Adeel Akhtar



Place of birth:

London, England, UK:


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.

Film Credits

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

TV Series Credits

Back to Life (2019)
as Billy
Les Misérables (2018)
as Thenardier
Les Misérables (2018)
as Thénardier
Killing Eve (2018)
as Martin
Ghosted (2017)
as Dr. Barry Shaw
The Night Manager (2016)
as Rob Singhal
Capital (2015)
as Ahmed
River (2015)
as Ira King
Utopia (2013)
as Wilson Wilson
The Angelos Epithemiou Show (2012)
as Gupta
Conviction (2006)
Sweet Tooth ()