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Dev Patel 'devastated' by Trump ban

Press Association logoPress Association 30/01/2017 David Mercer

Actor Dev Patel has branded Donald Trump's travel ban "horrible" and "divisive" as he arrived at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

The Slumdog Millionaire star, who has earned an Oscar nomination for his role in Lion, says he found it "utterly devastating" that the US president had decided to ban nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering America.

He told the SAG Awards' official red carpet live stream: "I just flew in from India a day ago. When I heard the news it was utterly devastating.

"The first thing that came into my head was the children who arrive on these shores with hope in their hearts.

"It's horrible. It's divisive.

"I hope something changes and something can be done because it really is terrible."

Patel is also nominated for best supporting actor at the SAG Awards for his performance in Lion, the true story of Saroo Brierley, a young Indian boy who was separated from his family and adopted in Australia.

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