B ritish star and rapper Riz Ahmed made history on Sunday night when he ended up being the first Asian guy and first Muslim to take home an Emmy Award for acting.
Ahmed, who was born to British Pakistani moms and dads in Wembley, won over Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert De Niro and Ewan McGregor to take house the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category for his efficiency in The Night Of.
Ahmed plays Nasir “Naz” Khan in the HBO-produced drama, which follows the unpicking of a complicated murder case in New York City, in which Khan, a college trainee, is implicated of killing a lady on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
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hmed was among four individuals of colour who won acting awards throughout Sunday’s awards. Donald Glover, who is also an artist under the name of Childish Gambino, became the very first black winner of the Outstanding Directing for a Funny Series for Atlanta, while Lena Waithe ended up being the first black female to win Exceptional Writing for a Comedy Series for her input on Netflix funny Master of None. Her co-writer, Aziz Ansari, who also stars in the series, also took home the gong.B efore
Ahmed, the only other person of Asian descent to win an acting Emmy was Archie Panjabi in 2010, who won the award for Exceptional Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her function as Kalinda Sharma in The Great Partner.