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Adeel Akhtar

Akhtar is known for the bumbling Muslim extremist Faisal in Chris Morris's film Four Lions.[3] Other comedic performances include Gupta in The Angelos Epithemiou Show,[4] Maroush in The Dictator[4] and Smee in Joe Wright and Pan.[5] Akhtar has also won acclaim for his dramatic performances: in 2015, he was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his 2014 role as Wilson Wilson on Channel 4's Utopia.[6] He played shopkeeper Ahmed alongside Toby Jones in the BBC mini-series Capital,[7] and DS Ira King in the BBC's River.[8] Reviewing River in The Daily Telegraph, Michael Hogan wrote, "This series was beautifully written by Abi Morgan, stylishly directed, and most of all, superbly acted. The quieter, less showy supporting players also shone. Not just stalwarts [...] but fresher faces: Adeel Akhtar as River's endlessly patient sidekick and Georgina Rich as his psychiatrist".[9] In 2016 Akhtar appeared as Shahzad in the BBC one-off drama Murdered by My Father. He won the 2017 BAFTA award for Lead Actor for this role,[10] the first non-white actor to do so.[11] He also appeared as Rob Singhal in the acclaimed BBC miniseries based on John le Carré's The Night Manager.[12] His latest role is as Billy in the 2019 critically acclaimed series on BBC Three, Back to Life, written by Daisy Haggard and Laura Salon. Adeel became a patron of Half Moon Theatre in autumn 2016.

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Sep 18, 1980 In London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Conviction 2006-03-03
Latest Project:
Movie Ali & Ava 2022
Known For
Poster of Enola Holmes
Poster of Murder Mystery
Poster of The Angelos Epithemiou Show
Poster of The Dictator
Movie Ali & Ava Ali 2022
Movie The Electrical Life of Louis Wain 2022
Series Sweet Tooth Unknown 2022
Movie Everybody's Talking About Jamie Iman Masood 2021-09-17
Movie The Nest Steve 2020-05-08
Movie Enola Holmes Lestrade 2020-09-23
Series Back to Life Billy 2019-04-15
Movie Murder Mystery Maharajah 2019-05-25
Movie Raagni - The Movie Maulana Wahdi 2019-11-15
Series Killing Eve Martin 2018-04-08
Series Les Misérables Thenardier 2018-12-30
Movie Swimming with Men Kurt 2018-07-06
Movie The Show Unknown 2017-06-16
Movie The Big Sick Naveed Nanjiani 2017-03-30
Movie Hampstead Donald's Lawyer 2017-06-23
Movie Victoria & Abdul Mohammed 2017-09-14
Series Ghosted Dr. Barry Shaw 2017-10-01
Series The Night Manager Rob Singhal 2016-02-21
Movie Murdered by My Father Unknown 2016-03-29
Movie The Last Dragonslayer Mr. Brittles 2016-12-25
Movie The Circuit Gabe 2016-08-25
Movie War Book Mo 2015-08-07
Movie Pan Sam Smiegel 2015-09-24
Series River Ira King 2015-10-13
Series Capital Ahmed 2015-11-24
Movie Stranger Things Mani 2013-04-05
Series Utopia Wilson Wilson 2013-01-15
Movie Convenience Shaan 2013-05-10
Movie Keeping Up with the Joneses Jerry 2013-10-18
Movie Jadoo Vinod 2013-09-06
Movie The Dictator Maroush 2012-05-15
Series The Angelos Epithemiou Show Gupta 2012-07-13
Movie Four Lions Faisal 2010-05-07
Movie Traitor Hamzi 2008-08-23
Series Conviction Unknown 2006-03-03