Adil Ray OBE
Adil’s career began in radio whilst at university in 1994. Today he is best known as the star and creator of the hit BBC1 sitcom Citizen Khan. After five series, the show has become one of Britain’s much-loved sitcoms and is now broadcast in a number of countries around the world.
In 2017, Adil went on to star as a lead in Channel 4’s groundbreaking RTS nominated drama, Ackley Bridge and in the period drama for ITV – Beecham House. In 2020, Adil appeared in his first feature film, Blithe Spirit alongside Dame Judi Dench. In 2021 Adil appeared in the ITV drama Stephen, regards the tragic, racist murder of Stephen Lawrence.
Adil has presented ‘Lingo‘ ‘Good Morning Britain‘ and ‘Have I Got News For You‘ and has also appeared on ‘Who Do You Think You Are‘ (tracing his roots to Ugandan royalty) ‘Room 101’, ‘Would I Lie To You?’ and ‘Pointless’. Adil would rather not talk about his appearance on The Crystal Maze for Stand Up To Cancer celebrity special. Adil currently holds the fastest record for getting locked in a Crystal Maze cell, which is less than 30 seconds
Adil is also a passionate documentary maker. In 2010, Adil presented the acclaimed BBC3 documentary Exposed: Groomed for Sex. Adil received praise for the way in which he tackled the controversial issue of young girls being groomed by some Pakistani men, creating a thought provoking and brave documentary and picking up a Royal Television Society Award for Best Current Affairs.
Adil’s earlier BBC3 outing “Is It Coz I Is Black?” exploring political correctness was also RTS nominated. On the BBC2 travelogue Explore, Adil visited Argentina and Turkey. Adil also co-hosted the BBC2 arts show Desi DNA for five series and presented Tales from Europe on BBC4.
To date, Adil has received five Royal Television Society Awards for his work, including Best Comedy Programme and Best Comedy Performance. Adil was also awarded Best TV Character at The Asian Awards as well as Best Radio Show at The Asian Music Awards.
Adil was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University in 2016 and is also a patron for the Screen and Television School Birmingham, which offers a £30,000 ‘ Adil Ray OBE Scholarship’. Adil currently sits on the board of the National Film and Television School. (NFTS)
In 2016, Adil was honoured in the Queens Birthday List and awarded Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to media and broadcasting.
In 2021, Adil launched Cornered Tiger.