Riz Ahmed
Riz Ahmed

The multi-talented Riz Ahmed continues to take bold strides in his career, demonstrating his skills as a rapper and actor while continuing to advocate for a variety of issues ranging from fundraising for Syrian and Rohingya refugees to highlighting the lack of positive representation of Muslims in the media in the British House of Commons. Riz has quickly become a household name through his acting work in films such as Star Wars: Rogue One, Nightcrawler and 2018’s Venom. In 2017 he became the first Muslim man to take home an Emmy for acting after his critically acclaimed performance in HBO’s The Night Of (for which he was Golden Globe and SAG nominated). During this period he has also performed as a rapper at Coachella and dropped his mixtape ‘Englistan’, which serves as the title to an upcoming ambitiousdrama created by Riz. All these achievements, alongside his continuous and outspoken activism led to Riz being listed in Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2017.

Source of Influence: Arts & Culture

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