Riz Ahmed

Rizwan "Riz" Ahmed (born 1 December 1982), also known as Riz MC, is a British actor and rapper. As an actor, he was initially known for his work in independent films such as The Road to Guantanamo, Shifty, Four Lions, Trishna, and Ill Manors, before his breakout role in Nightcrawler. Since then, he has appeared in the films Una, Jason Bourne, and the first Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One. He also starred in the HBO miniseries The Night Of as Nasir Khan; the show and his performance were critically lauded, earning him Golden Globe and SAG nominations.

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The Road to Guantanamo (2006)

Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winterbottom  •  Mat Whitecross
CAST:  Riz Ahmed  •  Farhad Harun  •  Waqar Siddiqui  •  Afran Usman

Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winterbottom  •  Mat Whitecross
CAST:  Riz Ahmed  •  Farhad Harun  •  Waqar Siddiqui  •  Afran Usman

Trishna (2011)

When her father is killed in a road accident, Trishna's family expect her to provide for them. The rich son of an entrepreneur starts to restlessly pursue her affections, but are his intentions as pure as they seem?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winterbottom
CAST:  Freida Pinto  •  Riz Ahmed  •  Roshan Seth  •  Mita Vasisht

When her father is killed in a road accident, Trishna's family expect her to provide for them. The rich son of an entrepreneur starts to restlessly pursue her affections, but are his intentions as pure as they seem?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winterbottom
CAST:  Freida Pinto  •  Riz Ahmed  •  Roshan Seth  •  Mita Vasisht

Out of Darkness (2013)

A unique story told by nine different actors which explores the haunting of a conscience by lost souls that won't let go.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Manjinder Virk
CAST:  Riz Ahmed  •  Asheq Akhtar  •  Jimmy Akingbola  •  Christine Bottomley

A unique story told by nine different actors which explores the haunting of a conscience by lost souls that won't let go.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Manjinder Virk
CAST:  Riz Ahmed  •  Asheq Akhtar  •  Jimmy Akingbola  •  Christine Bottomley

Nightcrawler (2014)

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When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Gilroy
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Bill Paxton  •  Rene Russo  •  Kevin Rahm

When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Gilroy
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Bill Paxton  •  Rene Russo  •  Kevin Rahm

Closed Circuit (2013)

A terrorist attack in London results in the capture of suspect, and the attorney general appoints Claudia Simmons-Howe as special advocate on his defence team. On the eve of the trial, the accused's attorney dies and a new one, Martin Rose, steps in. Martin and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Crowley
CAST:  Eric Bana  •  Rebecca Hall  •  Ciarán Hinds  •  Jim Broadbent

A terrorist attack in London results in the capture of suspect, and the attorney general appoints Claudia Simmons-Howe as special advocate on his defence team. On the eve of the trial, the accused's attorney dies and a new one, Martin Rose, steps in. Martin and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Crowley
CAST:  Eric Bana  •  Rebecca Hall  •  Ciarán Hinds  •  Jim Broadbent

Baghdad Express (2008)

A young girl working in her father's Arabic restaurant is forced to decide which comes first - her dreams or her family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nimer Rashed
CAST:  Georgina Leonidas  •  Riz Ahmed  •  Nayef Rashed  •  Erin Wilson

A young girl working in her father's Arabic restaurant is forced to decide which comes first - her dreams or her family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nimer Rashed
CAST:  Georgina Leonidas  •  Riz Ahmed  •  Nayef Rashed  •  Erin Wilson

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013)

In New York, a Pakistani native finds that his American Dream has collapsed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Riz Ahmed  •  Kate Hudson  •  Kiefer Sutherland  •  Liev Schreiber

In New York, a Pakistani native finds that his American Dream has collapsed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Riz Ahmed  •  Kate Hudson  •  Kiefer Sutherland  •  Liev Schreiber

Black Gold (2011)

