British actor Naveen Andrews first attracted international attention as Kip, Juliette Binoche's Sikh boyfriend in The English Patient (1996). A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Andrews got his start on television, starring in the popular -- to say nothing of racy -- 1993 miniseries The Buddha of Suburbia. The same year that he appeared in the English patient, the actor portrayed a haughty king in Mira Nair’s Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, a film whose content inspired no shortage of controversy in India.
He subsequently worked in a variety of films on both sides of the Atlantic, including Blessed Art Thou which had its premiere at the 2000 Sundance Festival. In 1993 this talented actor was nominated by the Evening Standard Drama Awards as Most Promising Newcomer for his part in Wild West. For the BBC's The Buddha of Suburbia, he was nominated for Best Actor at the San Remo Film Festival
At the age of 16, whilst at Emanuel School he fell in love with his mathematics teacher, Geraldine Feakins, with whom he had a son, Jaisal, born in 1992. Andrews was quoted in an interview later on saying that "his father would call him a prostitute" albeit being famous at his school "for going out with a math’s teacher".
Andrews is now in a relationship with actress Barbara Hershey, who is 21 years his senior, and they live in Los Angeles. The couple separated briefly in 2005 and, during that time, Andrews had a son, Naveen Joshua, with another woman, Elena Eustache. He and Hershey later reconciled.
Naveen has had a thing for older women from the beginning, "Older women know who they are, and that makes them more beautiful than younger ones. I like to see a face with some character. I want to see lines. I want to see wrinkles."
NAVEEN ANDREWS ON HIS ADDICTION:
Andrews is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. While he was building his acting career in London, Andrews developed a strong affinity towards drugs and alcohol. His addictions threatened to destroy his budding career, and so he had no other choice but to seek rehabilitation. Andrews was forced to move across the Atlantic to America to seek rehabilitation and get his life back on track. His efforts were successful fortunately, he was able to overcome his addictions, but claimed that London invokes many agonizing reminders of his past lifestyle. Lost star Naveen Andrews has revealed how a drug addiction ruined his life for two years. The actor said: "There was a danger of me copping it… I lost two years to heroin."I was able to work; I don't know how I did it. You can take incredible abuse and still work… I collapsed on a job because of booze."Andrews also reveals how he was warned of his behaviour while filming The English Patient.
"The turning point was I drove my son when I was drunk and he was scared, and that's when I decided to go into rehab in LA," he said. Looking back he says, Let's just say I was really bad. Now I have grown into myself. I have changed.”
This talented actor with the expressive eyes has continued to work steadily through out his career, and gained a role in the popular television series "Lost". In 2004, Andrews was cast as Sayid Jarrah on Lost, though he first thought that the initial premise was "limited at best and dreadful at worst." People crashing on an island - how many possible permutations can you get out of that?" However, the character quickly became a fan favorite. In 2006 he was voted one of People Magazine's "World's Most Beautiful People". He was also voted Sexiest Survivalist in 2005 by People Magazine.
Naveen has been nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role in "Lost" and has earned much praise from critics.
Andrews is one of the more outspoken members of the cast in regards to the show itself. He has not been afraid to criticize the show, especially in regards to Season 3 stating his belief that without an end date, the producers had to stretch out the story because they didn't know how many episodes they would have, due to the culture of program production in the United States. He believes that this reduced the quality during that season on the potential short life-span of characters on "Lost", Andrew says, "I think we all had that as a concern. That monster there is like a producer's dream, isn't it? Any one of us could get bumped off at any time and we're all aware of it. It keeps you on your toes."
Andrew also plays the guitar and sings.” I’ve been playing the guitar since I was twelve. If I had any other job apart from acting, that’s probably what I would have done.”