British Asian actor Riz Ahmed made history last night, as he collected the Outstanding Acting in A Limited Series award at the Emmys.
The 34-year-old actor became the first man of Asian descent to win an acting Emmy on Sunday.
The London-born actor and musician was awarded the Outstanding Lead Actor award for his role in HBO’s The Night Of.
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In his speech, he spoke about the diversity in the industry and said: “In terms of US and the UK, I’m really proud to be a Londoner. I’m really proud to be from the UK.”
He also added: “I’m also really aware that actors of colour often have more opportunity in the US, but I think ultimately now we see that TV in particular is a global medium.”
Ahmed plays Nasir Khan, a young Pakistani man who is embroiled in a murder investigation.
Check out Riz Ahmed’s Press Room Interview below.
By Amy Lehal