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Adil Ray

A Broadcaster, Comedian, Actor and Writer - Creator of Citizen Khan

Today, Adil Ray OBE is best known as the star and creator of the hit BBC1 sitcom Citizen Khan. After five series, the show has become one of Britain’s much-loved sitcoms. In 2016 the show hit the road with a Citizen Khan tour and the publication of a book – Citizen Khan’s Guide to Britain. Adil is currently developing a Citizen Khan film with Hollywood producers.

To date Adil has received four Royal Television Society Awards for Best Comedy Programme and Best Comedy Performance as well as Best TV Character at the Asian Media Awards.

Adil’s talent for comedy was first aired on his daily BBC Asian Network Breakfast Show, where he created a number of characters. Comedy legends Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse were listening and asked Adil to join the performance team on BBC2’s Bellamy’s People.

In 2017, as well as writing new projects Adil has ventured into drama acting and appeared as Sadiq Nawaz in Channel 4’s groundbreaking drama Ackley Bridge.

Television and radio presenting has remained a staple throughout Adil’s career. Adil has now presented across all the major BBC networks, winning the award for Best Radio Show at the Asian Music Awards and is currently best known for his work on BBC Radio 5Live. It was during the late night slot on 5Live that

Adil skillfully exhibited his ability to shift from comedy performer to news broadcaster when breaking stories such as the UK summer riots, phone hacking and the night the UK went to war in Libya. Elsewhere Adil has enjoyed hosting a number of sports shows such as ‘Radio 4’s Test Match Special’ and the legendary football phone in ‘606’.

In 2010 Adil presented the acclaimed BBC3 documentary Exposed: Groomed for Sex. Adil received praise for the way in which he tackled the controversial issue of young girls being groomed by some Pakistani men, creating a thought provoking and brave documentary and picking up a Royal Television Society Award for Best Current Affairs.

Adil’s earlier BBC3 outing “Is It Coz I Is Black?” exploring political correctness was also RTS nominated whilst on the BBC2 show Explore, Adil visited Argentina and Turkey. Adil also hosted the BBC2 arts show Desi DNA and presented Tales from Europe for BBC4.

Recently, Adil has co-presented BBC flagship entertainment show ‘The One Show’ and ‘Have I Got News For You’. Adil has also appeared on ‘Room 101’, ‘Would I Lie To You?’ and ‘Pointless’ and holds the record for fastest ever lock in (twice) in The Crystal Maze.

In 2016 Adil was honoured in the Queens Birthday List and awarded Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to Media and Broadcasting.

Adil is also a patron and supporter of three charities Acorn’s Hospice, Parkinson’s UK and Karma Nirvana.

