He competed regularly in both national and international championships, including the 2004 AIMAA (Action International Martial Arts Association) World Championships in Dublin, where he won a bronze medal.
The World Championships took place in October 2004, when he was a red belt competing in the junior division against other red and black belts.
Patel said that he was "bloody energetic" as a child, and used to get in trouble at school because of it.
He started training at the Rayners Lane Academy of Taekwondo in 2000.
However, after Michael cheats on Jamal, they break up indefinitely.
Although Jamal and Michael have dated prior to the debut episode, their relationship was often hidden.
His portrayal of Neal Sampat on the HBO television series The Newsroom (2012–2014) earned him a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
He was given the Best Actor award for his performance.
Patel later attended Whitmore High School, receiving an A* in GCSE Drama for his "self-penned portrayal of a child in the Beslan school siege".
The Jamal-Michael Relationship is the formerly romantic relationship between Jamal Lyon and Michael Sanchez.
Throughout season 1, Jamal and Michael's relationship takes a turn to the worst.