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Everything you need to know about Yesterday leading man Himesh Patel


We don't know about you but we cannot wait for the release of Yesterday, the upcoming release from Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle.

Written by Richard Curtis (famous for films including Four Weddings and Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually and About Time), Yesterday tells the story of a young man named Jack Malik who, after being involved in an accident, finds he is the only person in the world who remembers The Beatles.

If you're anything like us, you'll  have watched the trailer a number of times by now. And you may also be wondering, where have I seen lead actor Himesh Patel before? Read on to find out.

Who is Himesh Patel?

Himesh Patel is an English actor, best known for his role as Tamwar Masood in Eastenders, in which he starred from 2007 until 2016. He was born in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire and had a strong interest in acting, as well as creative writing, from a young age. In addition to Eastenders, Patel's acting credits include the Channel 4 series Damned, as well as a number of theatre roles.

What was his big break?

He began his acting career playing Tamwar Masood in the BBC soap opera Eastenders, first appearing in the show on 1st October 2007. The Masoods went on to become key characters and although Tamwar was originally destined for a bright future at Oxbridge, the decision to extend his presence in the show was a welcome one, Patel's dry wit and sarcasm endearing him to viewers.

Aged just 16 when he gained the role of Tamwar, Patel has previously shared that he was in the middle of taking his last GCSE exam when he was offered the audition for the show. He went on to star in the show for nine years, before his exit was announced on 12th March 2016.

As well as acting in the main show, Patel also appeared in the 2010 spin-off series E20, even co-writing an episode with his former co-star Charlie G Hawkins. At the time, Patel shared his love for writing, and revealed that he has had a keen interest in this since studying creative writing at GCSE level.

What else has Himesh Patel appeared in?

Since leaving Eastenders, Patel has gone on to play the role of social worker Nitin in the Channel 4 sitcom Damned. He has also appeared in a number of short films, and in 2017 starred opposite David Tennant in the West End show Don Juan in Soho. Having now starred in television and theatre, Yesterday marks Patel's feature film debut.

What do we need to know about Yesterday?

What would you do if you were the only person who remembered the Beatles? After being hit by a bus, struggling musician Jack Malik wakes up to discover that he is the only person in the world who remembers their songs. After plagiarising their songs, Jack goes on to become a huge star, but he can't keep up the act forever...

Yesterday was first announced by Boyle and Curtis in March 2018, when it was revealed that they were teaming up on a musical comedy set in the 1960s. Patel's casting was announced at the same time, with Lily James (Baby Driver), Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters) and Ed Sheeran later being added to the line-up. The world premiere takes place at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on 5th May.

What's next for Himesh Patel? 

Well, he's certainly keeping busy following Yesterday. Later this year he's due to appear in The Aeronauts, a biographical film which also reunites The Theory of Everything co-stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones as navigators in a global hot air balloon journey.

And towards the end of last year, it was announced Patel would join the cast of the BBC mini-series The Luminaries. Based on the acclaimed novel by Eleanor Catton, the series also stars Ewen Leslie and Benedict Hardie. Will Yesterday open up even more opportunities for this rising British star? We've no doubt it will.

Yesterday is released in the UK on 28th June, so let us know @Cineworld if you think its leading man is going places.

Hannah Dixon is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.