Credits

TELEVISION
Date: 2017
Production (role):
Have I Got News For You (Presenter)
Company:
Hat Trick for BBC1
Date: 2017
Production (role):
Watch Dog (Contributor)
Company:
BBC1
Date: 2017
Production (role):
Who Do You Think You Are? (Presenter)
Company:
Wall to Wall for BBC1
Date: 2012 - 2016
Production (role):
Citizen Khan (Actor)
Company:
In House BBC for BBC1
Date: 2015 - 2016
Production (role):
The One Show (Presenter)
Company:
In House BBC for BBC1
Date: 2016
Production (role):
Insert Name Here (Contributor)
Company:
12 Yard Productions for BBC2
Date: 2015
Production (role):
Cricket's Funniest Moments (Contributor)
Company:
CPL Productions for Sky
Date: 2015
Production (role):
Tales from around the World (Contributor)
Company:
Mosaic Films for CBBC
Date: 2015
Production (role):
This Week (Contributor)
Company:
Juniper Television for BBC1
Date: 2015
Production (role):
Room 101 (Contributor)
Company:
Hattrick Productions for BBC
Date: 2015
Production (role):
The TV That Made Me (Contributor)
Company:
Raise the Roof Productions for BBC1
Date: 2015
Production (role):
Citizen Khan Live for Comic Relief (Actor)
Company:
In house BBC for BBC1
Date: 2014
Production (role):
Pointless Celebrities (Contributor)
Company:
Endemol for BBC1
Date: 2014
Production (role):
Room 101 (Contributor)
Company:
Hattrick Productions for BBC1
Date: 2014
Production (role):
Sunday Morning Live 2014 (Contributor)
Company:
In house BBC for BBC1
Date: 2014
Production (role):
Would I Lie To You? (Contributor)
Company:
Zeppotron for BBC1
Date: 2010-14
Production (role):
Lorraine (Contributor)
Company:
In house ITV
Date: 2013
Production (role):
Matt Lucas Awards (Contributor)
Company:
John Stanley Productions for BBC1
Date: 2013
Production (role):
Celebrity Mastermind
Company:
In house BBC for BBC1
Date: 2011
Production (role):
Exposed: Grooming for Sex (Presenter)
Company:
In house BBC for BBC3
Date: 2010
Production (role):
GMTV (Contributor)
Company:
ITVP for ITV
Date: 2010
Production (role):
Talk of the Terrace (Contributor)
Company:
ESPN
Date: 2009
Production (role):
Bellamy's People (Various Characters)
Company:
In house BBC for BBC2
Date: 2008
Production (role):
Explore (Presenter)
Company:
In house BBC
Date: 2006-08
Production (role):
Inside Out (Presenter)
Company:
In house BBC
Date: 2006-08
Production (role):
Desi DNA (Presenter)
Company:
In house for BBC2
Project details:
Series 1-5
Date: 2007
Production (role):
Mischief: Is It Because I Is Black?
Company:
In house for BBC3
Date: 2007
Production (role):
Heaven and Earth (Presenter)
Company:
In house for BBC1
Date: 2006
Production (role):
Tales From Europe: Madrid (Presenter)
Company:
IWC for BBC4
Date: 2003
Production (role):
The Last Word (Presenter)
Company:
Carlton for ITV1
ONLINE / DIGITAL
Date: 2016
Production (role):
Darling Rafi (Actor)
Company:
In House BBC for iplayer
RADIO
Date: 2015
Production (role):
BBC Woman's Hour (Contributor)
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Date: 2014
Production (role):
Radio 4's Christmas Crackers (Contributor)
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Date: 2014