On the Arabian Peninsula in the 1930s, two warring leaders come face to face. The victorious Nesib, Emir of Hobeika, lays down his peace terms to rival Amar, Sultan of Salmaah. The two men agree that neither can lay claim to the area of no man’s land between them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Jacques Annaud
CAST:  Mark Strong  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Freida Pinto  •  Tahar Rahim

On the Arabian Peninsula in the 1930s, two warring leaders come face to face. The victorious Nesib, Emir of Hobeika, lays down his peace terms to rival Amar, Sultan of Salmaah. The two men agree that neither can lay claim to the area of no man’s land between them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Jacques Annaud
CAST:  Mark Strong  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Freida Pinto  •  Tahar Rahim

Ill Manors (2012)

Ensemble film revolving around characters living in Forest Gate, London. Over the course of a few days, six inter-linking stories explore issues of drug use, prostitution and urban poverty.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Drew
CAST:  Riz Ahmed  •  Ed Skrein  •  Natalie Press  •  Anouska Mond

Ensemble film revolving around characters living in Forest Gate, London. Over the course of a few days, six inter-linking stories explore issues of drug use, prostitution and urban poverty.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Drew
CAST:  Riz Ahmed  •  Ed Skrein  •  Natalie Press  •  Anouska Mond

Freefall (2009)

FREEFALL is the first drama to tackle the extraordinary financial crisis Britons are living through. Helmed by multiple BAFTA-winning director Dominic Savage, the film takes a startling and provocative look at the events that caused people's lives to spiral out of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dominic Savage
CAST:  Dominic Cooper  •  Aidan Gillen  •  Joseph Mawle  •  Riz Ahmed

FREEFALL is the first drama to tackle the extraordinary financial crisis Britons are living through. Helmed by multiple BAFTA-winning director Dominic Savage, the film takes a startling and provocative look at the events that caused people's lives to spiral out of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dominic Savage
CAST:  Dominic Cooper  •  Aidan Gillen  •  Joseph Mawle  •  Riz Ahmed

Four Lions (2010)

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A group of young Muslim men living in Sheffield decide to wage jihad, and they hatch an inept plan to become suicide bombers. Omar and Waj have a brief, disastrous run at a Pakistan training camp, while Faisal works on an unlikely scheme to train birds to carry bombs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Morris
CAST:  Riz Ahmed  •  Nigel Lindsay  •  Kayvan Novak  •  Adeel Akhtar

A group of young Muslim men living in Sheffield decide to wage jihad, and they hatch an inept plan to become suicide bombers. Omar and Waj have a brief, disastrous run at a Pakistan training camp, while Faisal works on an unlikely scheme to train birds to carry bombs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Morris
CAST:  Riz Ahmed  •  Nigel Lindsay  •  Kayvan Novak  •  Adeel Akhtar

Centurion (2010)

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Britain, A.D. 117. Quintus Dias, the sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus' legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the Earth and destroy their leader, Gorlacon.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neil Marshall
CAST:  Michael Fassbender  •  Andreas Wisniewski  •  Dave Legeno  •  Axelle Carolyn

Britain, A.D. 117. Quintus Dias, the sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus' legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the Earth and destroy their leader, Gorlacon.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neil Marshall
CAST:  Michael Fassbender  •  Andreas Wisniewski  •  Dave Legeno  •  Axelle Carolyn

Shifty (2009)

Shifty, a young crack cocaine dealer in London, sees his life quickly spiral out of control when his best friend returns home. Stalked by a customer desperate to score at all costs, and with his family about to turn their back on him for good, Shifty must out-run ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eran Creevy
CAST:  Riz Ahmed  •  Daniel Mays  •  Jason Flemyng  •  Francesca Annis

Shifty, a young crack cocaine dealer in London, sees his life quickly spiral out of control when his best friend returns home. Stalked by a customer desperate to score at all costs, and with his family about to turn their back on him for good, Shifty must out-run ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eran Creevy
CAST:  Riz Ahmed  •  Daniel Mays  •  Jason Flemyng  •  Francesca Annis

