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Award-Winning Actor

Riz Ahmed: Biography at a Glance

  • Riz Ahmed is one of Hollywood’s fastest growing stars, best known for his Emmy Award-winning role in HBO's The Night Of
  • Named one of TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People" for his creative achievements and activism
  • Other film credits include starring roles in the blockbuster hits Venom and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • A leading advocate for cultural representation inside and outside of Hollywood
  • Has dedicated his career to mission-driven creativity, and empowering others to making an impact through their work
Award-Winning Actor

Riz Ahmed is an award-winning actor, writer, creator, producer, musician, director 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-nominated. He went on to star in successful feature films including Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers and most-recently Sony/Marvel’s Venom. He first garnered industry attention in festival favourites Four Lions and Nightcrawler.

As Riz MC, Ahmed came up in the London music scene as a rap battle champion, going on to write and perform both as a solo artist and with his band, Swet Shop Boys. His provocative solo release Post 9/11 Blues was banned before a viral groundswell forced it into radio, and Englistan was critically acclaimed for its exploration of identity. The Swet Shop Boys album, Cashmere, landed the group prestigious gigs including Coachella and Glastonbury. In a nod to their cultural impact, participants at the Los Angeles International Airport protest against Trump’s immigration ban were heard chanting lyrics from “T5.”

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 a prestigious guest-speaker at the British Parliament’s House of Commons where he spoke about diversity and representation. That same year, he graced the cover of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People

“He was great - so smart and thoughtful. He was the favorite session.”


“Riz was simply fantastic. He really contextualized the need for representation and our CEO called the conversation “brilliant.””

World 50

“Riz was amazing. Everyone benefitted from his words and we had extremely positive responses to the event.”

Northwestern University

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