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Riz Ahmed: Road to Englistan

Nikki Bedi interviews one of Britain's most successful and outspoken actors, Riz Ahmed. They talk about movies, music and politics, as well as the obstacles that Riz has overcome.

Nikki Bedi interviews one of Britain's most successful - and outspoken - actors, Riz Ahmed. He is currently writing Englistan, a multi-generational drama for BBC Two, and has starred in numerous critically lauded films and TV series including The Reluctant Fundamentalist, HBO's The Night Of (for which he won an Emmy) - and Rogue One - part of the world-conquering Star Wars franchise.

Nikki meets Riz in Brooklyn where he has been rehearsing a new film: over a career-spanning interview, they talk about movies, music and politics, as well as the obstacles that Riz has overcome. Riz opens up about his childhood in Wembley as the son of immigrants from Pakistan, and he talks about growing up in a 'cultural no-man's land' - switching identities as he moved between his (traditionally Muslim) family life, his predominantly white school and his mates who were into British Asian street culture. Riz discusses working with talents such as Chris Morris, his roles in films such as Nightcrawler and The Night Of, and blockbusters such as Jason Bourne, the Marvel film Venom and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

29 minutes

Last on

Wed 10 Oct 2018 01:05

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Nikki Bedi
Interviewed Guest Riz Ahmed
Director John Das
Executive Producer Sebastian Barfield
Executive Producer John Durrant
Production Company Academy 7 Limited

Broadcasts

  • Mon 27 Aug 2018 22:00
  • Wed 29 Aug 2018 23:15
  • Wed 10 Oct 2018 01:05

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