20 FEBRUARY 2009

Slumdog Millionaire wunderkind Dev Patel can't seem to go anywhere these days without attracting the attention of gorgeous women.

Shortly after being stopped on the Bafta red carpet, by Sharon Stone he was enjoying a cosy chat with Sienna Miller at a pre-Oscars bash.

And as he mingled at the party where guests included Stephen Fry, Gordon Ramsay and Elton John, word out in Hollywood was that he and screen love interest Freida Pinto are dating in real life.

Actor Anil Kapoor – the game show host who quizzes Dev's character in the film – claimed that the two had grown close.

Speaking on US radio the Bollywood star said: "I think this is the beginning of something exciting.

"They definitely make a great pair and look very good together… When I meet them I feel there is something happening," he added.

The 18-year-old British actor has, however, been playing down suggestions of a romance with Freida, 24, saying simply: "We are mates".

Photo: Rex
The actor, who is currently the toast of the film scene because of the success of Slumdog Millionaire, chatted with Sienna Miller at a pre-Oscars do amid talk that he is an item with his leading lady in the film
Photo: Rex
In the run up to the Oscars the 18-year-old Londoner has been hanging out with some of the biggest names in the business, amid reports that romance has sparked between him and his 24-year-old Mumbai co-star Freida (pictured with Dev at the Baftas earlier this year)