Riz Ahmed: First Muslim and South-Asian Actor To Win Emmy

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British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed won the Emmy for best actor in a limited series or a television movie on Sunday night for his performance in The Night Of. 

Riz Ahmed became the first Muslim as well as the first South-Asian actor, to win an acting Emmy.

The actor came out on top after beating Benedict Cumberbatch from Sherlock: The Lying Detective, Robert De Niro from The Wizard of Lies, Ewan McGregor from Fargo, Geoffrey Rush from Genius and John Turturro from The Night Of.

This is the first-time for Ahmed to have won an Emmy and the winner thanked his fellow category nominees and Turturro in his acceptance speech, telling his co-star, “It’s been amazing getting to watch you up close, and I share this with you, brother.”

Ahmed’s Nasir Khan, on The Night Of, is a Pakistani college student who winds up at Rikers Island after becoming involved in a murder investigation.

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