The 36 year old become the first non-white British Muslim to win best actor BAFTA award in its 62-year history.
Adeel Akhtar is of mixed Pakistani and Kenyan descent and has also won the award for his character of a father in BBC Three’s drama ‘Murdered By My Father’. In the drama, he kills his daughter in the name of honor, because she falls in love with someone while being “promised” to someone else.
Before Adeel, several non-white actors have been nominated but never got to win the actual title.
Vinay Patel tweeted: “First non-white fella to win a #Bafta TV award for best actor? This guy. (Not me, obvs).”
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