Adeel Akhtar is first non-white ‘Best Actor’ winner at The BAFTAs

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On Sunday night, actor Adeel Akhtar made BAFTA TV history by becoming the first non-white ‘Best Leading Actor’ award winner.

Akhtar was recognised for his impressive performance in BBC Three drama ‘Murdered By My Father’, where he played a man who murdered his daughter for falling in love with a man, whilst already being “promised” to another.

The actor is also known for starring in Four Lions, Channel 4’s sci-fi drama Utopia, Sky’s comedy drama Trollied and The Night Manager.

You can watch the acceptance speech for the award below:

The awards themselves were described as a step forward towards diversity- with ‘Damilola, Our Loved Boy’ picking up two awards and ‘Muslims Like Us’ winning best reality and factual show.

Congratulations on your award Adeel! #BritAsiaTV