Riz Ahmed most recently won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his performance in HBO's The Night Of. In 2016, Riz earned a Golden Globe and SAG nomination for the role. That same year, he also starred as 'Bodhi Rook' in the anthology Star Wars: Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards, in which he stars alongside Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn.
Riz is a three-time nominated Best Actor by the British Independent Film Awards for his lead roles in Shifty, Four Lions and Ill Manors. He starred opposite Kate Hudson in The Reluctant Fundamentalist (directed by Mira Nair), as well as John Crowley’s Closed Circuit. He can also be seen opposite Freida Pinto in Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna. He starred in Night Crawler (directed by Dan Gilroy) with Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as Jason Bourne alongside Matt Damon.
Riz is a member of the hip-hop trio Swet Shop Boys, and he is best known for the critically acclaimed albums Microscope and Cashmere and his feature on the chart-topping Hamilton Mixtape.
He was named one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People" of 2017.