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Adeel Akhtar (Urdu: عدیل اختر‎; born 18 September 1980) is a BAFTA
BAFTA
award-winning British actor.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Filmography

3.1 Film 3.2 Television 3.3 Stage

4 References 5 External links

Early life[edit] Akhtar was born in London, to a Pakistani father and a Kenyan mother. He has a sister named Sadia Akhtar, seven years older than he. He was educated at Cheltenham College[1] Junior School from 1991 to 1994 and then moved to Cheltenham College in Newick House from 1994 to 1999. He originally completed a degree in law, but decided to follow his passion and change to acting, training at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York.[2] Career[edit] Akhtar is known for the bumbling Muslim
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
Joe Wright
and Warner Bros.' movie Pan.[5] Akhtar has also won acclaim for his dramatic performances: in 2015, he was nominated for a BAFTA
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
Toby Jones
in the BBC
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
BBC
one-off drama Murdered by My Father. He won the 2017 BAFTA
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
BBC
miniseries based on John Le Carre's The Night Manager.[12] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role

2002 Let's Roll: The Story of Flight 93 Hijacker Saeed Al Ghamdi

2008 Traitor Hamzi

2010 Four Lions Faisal

2010 Stranger Things Mani

2012 The Dictator Maroush

2013 Jadoo Vinod

2013 Convenience Shaan

2014 War Book Mo

2015 Pan Smee

2017 The Big Sick Naveed

2017 Victoria & Abdul Mohammed

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Hazim Episode: "Dollhouse"

2006 Conviction Dr. Darpan Banerjee Episode: "Downhill"

2010 Angelos Epithemiou's Moving On Gupta

2011 Coming Up Hasan Episode: "Hooked"

2013-2014 The Job Lot George

2013 Trollied Ray Season 3

2013–2014 Utopia Wilson Wilson Nominated—British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor[13]

2015 River Detective Sergeant Ira King

2015 Capital[14] Ahmed Kamal

2016 The Night Manager[15] Rob Singhal

2016 Murdered by My Father Shahzad Television Movie - Winner of the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor

2017 Unforgotten Hassan Mahmoud Series 2

2017 Apple Tree Yard Jaspreet Episodes 3 and 4

2017 Ghosted Barry Main cast

Stage[edit]

2008: The Colonel as Zero (Theatre Absolute) 2008: In My Name as Zaeem (Old Red Lion & Trafalgar Studios) 2009: Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights
as Yusuf (Tamasha Theatre Company) 2010: Satyagraha (Ensemble) (Improbable theatre) 2011–2012: Hamlet
Hamlet
as Guildenstern and Francisco (Young Vic Theatre)

References[edit]

^ Harris, Andrew (January 2012). "From Terrorist to the Prince of Denmark". Floreat Cheltonia: The Cheltonian Association Magazine (5). p. 35. Retrieved 20 May 2017.  ^ Fisher, Alice; John, Emma; Shaitly, Shahesta (11 May 2014). "Dominic West, Adeel Akhtar, Rory Kinnear, Andrew Buchan, Jodie Whittaker, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Simon Bird: Bafta TV awards 2014". The Observer. London. Retrieved 15 May 2017.  ^ Bradshaw, Peter (6 May 2010). "Four Lions". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 15 May 2017.  ^ a b "Adeel Akhtar". www.bfi.org.uk. British Film Institute. Retrieved 15 May 2017.  ^ Ford, Rebecca (24 April 2014). "Amanda Seyfried Joins Warner Bros.' Peter Pan Adaptation". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 16 May 2017.  ^ "Who should win best supporting actor at the TV Baftas 2015?". Radio Times. London. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2017.  ^ "Capital: Episode 1: Credits". BBC
BBC
Online. BBC. Retrieved 15 May 2017.  ^ "River: Episode 1: Credits". BBC
BBC
Online. BBC. Retrieved 15 May 2017.  ^ Hogan, Michael (17 November 2015). "River, episode six, review: 'one of the year's best home-grown TV dramas'". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 17 November 2015.  ^ "Bafta TV Awards 2017: All the winners and nominees". www.bbc.co.uk. BBC. 14 May 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2017.  ^ "Bafta TV awards: Adeel Akhtar is first non-white best actor winner". BBC
BBC
News. 15 May 2017.  ^ "The Night Manager: Credits". BBC
BBC
Online. BBC. Retrieved 15 May 2017.  ^ Alex Ritman (8 April 2015). " BAFTA
BAFTA
TV Awards: Benedict Cumberbatch Gets Third Nomination for 'Sherlock'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 April 2015.  ^ " BBC
BBC
One: Capital: Credits". BBC
BBC
Online. Retrieved 24 November 2015.  ^ "Meet the cast of The Night Manager". The Radio Times. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 

External links[edit]

Adeel Akhtar at the British Film Institute Adeel Akhtar on IMDb

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BAFTA
BAFTA
TV Award for Best Actor

Paul Rogers (1955) Peter Cushing
Peter Cushing
(1956) Michael Gough (1957) Michael Hordern
Michael Hordern
(1958) Donald Pleasence
Donald Pleasence
(1959) Patrick McGoohan
Patrick McGoohan
(1960) Lee Montague (1961) Rupert Davies
Rupert Davies
(1962) Harry H. Corbett
Harry H. Corbett
(1963) Alan Badel
Alan Badel
(1964) Patrick Wymark
Patrick Wymark
(1965) Alan Badel
Alan Badel
(1966) Warren Mitchell
Warren Mitchell
(1967) Eric Porter (1968) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
(1969) Edward Woodward
Edward Woodward
(1970) Keith Michell
Keith Michell
(1971) John Le Mesurier
John Le Mesurier
(1972) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1973) Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay
(1974) Peter Barkworth (1975) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1976) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1977) Peter Barkworth (1978) Edward Fox (1979) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1980) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1981) Anthony Andrews
Anthony Andrews
(1982) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1983) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1984) Tim Pigott-Smith
Tim Pigott-Smith
(1985) Bob Peck (1986) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(1987) David Jason (1988) Ray McAnally (1989) John Thaw
John Thaw
(1990) Ian Richardson
Ian Richardson
(1991) Robert Lindsay (1992) John Thaw
John Thaw
(1993) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1994) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1995) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1996) Nigel Hawthorne (1997) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(1998) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1999) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2000) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2001) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2002) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2003) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2004) Rhys Ifans
Rhys Ifans
(2005) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2006) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2007) Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
(2008) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2009) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2010) Daniel Rigby (2011) Dominic West
Dominic West
(2012) Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw
(2013) Sean Harris (2014) Jason Watkins (2015) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2016) Adeel Akhtar (2017)

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