Nephew of Dharmendra and cousin of Sunny, Bobby and Esha Deol, Abhay made his debut in 2005 in his uncle's production 'Socha Na Tha'. The romantic comedy, directed by Imtiaz Ali, wasn't a huge hit but Abhay made his presence felt. He went on to get a role in the multi-starrer Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd., which was his first commercial hit. Next up he won critical acclaim for his role in the suspense thriller 'Manorama Six Feet Under'.
Abhay scored his first solo hit with Anurag Kashyap's 'Dev D', playing a modern-day version of the tragic hero Devdas. He played a rare 'regular hero' role in Anil Kapoor's 'Aisha' opposite Sonam Kapoor, a movie he later dissed even going to the extent of saying that the budget for the leading lady's designer clothes in it was more than his fee.
In 2011, Abhay's got Zoya Akhtar's 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' with Hrithik Roshan and Farhan Akhtar up for release.
He is also dating former Miss Great Britain and 'Shor' star Preeti Desai.