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Riz Ahmed

Riz Ahmed

Rizwan AhmedUrdu: رضوان احمد, romanized: riẓvān aḥmad; Urdu pronunciation: [ɾɪzˌwɑːn ˈɛɦˌməd̪]; is a British actor and rapper. He is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, Primetime Emmy Award, National Board of Review Award, Independent Spirit Award, London Film Critics' Circle Award, and two British Independent Film Awards; he has also received nominations for two Golden Globe Awards, two Bafta Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. He was initially known for his work in independent films such as The Road to Guantánamo (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 and voice Riot in the film Venom (2018), and Ruben Stone in Sound of Metal (2020), the latter of which earned him widespread critical acclaim, his second Golden Globe nomination (following The Night Of) and his first Academy Award nomination, making him the first Muslim to be nominated for Best Actor.As a musician he was formerly known by his stage name Riz MC, he was a member of the Swet Shop Boys, earned critical acclaim with the hip-hop albums Microscope and Cashmere, and earned commercial success with the U.S. 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 accompanying short film that won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. 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.
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