Adeel Akhtar made British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) TV history as the first non-white Best Actor winner in the awards’ 62-year history.
He was recognised for his brilliant, tortured performance in BBC Three drama, Murdered By My Father. It featured Akhtar as a man who murders his daughter in a so-called honour killing, after she is promised to a man, but falls in love with another.
The 2017 BAFTA Awards, which celebrates the best in British TV, were held at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday night in London. They were hosted by Sue Perkins.
The significance of Adeel’s BAFTA win was noted by the drama’s screenwriter, Vinay Patel. He tweeted, “First non-white fella to win a BAFTA TV award for best actor? This guy. (Not me, obvs).”