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Adil Ray

Screenwriter and Performer
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Adil’s background, outlook and brave style of presenting makes him a favourite among listeners and viewers and, significantly, a stand out performer in today’s comedy scene.

In 2009 Adil made his comedy debut on BBC2’s Bellamy’s People which included characters such as the self appointed Muslim community leader, Mr Khan, confused young British Pakistani MC Raa and the money making, Guru Dev.

Adil’s appearances on Bellamy’s People came about as a result of producers Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse becoming aware of his comedy creations on the radio.

Adil has enjoyed great success as a presenter after joining the BBC Asian Network in 2001. He launched the late-night Adil Ray Show where he gave a platform for young aspiring artists to promote their musical talents. In 2008 he won the award for Best Radio Show at the UK Asian Music Awards. Adil presented BBC Asian Network’s Breakfast show until 2009. weekdays from 7.00 to10.00am. Adil gained consistently record figures whilst there which he puts down to providing his audience a chance to laugh, sometimes at themselves. During his time on the show, Adil introduced an unsuspecting public to a number of characters such as the rapper MC Raa and mother-of-all-mothers, the ‘religious’ Shabnam di Maa.

Adil has hosted a number of cricket based shows for BBC Radio 5Live and Radio 4’s Test Match Special including the 6duck6 phone in. Adil was responsible for a number of key interviews regarding the recent Cricket scandal. 2010 was a busy year for Adil, hosting the institution that is Football 606 as well as contributing to a number of BBC Radio Five Live programmes including The Gaby Logan Show and The Gethin Jones Show. The latter also included his comic creation Mr Khan.

Recognising that he has a journalistic background, Adil was asked to fill the highly rated Up All Night slot on BBC Radio Five Live - providing news coverage from around the globe.

Other radio credits include BBC Radio 4′s Picturing Britain, which was a five-part documentary meeting prominent British photographers such as Rankin.

Adil’s TV credits include co-presenting BBC Two series Explore where he reported on news stories from Argentina and Turkey. Other TV credits include the award-winning BBC Two series Desi DNA; the RTS-nominated comedy Is It Coz I Is Black? (BBC Three) and BBC Four’s Tales From Europe with Kirsty Wark.  Adil is also a regular contributor on the punditry section of The Lorraine Show.

Last year Adil wote and presented the acclaimed BBC3 documentary Exposed: Groomed For Sex. Adil received praise for the way in which he tackled the contraversial issue of young girls being grooomed by Asian men, creating a thought provoking and brave documentary.

2012 is set to be a very exciting year for Adil as his character Mr Khan appears in his own BBC1 comedy show Citizen Khan.

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