- Riz Ahmed
- Net Worth : £2.3 million
- Change : £30,220 - % 1.5 (Last Updated: 05.30.20 )
Ahmed later studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His film career began in the Michael Winterbottom film The Road to Guantanamo, in which he played the part of Shafiq Rasul, a member of the Tipton Three.
He was initially known for his work in the independent film The Road to Guantanamo, and other independent films such as Shifty, Four Lions, Trishna, and Ill Manors, before his breakout role in Nightcrawler.
In 2007, he portrayed Sohail Waheed in the Channel 4 drama, Britz. Ahmed then portrayed Riq in the five-part horror thriller Dead Set for E4 and Manesh Kunzru in ITV1’s Wired in 2008. In July 2009 he appeared in Freefall alongside Sarah Harding.
He was nominated for Best Actor at the 2008 British Independent Film Awards for his role in the 2009 independent film Shifty, alongside Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.
He also starred in the HBO miniseries The Night Of as Nasir Khan; the show and his performance were critically lauded, earning him Golden Globe and SAG nominations. He received his second British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Actor in Four Lions.
In 2012, he starred as one of the leading roles in the London-based film Ill Manors, directed by Plan B as Aaron. Ahmed received his third British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Actor.
In 2014, Ahmed appeared in Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut film Nightcrawler where he played role of Rick, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. Ahmed received acclaim for his portrayal in the film and gained numerous awards nominations during awards season.
Ahmed also appeared on TIME magazine’s The Most Influential People of 2017 list.
In 2006, Ahmed released a satirical social-commentary rap track entitled “Post 9/11 Blues”. The song was initially banned from British airplay because the lyrics were deemed “politically sensitive”
He was selected as a BBC Introducing artist in 2007, playing the Glastonbury Festival and the BBC Electric Proms. He opened the Meltdown Festival with Bristol-based trip-hop group Massive Attack at the Royal Festival Hall in 2008, and was appointed ‘Emerging Artist in Residence’ at the Southbank Centre in London. He played at the London Camp for Climate Action in August 2009.
Ahmed also co-founded the Hit & Run night in Oxford, which has since moved to Manchester. Hit & Run has gone on to become one of Manchester’s leading underground music events.
In 2011, he released his debut album, Microscope, which was re-released with additional remixes in 2012.
On 1 December 2011, it was announced that Riz MC had signed to Tru Thoughts, an independent label in Brighton.
He has also featured in The Hamilton Mixtape, which topped the Billboard 200 chart.
In 2016, he released the nine-track mixtape, Englistan. As a rapper, he is also a member of the Swet Shop Boys.