Riz Ahmed: The Midas Touch

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Riz Ahmed poses in the portrait studio at the Pre-Bafta party hosted by EE and Esquire ahead of the 2013 EE British Academy Film Awards>> at The Savoy Hotel on February 6, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Decades before he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, he was just  another working-class British Pakistani man. Years before he became the first male actor of South Asian and Muslim descent to win an Emmy, he was just another brown face in the entertainment industry. Weeks before he won the SAG award for best male actor in a miniseries, his father told him it wasn’t too late to become an investment banker. But time and time again Rizwan “Riz” Ahmed, has exceeded expectations. He’s no longer the frightful teenager that had knives held at his throat because of the color of his skin. Today, he’s a cultural icon, influencing the world for the better. In fact, when he’s not in front of the camera breaking through Hollywood’s not-so-diverse glass ceiling, he’s either rapping about social justice issues or encouraging activism and philanthropy. One thing is certain. Regardless of the stereotypes he’s been subjected to Wembley, London born actor, rapper and activist Riz Ahmed has the Midas Touch.

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