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Dev Patel takes on mathematician role

London-born actor Dev Patel plays mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan in his latest film, The Man Who Knew Infinity.

In 1913, Ramanujan is a 25-year-old shipping clerk with an obsessive aptitude for mathematics.

Living in India and determined to pursue his passion, he writes a letter to G. H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), an eminent mathematics professor at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Ramanujan is brought to England so his theories can be explored.

Patel said: "These films are hard to get made. You're talking about a film that's no big action set pieces and it's not a real comedy. It's an intelligent film."

Patel, who currently lives in Los Angeles, added: "It's always awesome coming back to London. I'm back at the house where I grew up with my family. My mum is a force of nature. There is never a dull moment in my house."

  • 07 Apr 2016
  • From the section London
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