Production (role):
Character Invasion (Contributor)
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Date: 2014
Production (role):
Great Lives (Contributor)
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Date: 2014
Production (role):
Front Row Quiz of the Year (Contributor)
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Date: 2014
Production (role):
Making the Best of It (Contributor)
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Date: 2013
Production (role):
Christmas Cover (Presenter)
Company:
BBC Radio 5Live
Date: 2013
Production (role):
Phil Williams Show (Contributor)
Company:
BBC Radio 5Live
Date: 2012
Production (role):
Liza Tarbuck Show (Presenter)
Company:
BBC Radio 2
Date: 2011-12
Production (role):
The Tony Livesey Show (Regular Presenter)
Company:
BBC Radio 5 Live
Date: 2011
Production (role):
The Real Mr Khan (Presenter)
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Date: 2011
Production (role):
The Victoria Derbyshire Show (Presenter)
Company:
BBC Radio 5 Live
Date: 2011
Production (role):
The Private Lives of British Pakistanis (Presenter)
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Date: 2011
Production (role):
Sparkhill Sound (Writer & Performer)
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Date: 2011
Production (role):
Cricket World Cup Coverage (Presenter)
Company:
BBC for Radio 5 Live
Date: 2010
Production (role):
Adil's Heroes of 2010 (Presenter)
Company:
Alfi Media for BBC Radio 5 Live
Date: 2010
Production (role):
Snapshot Christmas (Presenter)
Company:
Alfi Media for BBC Radio 5 Live
Date: 2010
Production (role):
Up All Night (Presenter)
Company:
BBC Radio 5 Live
Date: 2010
Production (role):
Cricket 6duck6 (Presenter)
Company:
BBC Radio 5 Live
Date: 2010
Production (role):
The Cricket Forum (Presenter)
Company:
BBC Radio 5 Live
Date: 2010
Production (role):
Test Match Special (Reporter)
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Date: 2010
Production (role):
Football 606 (Presenter)
Company:
BBC Radio 5 Live
Date: 2010
Production (role):
The Gaby Logan Show (Contributor)
Company:
BBC Radio 5 Live
Date: 2010
Production (role):
The Gethin Jones Show (Contributor)
Company:
BBC Radio 5 Live
Date: 2010
Production (role):
Never Mind The Bhangra (Presenter)
Company:
Alfi Media for BBC Radio 4
Date: 2009
Production (role):
Towering Ambition (Presenter)
Company:
BBC Radio 4
Date: 2009
Production (role):
Picturing Britain (Presenter)
Company:
In house BBC Radio 4
Date: 2009
Production (role):
Breakfast Show (Presenter)
Company:
BBC Asian Network
Date: 2008-09
Production (role):
Silver Street (Jungli)
Company:
BBC Asian Network
Date: 2006-08
Production (role):
Drivetime Show (Presenter)
Company:
BBC Asian Network
Date: 2006
Production (role):
Twenty Minutes (Contributor)
Company:
BBC Radio 3
Date: 2002
Production (role):
The Adil Ray Show (Presenter)
Company:
BBC Asian Network
Date: 2001
Production (role):
Century Radio (Presenter)
Date: 1998
Production (role):
Drivetime Show (Presenter)
Company:
Galaxy 105
Date: 1995
Production (role):
Choice FM (Presenter)

