Riz Ahmed: ‘I am happiest when feeling challenged or overwhelmed’

The actor and rapper on social media, home-cooked curry and letting goBorn in London, Riz Ahmed, 38, studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University.

His films include Four Lions, Rogue One and Venom; he won an Emmy for his role in the miniseries The Night Of.

He has been nominated for a best actor Oscar for his role in the film Sound Of Metal, available on Amazon Prime from 12 April.

Last year he released a rap album, The Long Goodbye.

He recently married the American novelist Fatima Farheen Mirza.When were you happiest?Preparing for Sound Of Metal.

Feeling challenged and overwhelmed and lost in something is very fulfilling.

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