March 26, 2019

Riz Ahmed cover star for Time magazine’s 100 most influential

tewRogue One actor Riz Ahmed has been made a cover star for Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential figures in the world.

Ahmed leads the way for the pioneers list, with other categories honouring icons, artists and leaders.

Oscar winners Viola Davis and John Legend are the respective cover stars for icons and artists.

Ed Sheeran and James Corden also made the list, with their tributes written by Taylor Swift and Sir Elton John.

Ahmed’s tribute is written by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. The actor and musician contributed a rap to the Hamilton Mixtape and Miranda explains why he is a named as a pioneer.

“Riz Ahmed has been quietly pursuing every passion and opportunity for many years as an actor (The Road to Guantanamo, Four Lions, Nightcrawler), rapper (Post 9/11 Blues, Englistan) and activist (raising funds for Syrian refugee children, advocating representation at the House of Commons).

“To know him is to be inspired, engaged and ready to create alongside him. The year 2016 was when all the seeds he planted bore glorious fruit, and here’s the best part: he’s just getting started.”

Riz tweeeted his thanks to Time and Lin-Manuel for his “love” and “support”, which he said he hopes to earn.

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins and Selma director Ava Duvernay have also made the list.

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