Abdullah Afzal

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Abdullah Afzal
Born1989 (age 29–30)
Cheetham Hill, Manchester, England
MediumTelevision, film, radio, stand-up
Years active2007–present
GenresObservational humour
Subject(s)Islamic humour
Notable works and rolesCitizen Khan

Abdullah Afzal (Urdu: عبداللہ افضل‎; born 1989) is an English actor and stand-up comedian.

Early life[edit]

Afzal is of Pakistani Punjabi descent from Cheetham Hill, Manchester, England. He has three older brothers, two older sisters and a younger half-brother.[1] He attended Abraham Moss High School in North Manchester.

Afzal trained for three years to be a hafiz.[2][3]


In 2007, Afzal had his first acting role as a young student[4] in a short film called Raamis (originally called Extraordinary Rendition).[5] Between 2008 and 2011, he starred as Asif in two seasons of BBC Three sitcom Lunch Monkeys.[1] Since 2012, he has portrayed the character of Amjad Malik in BBC One's Citizen Khan.[5]

In February 2014, Afzal presented the Christmas comedy specials on BBC Asian Network.[5] In July 2015, he performed stand-up at the Eid Special Comedy Night at The Comedy Store in London.[6][7]

In July 2014, Afzal played two roles in BBC Radio 4's By a Young Officer: Churchill on the North West Frontier.[8]

In 2017, he appeared as Jahid in the romantic comedy film Finding Fatimah.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Afzal lives in Manchester. He also works at Manchester Airport to supplement his acting career. [2][3] In 2015, he got married.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Raamis Raamis Short film
2017 Finding Fatimah Jahid Feature film


Year Title Role Notes
2008–2011 Lunch Monkeys Asif Khan 13 episodes
2012– Citizen Khan Amjad Malik 27 episodes
2017 Celebrity MasterChef Himself eliminated


Year Title Role Station
2012 By a Young Officer: Churchill on the North West Frontier Railway Clerk / Sikh Soldier BBC Radio 4

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Lunch Monkeys: Abdullah Afzal". BBC. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b Ali, Umbreen (2 October 2013). "Citizen Khan: 'People call me Amjad in the street'". Lancashire: Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b Ali, Umbreen (2 October 2013). "Citizen Khan: 'People call me Amjad in the street'". Asian News. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Lunch Monkeys: Abdullah Afzal plays Asif Khan". BBC. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "BBC – Asian Network's Big Comedy Night – Performances – Abdullah Afzal". BBC Asian Network. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  6. ^ "HaLOL: can the UK have a laugh about Islam?". New Statesman. 10 March 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  7. ^ Rahim, Sameer (21 July 2011). "HaLOL Comedy Night, Comedy Store, review: 'challenging'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  8. ^ "By a Young Officer: Churchill on the North West Frontier". BBC Radio 4. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Finding Fatimah official website". Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  10. ^ Heward, Emily (11 December 2014). "Citizen Khan star Abdullah Afzal spills the beans on the long-awaited wedding episode". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 1 April 2016.

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