Riz Ahmed is a British actor, activist, and rapper. As a performer, he is called Riz MC. He has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award, three British Independent Film Awards, and two Emmy Awards. He won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role in the show The Night Of.
Riz Ahmed is currently experiencing a surge in popularity, but before his commercial success, he was known for his role in several independent films, including Ill Manors, The Road To Guantanamo, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Four Lions, Shifty, and Trishna.
Thanks to his hard work and perseverance, he received his breakout role when he was cast in the 2014 movie Nightcrawler, which starred Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, and Bill Paxton. Later he played in City Of Tiny Lights, Una, Jason Bourne, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is probably the movie role that made Riz Ahmed a household name with his character Bodhi Rook. In the Star Wars universe, Bodhi Rook was a defected Imperial pilot who helped the Rebel Alliance in their cause to get the Death Star plans.
In The Night Of he played Nasir Khan, a university student of Pakistani-American descent accused of killing a girl in New York City. The show and his portrayal of Nasir Khan met with general applause and critical acclaim. Shortly thereafter, he made a guest appearance on the HBO series “Girls”. For both roles, he was nominated for the Emmy Awards.
When he won the Emmy Award for The Night Of, he was the first Muslim and the first Asian to win in the category “Outstanding Leading Actor in a Limited Series or Movie”.
As mentioned above, Riz Ahmed is a rapper; for this side of his profession, he is a member of the Sweet Shop Boys, who are not only commercially successful but also celebrated and respected members of the hip hop community. He was also featured on the Hamilton mixtape, on the song “Immigrants, We Get The Job Done”. The song not only earned him a top spot on the Billboard 200, but also an MTV Video Music Award.
Beyond music, film, and television, he is also known for his activism and attempts to raise awareness of Syrian refugees and the Rohingya people. He has also been a serious advocate for greater representation in the British House of Commons.
All his efforts were rewarded when he was listed by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Bio & Age
Rizwan Ahmed was born on 1 December 1982 in Wembley, London, to a British-Pakistani family. During the partition of India in 1947, his grandparents moved from India to Pakistan. His parents, who are descended from Muhajir, moved from Karachi in Pakistan to England in the 1970s.
Riz comes from an exceptional lineage, as his ancestor, Sir Shah Muhammad Sulaiman, was the first Indian Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh during colonial times.
The young actor received a scholarship to attend Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood, a private day school for boys in the United Kingdom. He later graduated from Christ Church, Oxford University, with a PPE degree (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics). He also studied acting at the prestigious Acting School, Central School of Speech and Drama. Other notable graduates of the Central School of Speech and Drama include Judi Dench, Laurence Olivier, Kit Harington, Martin Freeman, Graham Norton, Andrew Garfield, and Vanessa Redgrave.
Riz Ahmed’s Wife & Girlfriend: Is He Gay?
Riz Ahmed has been in the entertainment industry for some time, but it is only recently that he has begun to gain popularity. During this time he has used his platform to create awareness of issues that are important to him. This is probably the reason why he does not talk about his private life so that readers are not distracted from the importance of the issues he tries to address. He would certainly not be the first celebrity to do so.
However, since Riz has refused to address his sexuality and talk about his relationships in public, the media is forced to speculate about it. Many have wondered if he is gay or heterosexual, but so far no one knows because it has not been publicly discussed. Yet he has shared one or two things as his love interest with many of Hollywood’s most beautiful ladies, including Kate Hudson.
If he is currently in a relationship or married, he has made great efforts to keep this under wraps, as no one knows if he has a girlfriend or wife. But this kind of secrecy is usually short-lived.
Height, Weight & Body Measurements
Riz Ahmed is currently 1.72m (5 feet 8 inches) tall and weighs 70kg (154lbs). He is in enviable shape, as is often demanded in Hollywood. His other measurements are chest – 38 inches, waist – 30 inches, and biceps – 13 inches.