Ayub Khan Din
Ayub Khan Din
21 May 1961
|Years active||1987 - present|
|Spouse(s)||Buki Armstrong (m) 1999|
|Awards||BAFTA Award for Best Film, British Independent Film Award, London Film Critics Circle Award, John Whiting Award, Laurence Olivier Award|
Ayub Khan Din (born 1961) is a British Pakistani actor who played Sammy in Hanif Kureishi's film Sammy and Rosie Get Laid in (1987) and wrote the BAFTA, BIFA and London Film Critics Circle award-winning film East Is East, based on the original 1996 play that was nominated for an Olivier Award in 1998. In 2008 his comedy play Rafta, Rafta... won the Olivier Award that year. He also wrote the film sequel West Is West released in 2010. He also created the television series Ackley Bridge, which debuted in 2017.
Khan Din was born to a Pakistani father and English mother and lived in Salford. Upon leaving school he studied drama at the Salford College of Technology. When he completed his course in 1982, he then left to study acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London graduating in 1984. He then went on to pursue a career in acting, initially in theatre.
Ayub Khan Din is married to British-Nigerian actress Buki Armstrong they have 2 daughters and currently reside in Granada, Spain. Khan Din's brothers are Lee Din and Rasshied Din. Lee is a make-up artist in the TV industry and tutor at the School of Make-up in Manchester, and Rassheid is, among other things, the designer of the Diana, Princess of Wales, memorial centre at Althorp.
As an actor, Khan Din appeared in some 20 British films and TV series in the late 1980s and he was offered the co-lead role of Sammy in Hanif Kureishi's film Sammy and Rosie Get Laid with Frances Barber in (1987) throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s he worked extensively on the stage debuting at the Royal National Theatre. He was one of the leading characters in the (1992) film The Idiot.
In the mid 1990s, Kahn Din began writing plays, the first was East is East (1996) first produced by Tamasha Theatre Company in co-production with the Royal Court and Birmingham Repertory Theatre. It is often cited as one of the key works to bring Asian culture to mainstream British audiences. The play is published by Nick Hern Books it was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best New Comedy. The play draws very much from Kahn-Din's own childhood in Salford, where he grew up in a large family with a British Pakistani father and a white British mother. They had ten children. The marriage was abusive and violent but his father nursed his mother when she was dying of Alzheimer's disease. After her death, he returned to Pakistan but died before the first performance of the play. In interviews, Khan-Din has said that the young boy Sajid Khan is a self-portrait, and that Sajid's parents are very exact portraits of his own parents.
The film version of East is East (1999) stars Om Puri as the father and Linda Bassett as the mother. Khan Din adapted his own play, and won both a British Independent Film Award and a London Critics' Circle Film Award for his screenplay, as well as being nominated for two BAFTA Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and the Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer, he was also nominated for a European Film Award for Best European Screenwriter.
In 2007 Kahn Din's new comedy play Rafta, Rafta... an adaptation from the 1963 Bill Naughton play, All in Good Time. It is set in the working class English town of Bolton, and examines a story of marital difficulties within an immigrant Indian family it opened on the Lyttelton stage of the Royal National Theatre in London directed by Nicholas Hytner it won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2008. The play went on to debut in New York Off-Broadway at the Theatre Row New Group Theatre in May 2008, and has since then debuted at the HuM Theatre in Singapore in May 2010, in Mumbai at the Indian Institute of Technology in 2011 and more recently at the Old Globe Theatre, in San Diego in 2012.
In 2010. A film adaptation of Rafta, Rafta... was released under the title All in Good Time (2012) directed by Nigel Cole and with Reece Ritchie in the leading role. Also in 2010 the sequel to East is East, West is West premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and London International Film Festival's. The film's story is set in 1976, five years after the events in East is East. Father George Khan is worried that his youngest son, Sajid, now 15, is turning his back on his Pakistani heritage, so he decides to take him for a visit to Pakistan.
