Adil Ray

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Adil Ray
Adil Ray.JPG
Adil Ray in Turkey, 2012
Born (1974-04-26) 26 April 1974 (age 40)
Birmingham, England
Medium
  • Television
  • Radio
Nationality British
Genres
Subject(s)
Influences
Notable works and roles
Website www.adilray.com
recorded April 2014

Adil Ray (born 26 April 1974) is a British actor and radio and television presenter. He stars in the BBC One comedy Citizen Khan, which he created and co-writes, as well as presenting on various BBC radio stations.

Early life[edit]

Adil Ray was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, England to his Pakistani father and Kenyan mother, brought up in the suburb of Yardley.[1] Adil's father, Abdul, was a bus driver for almost 40 years and his mother worked for the Civil Service Immigration Appeals Department. Adil's parents (both now retired) divorced when he was in his mid teens. He attended Yardley Junior and Infant School and Handsworth Grammar School, his first day being the day after the Handsworth Riots in 1985. Adil was a keen cricketer and represented Birmingham League side West Bromwich Dartmouth during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Adil later graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a 2:1 in BA (Hons) Marketing.

Career[edit]

Ray began his career as a radio host on a pirate radio station in Huddersfield while studying at the University of Huddersfield, and DJing at the university venue Eden (1992). Later, during his placement year, he landed a job with a new small Asian radio station in Birmingham where he spent the first half of the year, before moving on to Choice FM (1995). In 1997, Ray landed a spot with Galaxy 105, a job that made him the first full-time British South Asian presenter to host a mainstream commercial radio show in the UK.[citation needed] He then joined Century Radio in Manchester, Aire FM Leeds and Ministry of Sound Radio.

BBC[edit]

Ray joined the BBC Asian Network in 2002 to present the late night Adil Ray Show. In 2003 Adil was the first to interview and champion R&B star Jay Sean.[citation needed] In May 2006 Adil took over the drivetime afternoon slot, and from January 2009 he presented the station's Breakfast Show from 7am each weekday morning.[1] In 2008 The Adil Ray Show won the best radio show category at the UK Asian Music Awards.[2] Ray left the BBC Asian Network on 4 June 2010 to pursue other radio and television work.[citation needed]

Ray has been a regular on BBC Radio 5 Live presenting the late night show, the Football and Cricket 606 phone ins, Victoria Derbyshire, Weekend Breakfast and Fighting Talk.[citation needed] Adil has also fronted documentaries for BBC Radio 4, including Picturing Britain[3] and Towering Ambition.[4] He has also appeared in the award winning BBC Asian Network radio soap, Silver Street.

He also presented the British Asian Arts and Lifestyle show Desi DNA on BBC Two, and hosted the BBC Four programme Tales from Europe where he explored the 24-hour lifestyle in Madrid. In 2007, Adil presented the Royal Television Society award-nominated show 'Is It Coz I Is Black?' for BBC Three where he looked at the issue of political correctness.[1][5] He has also filmed a documentaries strand for BBC Two called Explore, in which he reported from Argentina and Turkey.[5] In 2010 he appeared in the BBC Two comedy show Bellamy's People, playing characters including self-appointed "community leader" Mr Khan and Birmingham "Muslim DJ" MC Raa.[6]

In 2010, Adil reprised his role as Mr Khan to feature in his very own web series for BBC Comedy[7] to cover the UK general election. Mr Khan returned later in the year with a follow up BBC Comedy web series about the cricket to coincide with the Pakistan national team's visit to England that year.[8]

In the summer of 2010, Adil joined BBC Radio 5 Live as part of their cricket coverage, travelling to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to cover the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He can often be heard presenting the 5 Live late night show. Adil continues to make documentaries for BBC Radio 4 including recently 'The Real Mr Khan' a documentary looking into the role of community leaders. Adil also tackled the issue of sex and grooming in the British Pakistani community in a BBC Radio 4 documentary entitled The Sex Lives of British Pakistanis which broadcast on 4 July 2011.

Adil covered the issue of grooming on a highly acclaimed BBC Three documentary in December 2011 – Exposed: Groomed For Sex.

Meanwhile in 2011 Adil continued his venture into comedy including the radio pilot 'Sparkhill Sound' that broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 12 May 2011. A community radio station set in Birmingham. Adil was both writer and performer alongside Anil Gupta (writer), Gary Pillai and Vineeta Rishi (cast).

