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Adeel Akhtar Biography

Birth Place:
London, England

Fast Facts

  • Trained with the National Youth Theatre
  • One of his earliest jobs was to sell insurance over the phone
  • When going to audition for drama school in New York in 2002, his airplane was diverted by fighter jets and he was wrongfully arrested at JFK airport for being a suspected terrorist
  • Accepted a BAFTA award on behalf of director Chris Morris in 2011
  • Appeared in Hamlet with the Young Vic Theatre in 2011


  • 2017BAFTA Television Awards-Best Actor: winner
  • 2017Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2015BAFTA Television Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated


  • Humayum Akhtar -- Father