Riz Ahmed to receive top honor at British Independent Film Awards


Riz Ahmed (Photo by Chris Pizzello-Pool / Getty Images)

By: Mohnish Singh

Oscar nominated actor Riz Ahmed to receive British Independent Film Awards‘highest honor, the Richard Harris Award, at this year’s ceremony. The honor is bestowed on an actor or actress who has made a significant contribution to British films throughout their career.

The award will see Ahmed 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.

Ahmed has several successful films to his credit, including Somnambulist (2014), Thief one (2016), Jason bourne (2016), Venom (2018) and The sound of metal, which helped him establish himself as a big international star.

Thanking the UK Independent Film Committee for announcing his name as the next Richard Harris Award recipient, Ahmed said: “I am grateful to the UK independent film community for their immense support throughout these years. Receiving the Richard Harris Award at the BIFAs 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.

Damian Harris, in memory of whose father the award is presented, added: “Rice has already had an extremely impressive career, as an actor, producer and activist. He is a worthy winner of the Richard Harris Prize for his work and contribution to independent British cinema.

“In everything he does, Riz demonstrates that an actor’s contributions don’t have to be limited to screen dimensions,” 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.

The British Independent Film Awards will be held in London on December 5, 2021.


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