So who is he? Educated at Handsworth Grammar School, as a youngster he was a promising cricketer but went on to study marketing at the University of Huddersfield, where he first got involved in radio presenting. After working for numerous commercial stations, he hit the big time in , landing his own show on BBC Asian Network, where he stayed for eight years. As well as being a regular voice on network radio, Ray has appeared in a variety of television programmes on all four BBC networks, as a contributor and host, from Asian lifestyle programme Desi DNA to The One Show, but he is best known for his comic creation, self-appointed Asian community leader Citizen Khan. So far there have been five series, with the show sharply diving opinion — some viewers finding it hilarious while others accusing it of ridiculing Muslim culture. His other most high-profile acting role is his first serious part, as Sadiq Mawaz in Channel 4 school-based drama Ackley Bridge.
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Adil Ray - Wikipedia
Ray began his career as a radio host on a pirate radio station in Huddersfield while studying at the University of Huddersfield , and DJing at the university venue Eden Later, during his placement year, he landed a job with a new small Asian radio station in Birmingham where he spent the first half of the year, before moving on to Choice FM In , Ray landed a spot with Galaxy , a job that made him the first full-time British South Asian presenter to host a mainstream commercial radio show in the UK. Mr Khan returned later in the year with a follow up BBC Comedy web series about the cricket to coincide with the Pakistan national team 's visit to England that year. He can often be heard presenting the 5 Live late night show.
‘Citizen Khan’ star to be honoured at University ceremony
The BBC's Asian Network has become embroiled in a race row after Sikh listeners accused the flagship digital radio station of being insensitive towards their religion. The BBC was forced to remove a show from its website after Muslim presenter Adil Ray received threats from Sikhs who said he had denigrated one of their religious symbols. Members of the Sikh community complained that Mr Ray had been disparaging about whether they really needed to carry kirpan daggers. During the offending August 6 show, Mr Ray was discussing a Punjabi music concert in Canada where police had refused entry to Sikhs wearing kirpans. But a number of listeners were upset that Mr Ray appeared to mock Sikhism, a charge that the Birmingham-based Asian Network denies.
It sees hapless radio talk show host Gary Bellamy jumping into his triumph stag 'personality vehicle' to travel the length and breadth of the land, meeting the people of Britain and trying to find out what makes us tick. The series, which reunites Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson for their first television partnership in ten years, sees Adil Ray appear as a number of characters - Mr Khan, a hilarious self-appointed Asian community leader from Leicester, MC Raa, a DJ based in Birmingham who gives us his take on Muslim beats and Guru Dev Gattacharjiya, who enlightens us with his great wisdom about everything. Said Adil: "Like many others, I am a huge fan of Paul and Charlie and they have long been an inspiration.