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The role catapulted him to international acclaim and newfound fame.
Since then, Patel has starred in films such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Last Airbender and Lion. Patel dated Freida Pinto for six years after they met on the set of Slumdog Millionaire.
The pair were sweethearts who met filming the Danny Boyle movie in 2008, but they confirmed their split at the end of last year.
Speaking to the Guardian, Dev said: "We are incredibly close.
He thanked the “amazing team” who "had the insane task of trying to get this Indian dude, this noodle with wonky teeth and a lazy eye and floppy hair, work in this really hard industry”.
"So when I was invited to one of the fashion shows in London, I went.
Even though I had this preconceived notion – ‘I'm not going to fit in with this crowd, it's going to be intimidating' [his Slumdog co-star]?
Dev 26, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Lion, but lost to Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali.
He took home a BAFTA Award earlier this month, an experience he said was "overwhelming".“Wow! Words, words, words," he stumbled when accepting the award in London.“This is so overwhelming.