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Riz Ahmed is a British MC, musician and actor. He is noted for his lead performances in The Road to Guantanamo, Four Lions and Shifty, for which he received a nomination for Best Actor at the 2008 British Independent Film Awards. He has performed at the Glastonbury Festival, the BBC Electric Proms and, at the Meltdown Festival.


'I got into performing because I couldn't sit still or stay out of trouble in class. A few teachers encouraged me to get onto the stage for the school play. Without the encouragement of others I wouldn't be doing music or acting. At every stage I doubted myself, but having people's belief and support is what makes the difference. Arts Award is a crucial scheme to support and develop talent, and widen young people's horizons and raise their ambitions. I wish them best of luck.'

Riz Ahmed