Rage (2009)

A schoolboy uses his cellphone camera to shoot intimate interviews with people working at a New York fashion house and secretly posts them on the internet. Result: a bitterly funny expose of an industry in crisis, during a week in which an accident on the runway ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sally Potter
CAST:  Simon Abkarian  •  Patrick J. Adams  •  Riz Ahmed  •  Bob Balaban

A schoolboy uses his cellphone camera to shoot intimate interviews with people working at a New York fashion house and secretly posts them on the internet. Result: a bitterly funny expose of an industry in crisis, during a week in which an accident on the runway ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sally Potter
CAST:  Simon Abkarian  •  Patrick J. Adams  •  Riz Ahmed  •  Bob Balaban

Britz (2007)

Sohail is an ambitious law undergraduate who signs up with MI5 and, eager to play a part in protecting British security, begins an investigation into a terrorist cell. His sister Nasima is a medical student in Leeds who becomes increasingly alienated and angered by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Kosminsky
CAST:  Manjinder Virk  •  Riz Ahmed  •  Ravin J. Ganatra  •  Mary Stockley

Sohail is an ambitious law undergraduate who signs up with MI5 and, eager to play a part in protecting British security, begins an investigation into a terrorist cell. His sister Nasima is a medical student in Leeds who becomes increasingly alienated and angered by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Kosminsky
CAST:  Manjinder Virk  •  Riz Ahmed  •  Ravin J. Ganatra  •  Mary Stockley

City of Tiny Lights (2016)

In the teeming, multicultural metropolis of modern-day London, a seemingly straightforward missing-person case launches a down-at-heel private eye into a dangerous world of religious fanaticism and political intrigue.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Travis
CAST:  Riz Ahmed  •  Billie Piper  •  James Floyd  •  Cush Jumbo

In the teeming, multicultural metropolis of modern-day London, a seemingly straightforward missing-person case launches a down-at-heel private eye into a dangerous world of religious fanaticism and political intrigue.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Travis
CAST:  Riz Ahmed  •  Billie Piper  •  James Floyd  •  Cush Jumbo

Una (2017)

When a young woman unexpectedly arrives at an older man's workplace, looking for answers, the secrets of the past threaten to unravel his new life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Benedict Andrews
CAST:  Rooney Mara  •  Ben Mendelsohn  •  Indira Varma  •  Riz Ahmed

When a young woman unexpectedly arrives at an older man's workplace, looking for answers, the secrets of the past threaten to unravel his new life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Benedict Andrews
CAST:  Rooney Mara  •  Ben Mendelsohn  •  Indira Varma  •  Riz Ahmed

Jason Bourne (2016)

The most dangerous former operative of the CIA is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Greengrass
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Alicia Vikander  •  Vincent Cassel

The most dangerous former operative of the CIA is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Greengrass
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Alicia Vikander  •  Vincent Cassel

Daytimer (2014)

1999, Naseem gives school and home the slip to attend his first daytime rave.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Riz Ahmed
CAST:  Jordan O'Donegan  •  Mim Shaikh  •  Ali Barouti  •  Dillon Mitra

1999, Naseem gives school and home the slip to attend his first daytime rave.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Riz Ahmed
CAST:  Jordan O'Donegan  •  Mim Shaikh  •  Ali Barouti  •  Dillon Mitra

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

A rogue band of resistance fighters unite for a mission to steal the Death Star plans and bring a new hope to the galaxy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gareth Edwards
CAST:  Felicity Jones  •  Diego Luna  •  Ben Mendelsohn  •  Donnie Yen

A rogue band of resistance fighters unite for a mission to steal the Death Star plans and bring a new hope to the galaxy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gareth Edwards
CAST:  Felicity Jones  •  Diego Luna  •  Ben Mendelsohn  •  Donnie Yen
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