he won a role in Hanif Kureshi's 1991 film, London Kills Me. In 1993, Andrews was nominated by the Evening Standard Drama Awards as Most Promising Newcomer for his part in Wild West. His big break occurred when he was cast opposite Juliette Binoche, Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas in the Oscar-winning film, The English Patient. He went on to appear in such films as Kama Sutra, Mighty Joe Young, True Love and Chaos, Bride and Prejudice, and Drowning on Dry Land. On television, Andrews starred in the BBC's The Buddha of Suburbia, for which he received the award for Best Actor at the San Remo Film Festival. He also starred in the BBC's Peacock Spring. In the United States, he starred in two ABC series, as Sayid Jarrah on Lost and as the wizard Jafar (based on the main villain of the same name in the Disney animated movie Aladdin) on Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.


Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
The Buddha of Suburbia Karim Amir 1993 miniseries
The Beast Tamir Naipaul 2001 1
Lost Sayid Jarrah 2004–2010 1 2 3 4 5 6
The Ten Commandments Menerith 2006 miniseries
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Jafar 2013–2014 1

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Det. Ash Ramsey 11x12 - Shadow January 13, 2010

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Double Vision Jimmy 1992
The Peacock Spring Ravi Battacharya 1996
My Own Country Dr. Abraham Verghese 1998
The Chippendales Murder Steve Banerjee 2000
Future Tense 2003

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
Entertainment Tonight August 17, 2005
GMTV August 17, 2005
The View Show 386 October 12, 2005
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show Show 283 October 12, 2005
The Tony Danza Show Show 173 October 19, 2005
The Tony Danza Show Show 248 February 15, 2006
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross February 1, 2008

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2005)

Golden Globe Awards

  • Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (2006)


  • Although he portrayed an Iraqi on the show Lost, he is actually British-born of Indian descent.