- The Indian American chef is named in the best host category for Bravo’s reality series, while the British Indian is nominated in the best actor category for HBO Max’s miniseries “Station Eleven.”
Indian American celebrity chef and model Padma Lakshmi, host of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program. This is among the reality show’s six nominations for the 74th edition of the awards announced on July 12.
“I am over the moon for all of us at Top Chef,” Lakshmi told Daily Dish. “Receiving this many nominations means the world to us. A big thank you to the Television Academy for recognizing our work. I am beyond happy today.”
Lakshmi is up against the cast of “Queer Eye,” the cast of “Shark Tank,” Nicole Byer from “Nailed It!,” Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman from “Making It,” and RuPaul from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
Other nominations for “Top Chef” include Outstanding Competition Program, Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program, Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program, and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program.
Also nominated is British Indian actor Himesh Patel in the Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie for his role in “Station Eleven.” He is pitted against Colin Firth for “The Staircase,” Andrew Garfield for “Under the Banner of Heaven,” Oscar Isaac for “Scenes from a Marriage,” Michael Keaton for “Dopesick,” and Sebastian Stan for “Pam & Tommy.”
Patel, who plays the role of Jeevan Chaudhary in the HBO Max drama told Screenrant that the role gave him an opportunity “to explore the apocalypse from an entirely different perspective.”
The actor gained popularity as Tamwar Masood in the BBC soap “EastEnders.” The Quint describes Tamar Masood as “a geeky, Muslim boy who secretly wants to be a stand-up comic.” He was 17 when began working on the show in 2007. According to his IMDb profile, he was born on Oct. 13, 1990 in Huntingdon, in Cambridgeshire.
In an interview with Burnt Roti, Patel said “he had a lot of energy when he was a kid.” I would always be impersonating my favorite film/TV characters,” he told the South Asian lifestyle magazine. “I did a play at school when I was 11 and a teacher told my parents that I had a knack for acting,” he said. “So they signed me up to a local youth theatre and soon, I fell in love with performing.”
Patel said acting became his respite from reality. “I always found it hard to fit in and understand human behavior so I escaped into imaginary worlds.”
It was on the penultimate day of his GCSE exam that Patel got a call for an audition for “EastEnders,” he told the magazine. His dad drove him to the audition after his last exam, and after two rounds, the part was his. Patel also appeared as Tamwar in the 2010 spin-off series “EastEnders: E20,” and co-wrote an episode with co-star Charlie G. Hawkins.
However, in March 2016, after nine years with the soap, Patel left the show. He was seen as Nitin, a social worker, in the Channel 4 sitcom “Damned,” as well as in high-profile projects such as Danny Boyle’s “Yesterday” (2019), Tom Harper’s “The Aeronauts” (2019), Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” (2020) and Adam McKay’s “Don’t Look Up” (2021).