2016 was a breakout year for Riz Ahmed, who found himself in the lead role of the acclaimed HBO drama The Night Of as well as supporting roles in the latest Jason Bourne film and Star Wars: Rogue One. A British-Pakistani, Riz graduated from Oxford before pursuing a career in the arts. He initially gained some recognition for his music with his satirical song Post 9/11 Blues before transitioning to acting. In his career, he has demonstrated great versatility with films ranging from the dark comedy Four Lions to the well-received thriller Nightcrawler. In 2017, he received two Emmy nominations for his performance in The Night Of and his guest spot in the final season of Girls. The same year, Time Magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Source of Influence: Arts & Culture
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