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Overview (3)

Born in Wembley, London, England, UK
Nickname Riz MC
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Riz Ahmed (born 1 December 1982), also known by his stage name Riz MC and birth name Rizwan Ahmed, is a British Pakistani actor, rapper, and activist. As an actor, he has won one Emmy Award, out of two Emmy nominations, and was also nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, and three British Independent Film Awards.

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Family (2)

Spouse Fatima Farheen Mirza (2020 - present)
Children None

Trivia (16)

Graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and later enrolled into London's Central School of Speech and Drama.
Also known by his hip-hop alias Riz MC. He released his first hip-hop single in 2006, Riz MC: Post 9/11 Blues (2006): a controversial satire that was temporarily banned from British airplay. It caught the attention of notorious satirist Christopher Morris, who cast him in his BAFTA-winning indie feature Four Lions (2010).
Inspired equally by jungle and hip-hop, Ahmed first got involved with music directly in his mid-teens, cutting his teeth on pirate radio and in battle-rap competitions, of which he won many. He was selected as an inaugural BBC Introducing artist in 2007 at the Glastonbury Festival and at London's Jazz Café for BBC Electric Proms the very same year.
Since graduating from Oxford in 2004, he has worked consistently in theatre, film and television, starring in award-winning dramas The Road to Guantanamo (2006), Shifty (2008) and Four Lions (2010).
Was nominated for the 2012 Shooting Stars Award, which is held every year at the Berlin Film Festival. The award is given to Europe's leading young stars. Previous winners include Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Kelly Macdonald and Carey Mulligan.
He is of Pakistani descent.
Whenever he has to drop his natural English accent for a role, he speaks to everyone on and off set without it until everything is wrapped up.
Merited a position in TIME magazine's "The 100 Most Influential People" (2017) with an homage contributed by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Favorite TV series growing up in the UK was The A-Team (1983).
His Emmy Award-winning role in The Night Of (2016) required him to both lose and bulk up in weight.
In September 2017, he became the first male actor of South Asian origin to win an Emmy, for his role in The Night Of (2016).
Riz Ahmed is also a rapper under the name Riz MC. He won several rap battles in 2005, including at Hit & Run night in Oxford, the Jump-Off, Battlescars, and DJ Nihal's "Bombay Bronx.".
Ahmed has been in two movies with Jake Gyllenhaal: director Dan Gilroy's crime thriller Nightcrawler (2014) and director Jacques Audiard's adventure comedy The Sisters Brothers (2018).
As of 2021 he has become the first ever Muslim to be nominated for a Best Leading Actor Oscar for his film Sound of Metal. The previous Muslim to be nominated and win an Oscar was Mahershala Ali who won for Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight and Green Book.
Brother is a psychiatrist, his sister is an attorney.
Is one of eleven actors of Asian descent nominated for an Academy Award in an acting category. The others are Miyoshi Umeki, Sessue Hayakawa, Mako, Haing S. Ngor, Pat Morita, Ken Watanabe, Rinko Kikuchi, Yuh-Jung Youn, Steven Yeun and Ben Kingsley.

Personal Quotes (6)

The camera or the microphone in the booth is merciless. If you don't believe what you're saying, it hears it. If you don't believe it, it sees it in your eyes, it hears it in your voice that there isn't the conviction there.
[Oxford University] is socially unrepresentative of the real world. The first person I met, I asked to borrow a phone charger. She looked at me, laughed in my face, and told me with no irony or malice that I looked just like Ali G.
What's interesting about the UK is that it celebrates an alternative voice. It's up for telling new stories. Within that fresh range of stories, there are quite a lot of interesting roles out there for young actors... if you seize every opportunity to do the best you can then, just like any freelance profession, word can spread and you might get wider opportunities.
I'm not in a "starry" position to be able to pick and choose, but I am interested in telling stories of substance with great directors - that's my only guiding principle.
[on representing the Asian community] I try and say that in terms of my intentions, that is to represent myself. But in terms of an awareness of it, like, you know, you're aware of the fact that you do represent more than yourself if there aren't a variety of representatives. It's the same as, like, the dad in East is East is just a character that someone has written, but if there's only one Asian dad on TV for five years then that figure becomes archetypal - you extrapolate from that to represent every Asian dad, for example. And if there aren't that many faces on the screen then the faces that are on screen carry extra weight. So I'm aware of that and I don't think putting my head in the sand is fair really because I think we're in the business of trying to articulate... Some times it's healthy to be indulgent and try to articulate your own thoughts, but trying to articulate collective thoughts of us as Asians, particularly if you're a social group that doesn't have much access or platform to voice your own... I'm not saying you should basically represent minorities or disenfranchised people how they want to be represented - how do they want to be represented? That's patronising in itself - but, yeah, I am aware of that.
Riz MC: Post 9/11 Blues (2006) is an observational satire about the surreal circus of fear at that time. It's a generational thing.

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