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      Adeel Akhtar

      Adeel Akhtar

      Highest Rated: 100% Robin Robin (2021)

      Lowest Rated: 26% Pan (2015)

      Birthday: Sep 18, 1980

      Birthplace: London, England, UK

      Actor Adeel Akhtar first came to attention as a regular of British TV comedy before making memorable appearances in dystopian fantasy "Utopia" (Channel 4, 2013-14) and Peter Pan reimagining "Pan" (2015). Born in London in 1980, Akhtar initially pursued a career in law but after graduating from university with a degree in the subject, switched his attention to acting, going onto study at the National Youth Theatre and New York's Actors Studio Drama School. His first on-screen appearance came in 2006 with a minor role in an episode of "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001-2011) and was followed by small parts in short-lived legal drama "Conviction" (NBC, 2006) and Don Cheadle spy thriller "Traitor" (2008). Akhtar landed his first lead role when he was cast as Mani, a homeless man who develops an unlikely bond with the grieving widow who offers him shelter, in slow-burning drama "Stranger Things" (2010). But he came to wider attention later that year when he played naive Muslim extremist Faisal in Chris Morris' controversial jihad satire, "Four Lions" (2010). Akhtar continued to showcase his comic skills as sidekick Gupta in surreal chat show "Angelos Epithemiou's Moving On" (Channel 4, 2010), one of several minions in Sacha Baron Cohen vehicle "The Dictator" (2012) and over-enthusiastic fraud investigator George in sitcom "The Job Lot" (ITV, 2013-). Akhtar then joined the cast of supermarket-based comedy "Trollied" (Sky 1, 2011-) as reclusive fishmonger Ray and appeared as Vinod in 'food, feud and family' feature film "Jadoo" (2013) before stealing the show in mind-bending cult hit "Utopia" (Channel 4, 2013-14) as the one-eyed conspiracy theorist Wilson. Returning to more dramatic fare, Akhtar then guested in an episode of "The Tunnel" (Sky Atlantic, 2013-), the UK adaptation of the Scandinavian crime noir, appeared as one of many government officials practicing their response to an immediate nuclear threat in the thought-provoking "War Book" (2014), and played detective Ira King in the Abi Morgan-scripted "River" (BBC1, 2015-). Following roles in heist comedy "Convenience" (2015) and "The Show" (2015), a behind-the-curtains drama about a young TV actress' stage debut, Akhtar landed the part of Captain Hook's right hand man Mr. Smee in Joe Wright's fantasy adventure "Pan" (2015).

      Highest rated movies

      Robin Robin
      The Big Sick Ali & Ava Enola Holmes 2 Enola Holmes The Nest
      Stranger Things
      Four Lions

      Photos

      MURDER MYSTERY, FROM LEFT: ADEEL AKHTAR, GEMMA ARTERTON, 2019. PH: SCOTT YAMANO/© NETFLIX THE DICTATOR, on podium, from left: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Adeel Akhtar (purple), 2012. Ph: Melinda Sue Gordon/©Paramount Pictures STRANGER THINGS, Adeel Akhtar, Bridget Collins, 2010. THE DICTATOR, Adeel Akhtar (left), Jason Mantzoukas (front, center), Ben Kingsley (back center), Sacha Baron Cohen (front right), 2012. Ph: Melinda Sue Gordon/©Paramount Pictures THE BIG SICK, FROM LEFT: SHENAZ TREASURY, DIRECTOR MICHAEL SHOWALTER, ADEEL AKHTAR ON SET, 2017. PH: NICOLE RIVELLI/© LIONSGATE THE BIG SICK, FROM LEFT: SHENAZ TREASURY, ADEEL AKHTAR, ANUPAM KHER, KUHOO VERMA, KUMAIL NANJIANI, 2017. PH: NICOLE RIVELLI/© LIONSGATE THE BIG SICK, FROM LEFT: SHENAZ TREASURY, ADEEL AKHTAR, ANUPAM KHER, KUMAIL NANJIANI, 2017. PH: NICOLE RIVELLI/© LIONSGATE PAN, Adeel Akhtar, 2015./©Warner Bros. Pictures PAN, from left: Levi Miller, Garrett Hedlund, Adeel Akhtar, 2015./©Warner Bros. Pictures SWIMMING WITH MEN, FROM LEFT IN THE MIDDLE: ADEEL AKHTAR, RUPERT GRAVES, ROB BRYDON, 2018. © SUNDANCE SELECTS SWIMMING WITH MEN, FROM LEFT: THOMAS TURGOOSE, DANIEL MAYS, JIM CARTER, ROBERT DAWS, RUPERT GRAVES, ADEEL AKHTAR, 2018. © SUNDANCE SELECTS SWIMMING WITH MEN, FROM LEFT: RUPERT GRAVES, DANIEL MAYS, ROB BRYDON, ADEEL AKHTAR, ROBERT DAWS, 2018. © SUNDANCE SELECTS

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      45% 45% Murder Mystery 2 Maharajah (Character) - 2023
      93% 79% Enola Holmes 2 Unknown (Character) - 2022
      73% 67% Save The Cinema Tom (Character) - 2022
      94% 66% Ali & Ava Ali (Character) - 2021
      100% 81% Robin Robin Dad Mouse (Character) - 2021
      69% 71% The Electrical Life of Louis Wain Unknown (Character) - 2021
      82% 67% Everybody's Talking About Jamie Iman Masood (Character) - 2021
      91% 71% Enola Holmes Inspector Lestrade (Character) - 2020
      90% 41% The Nest Steve (Character) $137.4K 2020
      54% 57% Swimming With Men Kurt (Character) $19.6K 2018
      66% 68% Victoria & Abdul Mohammed (Character) $22.2M 2017
      98% 88% The Big Sick Naveed (Character) $42.9M 2017
      26% 40% Pan Sam Smiegel (Character) $35.1M 2015
      80% 49% Convenience Unknown (Character) - 2015
      78% 64% War Book Mo (Character) - 2014
      58% 35% Jadoo Vinod (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Keeping Up With the Joneses Jerry (Character) - 2013
      83% 86% Stranger Things Mani (Character) - 2010
      83% 80% Four Lions Faisal (Character) $304.1K 2009
      65% 64% Traitor Hamzi (Character) $23.5M 2008

      TV

      Credit
      67% 45% Fool Me Once DS Sami Kierce (Character) 2024
      91% 79% Sweet Tooth Dr. Aditya Singh (Character) 2021 2023
      100% 73% Sherwood Andy Fisher (Character) 2022
      100% 86% Back to Life Billy (Character) 2019 2021
      80% 73% Killing Eve Martin (Character) 2019
      88% 78% Les Misérables Thenardier (Character) 2018-2019
      59% 70% Ghosted Dr. Barry Shaw (Character) 2017-2018
      91% 81% Unforgotten Hassan Mahmoud (Character) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Capital Ahmed (Character) 2015
      100% 93% Utopia Wilson (Character) 2013-2014
      22% 80% Conviction Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 71% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2006