THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST
Since graduating from Oxford University in 2004 and the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2005, RIZ AHMED (Changez) has worked consistently in film, theater and television. He landed his first feature, the controversial and gripping docu-drama: The Road to Guantanamo, directed by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, while he was at drama school. This went on to win a number of awards, including the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and Best British Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) in 2006. Riz saw continued success as the lead in the feature film Shifty, directed by Eran Creevy. His performance won him Best Actor at the Geneva Film Festival and a Best Actor nomination at the BIFAs. He received a second Best Actor BIFA nomination for his performance in the hugely successful debut feature Four Lions for director Chris Morris, which premiered in official competition at Sundance. The film also won Chris Morris the BAFTA for An Outstanding Debut. Further film appearances include; Sally Potter's experimental film Rage, co-starring Judi Dench and Jude Law; Neil Marshall's roman epic, Centurion; Jean-Jacques Annaud's Black Gold, co-starring Tahar Rahim, Freida Pinto, Mark Strong and Antonio Banderas; Michael Winterbottom's Trishna, which premiered at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival and Ill Manors, written and directed by Ben Drew (aka Plan B) which will also show at this year's Toronto Film Festival. He has just wrapped filming on John Crowley's latest feature, Closed, alongside Rebecca Hall and Eric Bana. Riz has also starred in a number of notable UK dramas including Britz, directed by Peter Kosminsky for Channel 4, which won Best Drama at the Television BAFTAs and Best Drama at The Royal Television Society Awards, as well as receiving an Emmy nomination, the acclaimed series Dead Set directed by Yann Demange, and Dominic Savage's Freefall. Riz's stage work has included performances at the English National Opera in Gaddafi: A Living Myth for David Freeman and in Prayer Room for Angus Jackson, initially performed at the Edinburgh International Festival. Riz also has an active music career as Riz MC
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