ABOUT ME | SHOWREEL
Asif was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire and attended Salt Grammar School, Baildon. He now lives in South East London. Before attending drama school he studied at The University of Bradford (BSc Electronic Imaging & Media Communications).
As an Actor
Trained at The Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art (RADA).
Theatre includes: Tartuffe (RSC/Birmingham Rep Theatre), A Kind Of Peaple (Royal Court), When The Crows Visit (Kiln Theatre), Love, Bombs & Apples (The Kennedy Center, Washington DC), Tartuffe (Royal Shakespeare Company), Love, Bombs & Apples (San Francisco & UK Tour), A Passage To India (Simple8/Royal & Derngate/Park Theatre), Love, Bombs & Apples (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2017), The Hypocrite (RSC/HullTruck), Paradise of the Assassins (Tara Arts), Love, Bombs & Apples (Arcola & UK Tour 2016), Handbagged (UK Tour 2015, Kiln/Tricycle Theatre/Eleanor Lloyd Productions), Love, Bombs & Apples (Arcola Theatre 2015), Punjabi Boy (RichMix), Multitudes (Kiln/Tricycle Theatre), The Nutcracker & The Mouse King (Unicorn Theatre), The Book (Flying Cloud), Queen of the Nile (HullTruck), Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi (Arcola Theatre), The Snow Queen (Unicorn Theatre/ Trestle), Snookered (Tamasha/ Bush Theatre), Mixed Up North (Out of Joint), Twelfth Night (National Theatre), Playback (Ankur Productions).
Screen work includes: Diana & I (BBC2), Love Type D (Feature film to be released soon), Spooks (Series 10), Doctor Who, The Dumping Ground, Doctors, Casualty (BBC). Dark Matters, Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal (Sky1), Man Down, Bradford Riots and ‘Plot to Bring Down Britain's Planes’ (Channel 4) .
As a Writer
COMBUSTION - Selected as one of 6 new plays for the Arcola Theatre's playWROUGHT#2 Festival, 2014. Progressed through to the final stage of the BBC Writers Room Script Room 8 Scheme. Produced by AIK productions and Tara Arts (2017). Directed by Nona Shepphard. Published by Aurora Metro Books.
IMAAM IMRAAN - Produced by the National Youth Theatre, premiering as part of the Bradford Literature Festival, 2019. Directed by Iqbal Khan
JAMIL'S LEGENDARY STAG NIGHT - Produced by Rifco Theatre Company & Watford Palace Theatre. A new full length play supported by the Channel 4 Playwrights' Scheme. Having a first reading at the RADA Festival 2019 on July 4th. Directed by Pravesh Kumar.
WILLKOMMEN - A play on Migration for teenagers. Commissioned by Tamasha & The Migration Museum and performed by students at Landau Forte College (Derby). Directed by Esther Richardson. Published by Methuen Drama in a collection titled 'Migration Plays'.
THE LADY - Commissioned by Tamasha. Performed by students from Swansea School at RichMix & Theatre Royal Stratford East. In 2019 it was performed by schools in Derby and Coventry. Directed by Cheryl May Ndione & Kate Hibbert.
TIGHT BASTARDS - Performed as a reading at the Soho Theatre for Tamasha Theatre (2015) and at Theatre503 (2016). Currently developing full length play.
THE PLOT - Performed as a reading at the Soho Theatre for NEW MUSLIM VOICES, Sept 2016, as part of the Tamasha Scratch Night - Commissioned by Tamasha. Recently commissioned to develop the full length play with Tamasha.
DIRTY SHINY BRADFORD - A television comedy series in development with co-writer with Philip D McQuillan.
YOUNG MUSLIM VOICES - A short film, produced by Voices Of London.
Previous member of the Tamasha Playwrights Group, the Arcola’s Middle Eastern, Asian and North African writers group & BBC Comedy Room.
On the 'BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017 ' for new writers.
RADA - Won a Laurence Olivier Bursary Award. Won a Sir Alec Guinness Memorial Award and selected for Sir John Gielgud Bursary (2009). Stage Fighting - Won the Henry Marshall Award (2007).
SNOOKERED - Nominated for BEST NEW PLAY & BEST ENSEMBLE CAST by Off West End Theatre Awards 2012. WINNER of BEST NEW PLAY at the Manchester Theatre Awards 2013.
PLOT TO BRING DOWN BRITAINS PLANES (Channel 4) - BAFTA Winner 2013
ADOPT A PLAYWRIGHT AWARD (OffWestEnd.Com) - Nominated and made it through to the final shortlist.
BEAM AWARDS 2017 - Nominated for The Male Actor of the Year Award .
CHANNEL 4 PLAYWRIGHTS' SCHEME 2018 - WINNER. The scheme celebrates emerging British playwriting talent and has been supported by Channel 4 for the past five years.
EASTERN EYE ARTS, CULTURE & THEATRE AWARDS 2017 - Nominated as a finalist for BEST ACTOR (Theatre) for Love, Bombs & Apples.
EASTERN EYE ARTS, CULTURE & THEATRE AWARDS 2018 - Nominated as a finalist for BEST ACTOR (Theatre) for A Passage To India.
EASTERN EYE ARTS, CULTURE & THEATRE AWARDS 2019 - Nominated as a finalist for BEST ACTOR (Theatre) for Tartuffe.
LOVE, BOMBS & APPLES - WINNER of OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION at Theatre Bay Area Awards 2018 (US Debut).
LOVE, BOMBS & APPLES - Nominated as a finalist for BEST STAGE PRODUCTION at the ASIAN MEDIA AWARDS 2016.
LOVE, BOMBS & APPLES - Nominated as a finalist for BEST STAGE PRODUCTION at EASTERN EYE ARTS, CULTURE & THEATRE AWARDS 2017.
LOVE, BOMBS & APPLES - Long-listed for an Amnesty Freedom Of Expression Award 2017.
COMBUSTION - WINNER of BEST STAGE PRODUCTION at the Asian Media Awards 2017.
COMBUSTION - WINNER of BEST PRODUCTION at EASTERN EYE ARTS, CULTURE & THEATRE AWARDS 2018
COMBUSTION - Nominated for Two OFFWESTEND Awards inc BEST NEW PLAY & MALE PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE.
COMBUSTION - Nominated for a STAGE DEBUT AWARD 2017 for Best Writer.
COMBUSTION - Nominated as a Finalist for Best Poster Design at Theatre & Technology Awards 2017.
TARTUFEE - WINNER of BEST PRODUCTION at EASTERN EYE ARTS, CULTURE & THEATRE AWARDS 2019
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