Himesh Jitendra Patel (born 13 October 1989) is an English actor, known for his role as Tamwar Masood in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, which he played from 2007 to 2016. Most recently he gained notability from starring in his first major film role Yesterday.
Patel was born on 13 October 1989 in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire as Himesh Jitendra Patel. He attended Prince William School & Sixth Form in Oundle, Northamptonshire.
His mother is from Zambia and his father is from Kenya. Before he was born, his parents moved to England via India. His mother's favourite song is John Lennon's "Imagine". It was popular when she moved to England.
Himesh began to learn the piano at an early age and, at 13, bought a cheap electric guitar and taught himself how to play. The actor can also sing as illustrated by his performance in Yesterday.
2003-2007 Himesh Patel was a member of The Young Actors Company in Cambridge. Through the Young Actors Agency, Himesh was put up for the role of Tamwar in EastEnders.
Patel began his acting career playing Tamwar Masood in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. His first appearance was in the episode shown on 1 October 2007. Patel also appeared as Tamwar in the 2010 spin-off series EastEnders: E20 and co-wrote an episode of EastEnders: E20 with EastEnders co-star Charlie G. Hawkins. Patel's departure from EastEnders was announced on 12 March 2016.
In 2014, Patel starred in the short film Two Dosas as Pavan.
He played the role of social worker Nitin in Channel 4 sitcom Damned from 2016 to 2018. He is a member of the National Youth Theatre.
He is set to appear in the 2019 films The Aeronauts and Yesterday. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.