Adeel Akhtar

Adeel Akhtar


  • Known For: Acting
  • Birthday: 18-09-1980
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: London, England, UK
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  • Popularity: 3.93
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Akhtar is known for the bumbling Muslim extremist Faisal in Chris Morris's film Four Lions.[3] Other comedic performances include Gupta in The Angelos Epithemiou Show,[4] Maroush in The Dictator[4] and Smee in Joe Wright and Pan.[5] Akhtar has also won acclaim for his dramatic performances: in 2015, he was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his 2014 role as Wilson Wilson on Channel 4's Utopia.[6] He played shopkeeper Ahmed alongside Toby Jones in the BBC mini-series Capital,[7] and DS Ira King in the BBC's River.[8] Reviewing River in The Daily Telegraph, Michael Hogan wrote, "This series was beautifully written by Abi Morgan, stylishly directed, and most of all, superbly acted. The quieter, less showy supporting players also shone. Not just stalwarts [...] but fresher faces: Adeel Akhtar as River's endlessly patient sidekick and Georgina Rich as his psychiatrist".[9] In 2016 Akhtar appeared as Shahzad in the BBC one-off drama Murdered by My Father. He won the 2017 BAFTA award for Lead Actor for this role,[10] the first non-white actor to do so.[11] He also appeared as Rob Singhal in the acclaimed BBC miniseries based on John le Carré's The Night Manager.[12] His latest role is as Billy in the 2019 critically acclaimed series on BBC Three, Back to Life, written by Daisy Haggard and Laura Salon. Adeel became a patron of Half Moon Theatre in autumn 2016.




Year Movie Character
2015 War Book as Mo
2016 The Circuit as Gabe
2013 Stranger Things as Mani
2016 Murdered by My Father
1970 Ali & Ava as Ali
2013 Convenience as Shaan
2013 Keeping Up with the Joneses as Jerry
2010 Four Lions as Faisal
2016 The Last Dragonslayer as Mr. Brittles
2020 The Nest as Steve
2017 Victoria & Abdul as Mohammed
2018 Swimming with Men as Kurt
2013 Jadoo as Vinod
2017 The Show
2017 The Big Sick as Naveed Nanjiani
2015 Pan as Sam Smiegel
2020 Enola Holmes as Lestrade
2021 Everybody's Talking About Jamie as Iman Masood
2012 The Dictator as Maroush
2019 Murder Mystery as Maharajah
2008 Traitor as Hamzi
1970 Louis Wain
2019 Raagni - The Movie as Maulana Wahdi
2017 Hampstead as Donald's Lawyer

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