In 2013 Khan Din adapted E R Braithwaite's autobiographical novel To Sir, With Love for the stage as part of Royal & Derngate, Northampton's Made In Northampton season. The play was directed by Mark Babych and starred Matthew Kelly and Ansu Kabia.
|1985||My Beautiful Laundrette||Student as (Ayub Khan Din)||A Hanif Kureishi film directed by Stephen Frears|
|1987||Sammy and Rosie Get Laid||Sammy||A Hanif Kureishi film directed by Stephen Frears|
|1987||My Family and Other Animals||BBC television series (1 episode)|
|1988||Young Toscanini||Comparsa||A Italian-French English-language biographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli|
|1988||The Bill||Rashid (as Ayub Khan Din)||ITV television series (1 episode "Tigers")|
|1989||Shalom Salaam||Hafiz Sattar||BBC TV (mini series) (5 episodes)|
|1989||Capital City||Luke||By Euston Films/Thames Television (1 episode)|
|1989||Boon||Foreign Student||By Central Independent Television ( 1 episode: "In it for the Monet")|
|1990||The Care of Time||Nahari||TV film|
|1991||Doctor at the Top||Dr. Anand||BBC television comedy series ( 1 episode "Bye Bye, Bickerstaff")|
|1991||Lebewohl, Fremde||Sehrat||German Film Tevfik Başer screened at the Cannes Film Festival|
|1992||Idiot||Myshkin||A Hindi film based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, The Idiot was directed by Mani Kaul and starred Shah Rukh Khan and Ayub Khan-Din.|
|1992||KYTV||BBC TV Comedy series (1 episode, "God Alone Knows")|
|1992-93||Coronation Street||Hanif Ruparell||ITV Soap opera (19 episodes)|
|1993||The Burning Season||Patwant (Pat)||A Canadian/Indian Film|
|1994||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Horbury||Hercule Poirot's Christmas (1 episode)|
|1994-95||The Chief||Councillor Mani Shankar||An AngliaTelevision production ( 7 episodes)|
|1995||Backup||Ali||BBC TV series ( 1 episode "Toleration Zone")|
|1995||Dangerfield||Kevin Deehan||BBC TV series ( 1 episode "The Dead Businessman")|
|1996||London Bridge||Ravi Shah||Carlton Television series (19 episodes)|
|2017||Ackley Bridge||Channel 4 TV series (creator, writer, producer)|
|East is East||1996||Theatre||New Comedy Play; Writer|
|East is East||1999||Film||Screenplay; (Adapted) Writer|
|Rafta Rafta||2007||Theatre||New Comedy Play; Writer (Adaptation) Writer|
|West is West||2010||Film||Screenplay; Writer|
|All in Good Time||2012||Film||Screenplay; Writer|
Awards and nominations
1 win and 4 nominations
|British Academy Film Awards|
|1999||East Is East||BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer||Nominated|
|1999||East Is East||British Academy Film Awards for Best Screenplay (Adapted)||Nominated|
|2000||East Is East||BAFTA Award for Best Film||Nominated|
|2000||East Is East||BAFTA Award for Best British Film||Won|
British Independent Film Awards
1 win and 1 nomination
|British Independent Film Awards|
|1999||East Is East||British Independent Film Award for Best Screen Play||Won|
London Film Critics' Circle
1 win and 1 nomination
|London Film Critics' Circle|
|1999||East Is East||Best Screen Play||Won|
Laurence Olivier Awards
1 win, 2 nominations
|Laurence Olivier Award|
|1998||East Is East||Laurence Olivier Awards Best New Comedy||Nominated|
|2008||Rafta, Rafta...||Laurence Olivier Awards Best New Comedy||Won|
European Film Awards
|European Film Awards|
|1999||East Is East||European Screenwriter||Nominated|
- "Playwrights & Practitioners". Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
- Internet Movie Database: Ayub Khan Din trivia, retrieved 2010-10-24
- "East is East in Brum" (Jan 2015) What's On, p.6
- School of Make-up biography, retrieved 2010-10-24
- TES Connect: Rasshied Din interview 1998, retrieved 2010-10-24
- Interview for Kamera.co.uk 1999, retrieved 2010-10-24
- BBC Manchester 20 October 2010: West is West follow-up confirmed by Salford film writer, retrieved 2010-10-24
- "British Independent Film Awards 1999". Retrieved 27 November 2015.
- Internet Movie Database: Ayub Khan Din awards, retrieved 2010-10-24
- Internet Movie Database: Rafta, Rafta, retrieved 2010-10-24
- All in Good Time on IMDb
- West is West, BBC Films, retrieved 2010-10-24
- The List retrieved 2014-9-25
- Paul Taylor "East Is East, Trafalgar Studios, review: Jane Horrocks terrific in Khan Din's comedy", The Independent, 16 October 2015
- "European Screenwriter Nominations 1999". European Film Academy Suche Sitemap Disclaimer European Film Awards EFA Productions European Film Academy, European Film Awards. Retrieved 28 November 2015.