Riz Ahmed

Riz Ahmed

Rizwan Ahmed, also known as Riz MC, is a British actor, musician, and activist. As an actor, he has won a Primetime Emmy Award and London Film Critics' Circle Award, and received nominations for two Golden Globe Awards, two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards 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), as well as television series such as Britz (2007) and Dead Set (2008), before his breakout role in the film Nightcrawler (2014). 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 Asian male to win an acting Emmy, and the first Muslim and first Asian to win a lead acting Emmy. He went on to play Carlton Drake in the film Venom (2018), and Ruben Stone in Sound of Metal (2020), the latter of which earned him critical praise and his second Golden Globe nomination (after The Night Of). As a musician, he was a member of the Swet Shop Boys, earned critical acclaim with the hip hop albums Microscope and Cashmere, and earned commercial success charting on the US Billboard 200 topping Hamilton Mixtape, with his song "Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)" winning an MTV Video Music Award. In 2020, Ahmed released The Long Goodbye, a critically acclaimed album with an award winning accompanying short film. 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 for representation at the House of Commons. In 2017, he was included on the front cover of the annual Time 100 list of the world's most influential people.