Abdullah Afzal

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Abdullah Afzal
Born1989 (age 29–30)
Cheetham Hill, Manchester, England
MediumTelevision, film, radio, stand-up
NationalityBritish
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]

Career[edit]

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]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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

Television[edit]

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

Radio[edit]

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]

References[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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