The Bradford Curry Awards is thrilled to unveil our sensational star host for this year’s event – none other than the hilarious Abdullah Afzal! Known for his side-splitting performances and unforgettable characters, Abdullah Afzal has been making audiences roar with laughter since 2012 as Amjad Malik in BBC One’s beloved sitcom, Citizen Khan.
Based in Manchester, England, Abdullah Afzal has established himself as a well-known actor and comedian in the entertainment industry. His comedic genius has been showcased in various sitcoms, including his role as Asif Khan in Lunch Monkeys and the lovable Amjad Malik in the iconic BBC One series, Citizen Khan.
Beyond his TV ventures, Abdullah Afzal has conquered the comedy scene with his uproarious stand-up performances. In February 2014, he had audiences in stitches as he presented the Christmas comedy specials on BBC Asian Network. He further showcased his comedic prowess at the Eid Special Comedy Night, where he delivered an unforgettable stand-up set at The Comedy Store in London.
Not one to limit himself to the small screen, Abdullah Afzal has also ventured into the world of radio. In July 2014, he took on two captivating roles in BBC Radio 4’s By a Young Officer: Churchill on the North West Frontier, leaving listeners in awe of his versatility and talent.
Abdullah Afzal’s talents extend beyond acting and comedy. In 2017, he graced the silver screen as Jahid in the heart-warming romantic comedy film, Finding Fatimah. As if that weren’t impressive enough, he even showcased his culinary skills on the popular television show Celebrity Masterchef, whipping up a mean chicken tikka masala. While he modestly claims his cooking is terrible, there’s no denying that he is an incredible writer, with his work continuing to captivate audiences across various platforms.
In a ground-breaking moment, Abdullah Afzal wrote, starred in, and directed Cinder’aliyah in 2021, Britain’s first-ever Muslim pantomime. This monumental production enchanted audiences with its unique twist on the classic tale. Due to its overwhelming success, the pantomime toured again in 2022, spreading joy and laughter to even more delighted theatre goers.
As our star host at the Bradford Curry Awards 2023, Abdullah Afzal will undoubtedly bring his trademark wit, charm, and infectious energy to the stage. Get ready for an evening filled with laughter, entertainment, and mouth-watering delights as we celebrate the finest in Bradford’s vibrant curry scene.
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