Arsher Ali

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Arsher Ali
Born Basford, Nottinghamshire, England[1]
Occupation Actor

Arsher Ali is a British actor who rose to prominence after playing the role of Hassan Malik in the Chris Morris-directed comedy film Four Lions. His other roles include Adil 'A-Rab' Hussein in the comedy drama Beaver Falls, Waleed Ahmed in the Channel 4 drama Complicit, and Malik Suri in BBC drama The Missing.

He is also known for his theatre work, most notably as a regular lead performer at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Ali has been very vocal about the challenges faced by an ethnic actor in the industry and his continual fight against racial typecasting.[2][3]

He is currently writing his first feature film.

Hobbies[edit]

Ali is die-hard fan of Nottingham Forest Football Club. He has been a season-ticket holder for many years and often writes articles for the Nottingham Post covering Forest. His favourite former Forest player is Des Walker.

He is also a devoted fan of cricket and is a member of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. Ali played the sport in high school and was a prolific fast medium-bowler. He cites Wasim Akram, Shahid Afridi, Steven Mullaney and Samit Patel as some of his favorite players.[4] Internationally, he follows the Pakistani Cricket Team as well as the England Cricket team, owing to his dual heritage.

Personal life[edit]

Ali is a Sunni Muslim and is married to actress Roxy Shahidi, whom he met at the Royal National Theatre in 2007.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Four Lions Hassan[3]
2012 All in Good Time Etash
2013 Complicit Waleed Ahmed[5]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Wallander Jamal
2011 Silent Witness Zak Khan
2011-2012 Beaver Falls Adil "A-Rab" Hussain[2]
2013 The Guilty DS Vinesh Roy[6]
2014 The Missing Malik Suri
2015 Doctor Who[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Emm, Alison. "Arsher Ali talks terrorism with Alison Emm". LeftLion. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Dowell, Ben (14 February 2013). "Arsher Ali complains of TV typecasting of Asian actors". The Stage. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Tate, Gabriel (13 February 2013). "The cast system: is racism still an issue for TV drama?". Time Out London. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Arsher Ali: "Trent Bridge Is A Special Place"". NCCC News. Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Arsher Ali interview for Complicit". Channel 4. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Cooper, Lorna (4 September 2013). "The Guilty: Arsher Ali - ITV's The Guilty: Is this the new Broadchurch?". MSN Entertainment. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  7. ^ The Doctor Who Team (14 January 2015). "Filming Begins on Doctor Who, Series 9". Doctor Who. BBC One. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 

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