Adeel Akhtar

Last updated on the 26 March 2024 by Evandrus

Adeel Akhtar

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Born: 18 September 1980, London, England. 

Adeel Akhtar was raised in a multicultural household, with his Pakistani father and Kenyan mother, which greatly influenced his upbringing and later his craft.

Adeel Akhtar pursued his education at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. His time at the renowned institution allowed him to explore various acting techniques and discover his unique style.

One of his most notable career highlights came in 2017 when he won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Actor for his outstanding performance in the acclaimed drama “Murdered by My Father.” This gripping portrayal of a father grappling with issues of tradition and honour showcased Akhtar’s exceptional talent and earned him widespread praise.

Beyond his acting prowess, Adeel Akhtar is also known for his advocacy of diversity and representation in the entertainment industry. He has been vocal about the need for more inclusive storytelling and the importance of offering opportunities to underrepresented communities.


BAFTA award

WINNER | Television: Leading Actor for Murdered by My Father (2017) | Television: Supporting Actor for Sherwood (2023)



Suggested viewing


Fool Me Once (2024)

Fool Me Once poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.9

Maya Stern, a widow struggling to cope with her husband’s murder, is thrown into a whirlwind of danger when she sees images of her supposedly deceased husband on her nanny cam. Determined to uncover the truth, Maya embarks on a perilous journey that takes her deep into the heart of a conspiracy that has been festering for years. With every step she takes, Maya finds herself entangled in a web of deceit that threatens her life and the lives of those she holds dear.

Top cast: Michelle Keegan, Richard Armitage, Adeel Akhtar, Dino Fetscher, Marcus Garvey, Natalie Anderson, Jade Anouka, Frederick Szkoda, Natalia Kostrzewa, Joanna Lumley, Hattie Morahan.

Four Lions (2010)

Four Lions, Chris Morris

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.3

“Four Lions” is a satirical dark comedy film that follows a group of bumbling British jihadists planning a terrorist attack. With a blend of humour and social commentary, the movie explores themes of extremism, identity, and the absurdity of terrorism. It challenges stereotypes, while offering a thought-provoking perspective on the subject.

Top cast: Riz Ahmed, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, Adeel Akhtar, Arsher Al, Preeya Kalida, Benedict Cumberbatch , Julia Davis, Craig Parkinson.

Sherwood (2022)


Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.4

In a community already torn apart, two gruesome murders send shockwaves through the people, triggering a massive manhunt that would go down in British history. The hunt not only seeks justice for the victims but also risks reigniting deep-rooted divisions caused by the Miners’ Strike, which occurred thirty years earlier.

Top cast: David Morrissey, Robert Glenister, Lesley Manville, Adeel Akhtar, Joanne Froggatt, Claire Rushbrook, Kevin Doyle, Lorraine Ashbourne, Philip Jackson, Alun Armstrong, Andrea Lowe.

The Night Manager (2016)

The Night Manager poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 8.0

Former British soldier Jonathan Pine navigates the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper, Pine must himself become a criminal.

Top cast: Tom Hiddleston, Sarafina King, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Coleman, Tom Hollander, Elizabeth Debicki, Alistair Petrie, Natasha Little, Douglas Hodge, David Harewood.

Murdered by My Father (2016)

Murdered by My Father

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.4

Every parent wants the best for their kids, and Shahzad is no exception. Ever since his wife died, he’s been trying to keep his two kids Salma and Hassan on track. Salma is growing up quickly, and Shahzad wants to make sure she’s set up with the right suitor to settle down with. It’s a promise he made his wife, and part of what he considers his duty as a dad. But what does Salma want?

Top cast: Adeel Akhtar, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Mawaan Rizwan, Salman Akhtar, Reiss Jeram, Ambreen Razia, Simon Nagra, Vineeta Rishi.

Utopia (2013)


Bftv 9.0  / IMDb 8.4

“Utopia” is a British conspiracy thriller series that revolves around a group of strangers who come into possession of a graphic novel manuscript called “The Utopia Experiments.” As they delve deeper into the dark secrets hidden within the pages, they become targets of a sinister organization determined to keep the truth hidden at any cost.

Top cast: Adeel Akhtar, Paul Higgins, Neil Maskell, Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Alexandra Roach, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Oliver Woollford, Alistair Petrie, Ruth Gemmell.

River (2015)

River (2015)

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.0

“River” is a British TV series that follows detective John River, who struggles with his own sanity while investigating the murder of his partner. Haunted by a voice of the dead, River becomes deeply entangled in the case, blurring the line between reality and his own troubled mind.

Top cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Nicola Walker, Adeel Akhtar, Lesley Man ville, Owen Teale, Georgina Rich, Eddie Marsan, Turlough Convery, Sorcha Cusack.

Enola Holmes 2 (2022)

Enola Holmes 2 poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.7

Following in the footsteps of her notorious brother, Enola Holmes embarks on her inaugural investigation as a freelance detective. Tasked with locating a disappeared young girl, she soon finds herself entangled in a perilous web of conspiracy. Unraveling this enigma calls for the aid of her allies, including the renowned Sherlock Holmes, as the stakes grow higher.

Top cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Louis Partridge, Helena Bonham Carter, David Thewlis, Susan Wokoma, Adeel Akhtar, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Hannah Dodd.

Enola Holmes (2020)

Adeel Akhtar as Lestrade in Enola Holmes

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.6

“Enola Holmes” is a mystery film based on the book series by Nancy Springer. Enola, the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes, embarks on a thrilling adventure to find her missing mother. Along the way, she unravels a larger conspiracy, defies societal expectations, and showcases her own sharp intellect and bravery.

Top cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Helena Bonham Carter, Louis Partridge, Adeel Akhtar, Fiona Shaw, Frances de la Tour, Burn Gorman.

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