Oscar nominated actor Riz Ahmed will be presented with the Richard Harris Award which is awarded to an actor or actress who has “contributed significantly to British films throughout their career”.
The sound of metal and The night of The actor was a regular at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), winning a total of eight awards at the UK Independent Ceremony. Last year, he won the award for Best First Writer for Mogol Mowgli, her first foray into feature film writing, and Best British Short Film BIFA for The long goodbye.
This year he is nominated in the best actor category for Michael Pearce Meet.
Riz will join the ranks of previous winners including Kristin Scott Thomas, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julie Walters, John Hurt, Emma Thompson, Jim Broadbent and Glenda Jackson.
“I am grateful to the UK independent film community for their immense support throughout these years,” Riz said according to an official report.
“Receiving the Richard Harris Award at BIFA this year is a true honor, I hope I can continue to learn from those who came before me while encouraging the rising generation to pursue their creative dreams. “
Rice has also become one of Britain’s most notable advocates for on-screen diversity, recently launching a new initiative for Muslim representation in the media.
I’m sick of seeing Muslim characters on screen that are either negative or non-existent. The industry must change. Our new study proves what many of us have always felt about #MuslimsInFilm. The cost is measured in hate and lives lost. Full speech here: https://t.co/bsfpQw4Wfe pic.twitter.com/2itt6IaESB
– Riz Ahmed (@rizwanahmed) June 10, 2021
“In everything he does, Riz demonstrates that an actor’s contributions don’t have to be limited to screen dimensions,” a statement from BIFA said.
“The choices he makes both as a filmmaker, performer and activist underscore his continued commitment to building an industry that better represents the audiences it serves. We are delighted that Riz is accepting this year’s Richard Harris Award in recognition of his outstanding work, both on and off screen.
We are delighted to present to Riz Ahmed the # BIFA2021 Richard Harris Award. ??
The choices he makes as a filmmaker, performer, and activist underscore his continued commitment to building an industry that better represents the audiences it serves. pic.twitter.com/toKwZitAkR
– BIFA (@BIFA_film) November 29, 2021
The British Independent Film Awards will take place in London on December 5.