London, RP, Northern, Manchester, Pakistani, Indian
Whether he's playing an American investment analyst or a professor in Lahore ('Reluctant Fundamentalist'), a college student in America ('Criminal Justice'), a jihadist from Sheffield ('Four Lions') or a South London wannabe gangster (III Manors), Riz's acting talent and vocal dexterity (he's also an acclaimed MC) have made him one of the UK's most sought-after young actors. Eloquent and self-assured - just listen to his reel.
Riz Ahmed is a critically acclaimed actor, musician, writer, producer, and activist. He became one of Hollywood’s most sought after artists following the explosive success of HBO’s THE NIGHT OF, written and created by the legendary Steven Zaillan for which he won an Emmy Award, and was Golden Globe and SAG nominated. He has starred in feature films including ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, Jacques Audiard’s THE SISTERS BROTHERS, Sony/Marvel’s VENOM, as well as indie hits such as NIGHTCRAWLER and Chris Morris’ cult classic FOUR LIONS. Up next, he stars in director Darius Marder’s SOUND OF METAL about a professional drummer’s descent into unexpected hearing loss.
As a music artist Ahmed came up as a rap battle champion, going on to write and perform both as a solo artist and with Swet Shop Boys. His provocative debut release Post 9/11 Blues was banned from public radio before a viral groundswell forced it on, and his mixtape Englistan was praised for its provocative exploration of identity. The Swet Shop Boys debut album ‘Cashmere’ was hailed as a landmark release for its articulation of the South Asian diasporic experience, leading to international tours, a Coachella performance, and protestors against Trump’s Muslim ban chanting their songs outside American airports.
As a vocal advocate for inclusion, Ahmed’s award-winning piece in the Nikesh Shukla–edited collection of essays The Good Immigrant, has been dubbed “essential reading”. In Spring 2017, he was guest-speaker at the British Parliament’s House of Commons where he spoke about diversity and representation. That same year, he was on the cover of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People.