Citizen Khan[edit]

Main article: Citizen Khan

In October 2011, Adil performed the co-written comedy Citizen Khan at the BBC Salford Sitcom Showcase, centred on Adil's comedy creation Mr Khan and his long suffering family. Commissioned as a BBC One primetime series, the Asian Muslim sitcom follows the trials and tribulations of big-hearted, loud-mouthed, tight-fisted, self-appointed community leader Mr Khan (Adil Ray) and his long suffering family – wife Mrs Khan (Shobu Kapoor) and daughters Shazia (Maya Sondhi) and Alia (Bhavna Limbachia).

The six 30-minute episodes of Citizen Khan were commissioned by Danny Cohen, BBC One Controller and Cheryl Taylor, Controller of Comedy Commissioning and has been produced by BBC In-House Comedy. The Executive Producer is Mark Freeland, the Producer is Paul Schlesinger (Twenty Twelve) and the Director is Nick Wood (Fresh Meat, Not Going Out). Citizen Khan is written by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto (The Kumars at No. 42, Goodness Gracious Me) with Adil Ray.

Personal life[edit]

Adil is a keen cricket fan and supports local team Warwickshire and the country of his father's origin, Pakistan. Adil is also an Aston Villa Football Club fan.

Awards[edit]

  • UK Asian Music Award – Best Radio Show (2008)
  • Royal Television Award Nomination – Is It Coz I Is Black (2007)

Credits[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Broadcaster
2014 Celebrity Mastermind Contestant BBC One
2013 The Matt Lucas Awards Himself BBC One
2012— Citizen Khan Actor/Writer BBC One
2010–12 Lorraine Contributor ITV
2011 Exposed: Groomed for Sex Presenter BBC Three
2010 GMTV Contributor ITV
2010 Talk of the Terrace Contributor ESPN
2010 Bellamy's People Actor BBC Two
2008 Explore Presenter BBC Two
2008 Inside Out Presenter BBC Two
2008 Desi DNA Series 3 Presenter BBC Two
2007 Mischief: Is It Cos I Is Black? Presenter BBC Three
2007 Desi DNA Series 2 Presenter BBC Two
2007 Inside Out Presenter BBC Two
2007 The Heaven and Earth Show Presenter BBC One
2006 Desi DNA Series 1 Presenter BBC Two
2006 Inside Out Presenter BBC Two
2006 Tales From Europe: Madrid Presenter BBC Four
2003 The Last Word Presenter ITV

Radio[edit]

Year Title Role Broadcaster
2011–12 The Tony Livesey Show Presenter BBC Radio 5 Live
2011 The Real Mr Khan Presenter BBC Radio 4
2011 The Victoria Derbyshire Show Presenter BBC Radio 5 Live
2011 The Private Lives of British Pakistanis Presenter BBC Radio 4
2011 Sparkhill Sound Writer/Performer BBC Radio 4
2011 Cricket World Cup coverage Presenter BBC Radio 5 Live
2011 Heroes of 2010 Presenter BBC Radio 5 Live
2010 Up All Night Presenter BBC Radio 5 Live
2010 606 Presenter BBC Radio 5 Live
2010 The Cricket Forum Presenter BBC Radio 5 Live
2010 The Gethin Jones Show Contributor BBC Radio 5 Live
2010 Never Mind The Bhangra Presenter BBC Radio 4
2010 The Adil Ray Breakfast Show Presenter BBC Asian Network
2010 Towering Ambition Presenter BBC Radio 4
2009 Picturing Britain Presenter BBC Radio 4
2009 Excess Baggage Contributor BBC Radio 4
2009 The Breakfast Show Presenter BBC Asian Network
2008 Silver Street Actor BBC Asian Network
2006 The Drivetime Show Presenter BBC Asian Network
2006 Twenty Minutes Contributor BBC Radio 3
2002 The Adil Ray Show Presenter BBC Asian Network
2001 The Adil Ray Show Presenter Century Radio
2001 The Drivetime Show Presenter Galaxy 105
2001 The Adil Ray Show Presenter Choice FM

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Adil Ray biography". adilray.com. Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Adil Ray wins gong for best radio show". Asian News. 10 March 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Series 2, Beyond the Security Fence". www.bbc.co.uk. 9 October 2010. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Series 2, A Tale of Two Cities". www.bbc.co.uk. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Adil Ray: 'Be real, and the rest will follow naturally' – Media, News". The Independent. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Adil Ray in new BBC Two comedy". The Asian News. 14 January 2010. Archived from the original on 21 January 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "BBC Comedy – Mr Khan". BBC Comedy. 
  8. ^ "Mr Khan – Youtube". BBC Comedy. 

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