Riz Ahmed Just Became The First Pakistani Muslim Actor To Win An Emmy Award

By Iman Zia | 18 Sep, 2017

British Pakistan actor Riz Ahmed has swiftly been on the rise with films like ‘Four Lions,’ The Road To Guantanamo’ and more recently the Star Wars Anthology film ‘Rogue One’. The man isn’t just an actor – he’s quite the rapper too, with his band ‘Swet Shop Boys‘ who often sing about racial prejudice, social injustice, and representation of minorities. With his unapologetic demeanor and outspoken personality, he is definitely going places.


Riz just became the first male actor of Pakistani origin to win an Emmy

He’s made history, and stated in his winning speech “I want to say it is always strange reaping the rewards of a story based on real-world suffering, but if the show has shown a light on some of the prejudice in our societies, xenophobia, some of the injustice in our justice system, then maybe that is something.

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The actor collected his accolade for ‘Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series’ for his role in ‘The Night Of’

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He plays Naz Khan, a Muslim accused of murdering a girl in New York

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Fellow Pakistani-origin actor Kumail Nanjiani was present last night too and supported Riz on his big win

Many gave the actor his rightful stature


And poured out their hearty congratulations


There was rightful talk of deservance


Also, talk of Riz representing the UK


There was talk of how he’s an inspiration for all and how he’s the brown knight in shining armour for everyone!


Riz was part of television history, with a big win for people of color


We were alive to witness this!


And it must be noted that Riz won over respected veterans Robert De Niro, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ewan Mcgregor


Riz has always been advocating the importance of justice for minorities and recently talked about it in The House Of Commons


What did you think of Riz’s win? Have you seen The Night Of?

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