Riz Ahmed

British Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed is political, passionate and undeniably talented. The native Londoner first roamed the posh halls of Oxford as a student of philosophy and politics before training at the University of ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1982 in LondonUK

Filmography

Actor (15)

Nightcrawler 2014 (Movie)

Riz (Actor)

Closed Circuit 2013 (Movie)

Nazrul Sharma (Actor)

Day of the Falcon 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Ali (Actor)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist 2013 (Movie)

Changez Khan (Actor)

Ill Manors 2012 (Movie)

Aaron (Actor)

Trishna 2012 (Movie)

Jay (Actor)

Centurion 2010 (Movie)

Tarak (Actor)

Four Lions 2010 (Movie)

Omar (Actor)

Britz 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Set 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rage 2009 (Movie)

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Rage 2009 (Movie)

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Shifty 2009 (Movie)

Shifty (Actor)

The Road To Guantanamo 2006 (Movie)

Shafiq (Actor)

Crime (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

British Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed is political, passionate and undeniably talented. The native Londoner first roamed the posh halls of Oxford as a student of philosophy and politics before training at the University of London's Central School of Speech and Drama. Under the alias Riz MC, he released the satirical rap single "Post 9/11 Blues" in 2006, the same year he made his film debut as Guantanamo Bay detainee Shafiq Rasul in "The Road to Guantanamo." Keenly aware of his Pakistani heritage, Ahmed nevertheless sought out a diverse array of roles. He played the title drug dealer in "Shifty" (2008); a wanna-be suicide bomber in the terrorist satire "Four Lions" (2010); and a complex, controlling hotelier in "Trishna" (2011). But Ahmed wasn't content confining his creativity to just the screen. He parlayed "Post 9/11 Blues" into a successful career as Riz MC, which saw him honored as a BBC Introducing artist four years before the release of his 2011 album, <i>MICroscope</i>. His portrayal of a tough council estate drug dealer in "Ill Manors" (2012) capped off a string of roles that found the intelligent, articulate actor bring his explosive talent to new heights.

EDUCATION

Central School of Speech and Drama

Merchant Taylors' School

Christ Church College, Oxford University

Milestones

2012

Played a drug dealer in "Ill Manors"

2011

Featured opposite Freida Pinto in "Trishna"

2011

Released his debut album, MICroscope

2010

Portrayed a young radical Muslim in "Four Lions"

2008

Played a drug dealer in "Shifty"

2006

Cast in the docudrama "The Road to Guantanamo"

2006

Released first single as Riz MC, "Post 9/11 Blues"

Bonus Trivia

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His first album, 2006's MICroscope, featured a collaboration with his "Ill Manors" director Plan B.

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"I don't think you have to be a politics buff to look around and go, 'Hang on, we're living in the middle of a financial crisis, what was the thinking that allowed us to get here,' or 'Hang on, we're living in constant fear of attack, what's the thinking, the journey, that has brought us here?' People are a lot more switched on and the idea of there being 'political interest' and 'the rest of life' is dissolving." - from HeraldScotland.com, May 1, 2013

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Has a brother who is a psychiatrist, and a sister who is a lawyer.

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Designed an interactive, sci-fi themed website for MICroscope that was named Site of the Day by TheFWA.com in August 2010.

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Was named an Emerging Artist in Residence at London's prestigious Southbank Centre, a sprawling arts complex founded in 1951.

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