Adil was born in Birmingham and is of Pakistani and Kenyan origin. He joined the BBC Asian Network in 2002. He presents the daily 6-9am Adil Ray Show. A show best described as popular music with 'stuff' in the middle, including a number of comedy characters and spoofs!
The Adil Ray show has given a platform for young Asian artists including Jay Sean. Adil has also hosted live music showcases and events around the country .
Adil has co-presented BBC 2's music, fashion and lifestyle show, Desi DNA . His TV work has included the late night talk show, The Last Word on Carlton, co-hosting BBC 4's Tales from Europe with Kirsty Wark and the BBC 1 show Heaven and Earth. Adil hosted the BBC 3 documentary Mischief - Is it Coz I is Black? Here Adil tested political correctness by pulling off a number of stunts including purchasing some dark sunglasses to cover the eyes of his "veil wearing wife". The show was a ratings winner!
A talented journalist, Adil secured an exclusive interview for the Asian Network with former Pakistan cricketer turned politician Imran Khan. Imran spoke about his divorce from Jemima for the first time. The interview was later broadcast across BBC television.
A graduate in Marketing, Adil started his radio career in Commercial radio. His shows on Choice FM and Galaxy 105 made him the first British Asian to present a show on mainstream commercial radio. He's happy to fly that flag and fly it high.