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): Have I Got News For You (Presenter)
    Company: Hat Trick for BBC1
    Project details:
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): Watch Dog (Contributor)
    Company: BBC1
    Project details:
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): Who Do You Think You Are? (Presenter)
    Company: Wall to Wall for BBC1
    Project details:
  • Date: 2012 - 2016
    Production (role): Citizen Khan (Actor)
    Company: In House BBC for BBC1
    Project details:
  • Date: 2015 - 2016
    Production (role): The One Show (Presenter)
    Company: In House BBC for BBC1
    Project details:
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): Insert Name Here (Contributor)
    Company: 12 Yard Productions for BBC2
    Project details:
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): Cricket's Funniest Moments (Contributor)
    Company: CPL Productions for Sky
    Project details:
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): Tales from around the World (Contributor)
    Company: Mosaic Films for CBBC
    Project details:
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): This Week (Contributor)
    Company: Juniper Television for BBC1
    Project details:
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): Room 101 (Contributor)
    Company: Hattrick Productions for BBC
    Project details:
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): The TV That Made Me (Contributor)
    Company: Raise the Roof Productions for BBC1
    Project details:
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): Citizen Khan Live for Comic Relief (Actor)
    Company: In house BBC for BBC1
    Project details:
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): Pointless Celebrities (Contributor)
    Company: Endemol for BBC1
    Project details:
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): Room 101 (Contributor)
    Company: Hattrick Productions for BBC1
    Project details:
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): Sunday Morning Live 2014 (Contributor)
    Company: In house BBC for BBC1
    Project details:
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): Would I Lie To You? (Contributor)
    Company: Zeppotron for BBC1
    Project details:
  • Date: 2010-14
    Production (role): Lorraine (Contributor)
    Company: In house ITV
    Project details:
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): Matt Lucas Awards (Contributor)
    Company: John Stanley Productions for BBC1
    Project details:
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): Celebrity Mastermind
    Company: In house BBC for BBC1
    Project details:
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): Exposed: Grooming for Sex (Presenter)
    Company: In house BBC for BBC3
    Project details:
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): GMTV (Contributor)
    Company: ITVP for ITV
    Project details:
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): Talk of the Terrace (Contributor)
    Company: ESPN
    Project details:
  • Date: 2009
    Production (role): Bellamy's People (Various Characters)
    Company: In house BBC for BBC2
    Project details:
  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): Explore (Presenter)
    Company: In house BBC
    Project details:
  • Date: 2006-08
    Production (role): Inside Out (Presenter)
    Company: In house BBC
    Project details:
  • Date: 2006-08
    Production (role): Desi DNA (Presenter)
    Company: In house for BBC2
    Project details: Series 1-5
  • Date: 2007
    Production (role): Mischief: Is It Because I Is Black?
    Company: In house for BBC3
    Project details:
  • Date: 2007
    Production (role): Heaven and Earth (Presenter)
    Company: In house for BBC1
    Project details:
  • Date: 2006
    Production (role): Tales From Europe: Madrid (Presenter)
    Company: IWC for BBC4
    Project details:
  • Date: 2003
    Production (role): The Last Word (Presenter)
    Company: Carlton for ITV1
    Project details:
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): Darling Rafi (Actor)
    Company: In House BBC for iplayer
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): BBC Woman's Hour (Contributor)
    Company: BBC Radio 4
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): Radio 4's Christmas Crackers (Contributor)
    Company: BBC Radio 4
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): Character Invasion (Contributor)
    Company: BBC Radio 4
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): Great Lives (Contributor)
    Company: BBC Radio 4
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): Front Row Quiz of the Year (Contributor)
    Company: BBC Radio 4
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): Making the Best of It (Contributor)
    Company: BBC Radio 4
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): Christmas Cover (Presenter)
    Company: BBC Radio 5Live
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): Phil Williams Show (Contributor)
    Company: BBC Radio 5Live
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): Liza Tarbuck Show (Presenter)
    Company: BBC Radio 2
  • Date: 2011-12
    Production (role): The Tony Livesey Show (Regular Presenter)
    Company: BBC Radio 5 Live
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): The Real Mr Khan (Presenter)
    Company: BBC Radio 4
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): The Victoria Derbyshire Show (Presenter)
    Company: BBC Radio 5 Live
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): The Private Lives of British Pakistanis (Presenter)
    Company: BBC Radio 4
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): Sparkhill Sound (Writer & Performer)
    Company: BBC Radio 4
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): Cricket World Cup Coverage (Presenter)
    Company: BBC for Radio 5 Live
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): Adil's Heroes of 2010 (Presenter)
    Company: Alfi Media for BBC Radio 5 Live
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): Snapshot Christmas (Presenter)
    Company: Alfi Media for BBC Radio 5 Live
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): Up All Night (Presenter)
    Company: BBC Radio 5 Live
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): Cricket 6duck6 (Presenter)
    Company: BBC Radio 5 Live
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): The Cricket Forum (Presenter)
    Company: BBC Radio 5 Live
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): Test Match Special (Reporter)
    Company: BBC Radio 4
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): Football 606 (Presenter)
    Company: BBC Radio 5 Live
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): The Gaby Logan Show (Contributor)
    Company: BBC Radio 5 Live
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): The Gethin Jones Show (Contributor)
    Company: BBC Radio 5 Live
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): Never Mind The Bhangra (Presenter)
    Company: Alfi Media for BBC Radio 4
  • Date: 2009
    Production (role): Towering Ambition (Presenter)
    Company: BBC Radio 4
  • Date: 2009
    Production (role): Picturing Britain (Presenter)
    Company: In house BBC Radio 4
  • Date: 2009
    Production (role): Breakfast Show (Presenter)
    Company: BBC Asian Network
  • Date: 2008-09
    Production (role): Silver Street (Jungli)
    Company: BBC Asian Network
  • Date: 2006-08
    Production (role): Drivetime Show (Presenter)
    Company: BBC Asian Network
  • Date: 2006
    Production (role): Twenty Minutes (Contributor)
    Company: BBC Radio 3
  • Date: 2002
    Production (role): The Adil Ray Show (Presenter)
    Company: BBC Asian Network
  • Date: 2001
    Production (role): Century Radio (Presenter)
    Company:
  • Date: 1998
    Production (role): Drivetime Show (Presenter)
    Company: Galaxy 105
  • Date: 1995
    Production (role): Choice FM (Presenter)
    Company:
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