Murdered By My Father's Adeel Aktar made history at last night's Baftas after becoming the first non-white actor to take home the Best Actor in a Leading Role award.
Adeel Akhtar has made history after becoming the first non-white best actor winner in the Bafta awards’ 62-year history, according to the BBC.
He was recognised for his performance in BBC Three drama Murdered By My Father, which 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 significance of Adeel’s Bafta win was noted by the drama’s screenwriter Vinay Patel, who tweeted: “First non-white fella to win a #Bafta TV award for best actor? This guy. (Not me, obvs).”
The night was a step forward for diversity at the awards, with Damilola, Our Loved Boy picking up awards for best supporting actress (Wunmi Mosaku) and best single drama.
In an emotional acceptance speech, Wunmi said: “This is so bittersweet and I’d like to dedicate this to the memory of Damilola and his mother Gloria.”
The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story won best international show, while Exodus into Europe – which gave refugees cameras to film their own, often dangerous, journeys from their homeland, picked up best factual series.
Muslims Like Us, which featured 10 British Muslims with contrasting world views moving into a house together, won best reality and factual show.