Riz Ahmed

Rizwan Ahmed (Urdu: رضوان احمد, romanized: riẓvān aḥmad; Urdu pronunciation: [ɾɪzˌwɑːn ˈɛɦˌməd̪]; born (1982-12-01)1 December 1982)[1] is a British actor and rapper. As an actor, he has won an Emmy Award and has received nominations for a Golden Globe and three British Independent Film Awards. He was initially known for his work in independent films such as The Road to Guantanamo (2006), Shifty (2008), Four Lions (2010), Trishna (2011), Ill Manors (2012), and The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013), before his breakout role in Nightcrawler (2014).

Riz Ahmed
Ahmed at the premiere of Rogue One in 2016
Rizwan Ahmed

(1982-12-01) 1 December 1982 (age 39)
Wembley, London, England
  • United Kingdom
  • Pakistan
Alma mater
  • Actor
  • rapper
Years active2006–present
(m. 2020)
AwardsFull list
Musical career
Also known asRiz MC
Years active2006–present

In 2016, he appeared in the action film Jason Bourne, and played Bodhi Rook in the Star Wars anthology film Rogue One. He also starred as a young man accused of murder in the HBO miniseries The Night Of, earning critical acclaim. At the 2017 Emmy Awards, he received two nominations, for his performance in The Night Of and his guest role in Girls; he won the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for the former, becoming the first South Asian male to win an acting Emmy,[2] and the first Muslim and first South Asian to win a lead acting Emmy.[3][4] He went on to play Carlton Drake / Riot in the superhero film Venom (2018) and drummer Ruben Stone in the drama film Sound of Metal (2019), a role for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

As a rapper, he is a member of the Swet Shop Boys, earned critical acclaim with the hip hop albums Microscope and Cashmere, and earned commercial success featuring in the Billboard 200 chart topping Hamilton Mixtape, with his song "Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)" winning an MTV Video Music Award. As an activist, he is known for his political rap music, has been involved in raising awareness and funds for Rohingya and Syrian refugee children, and has advocated representation at the House of Commons. In 2017, he was included on the front cover of the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.[5]

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