In 2017, Riz Ahmed became the first man of Asian descent to win an Emmy for Outstanding Acting in a Limited Series for his work on HBO’s ‘The Night Of’.
His experience of growing up in a British-Pakistani family and building his career in the years following the 9/11 attacks has shaped him greatly to push the British and global film industry to increase opportunities for minority actors. His efforts have created better representation and deepened the debate on integration and plurality, key foundations to support and nurture Riz and other talented TCKs in the arts.
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This article critiques the UK film industry and its current underrepresentation of minority actors, creating the danger of a single narrative.
The Guardian provides a list of the most influential Asian people in Britain, paving the way for a more representative culture within all spectrums of British society.
Read more about Riz Ahmed’s Emmy award winning speech and the major initiatives that made his work on HBO’s series, ‘The Night Of’, a success.