Riz Ahmed won't rule out a leadership bid for UKIP

Louise McCreesh
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From Digital Spy

Rogue One actor Riz Ahmed may be considering a role in British politics – as the leader of the UK Independence Party.

Riz was invited to deliver Channel 4's annual diversity lecture in parliament, to speak about the representation of different cultures in British TV and film.

During his speech he talked about the importance of equal representation, and even refused to rule out a leadership bid for one certain UK political party.

"In an age where reality TV stars can become American president, perhaps our typically restrained British equivalent is to just let an actor address politicians," he joked.

"I promise to leave my political ambitions there, but as a British muslim/socialist/creative type, I can't rule out a leadership bid for UKIP at some point in the future."

"These are topsy turvy political times. You never know which way things are going to go."

Hmmm. We feel Riz's talents are much better served elsewhere – but if he were to run (we're backing), this is how he may look:

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During his speech, The Night Of actor – who has previously opened up about his own experiences with racial prejudice – shared his own personal experiences of discrimination, including an anecdote about a recent trip to the States for a Rogue One premiere.

"I'm getting on a plane to LA to attend the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story premiere, and I still get that second search before I board the plane," he said.

"By the way, if you've ever had that experience of being asked for a selfie by someone swabbing you for explosives…I'd recommend it. It's really quite thrilling."

He also warned that a lack of diversity in TV is leading people to Islamic State, and highlighted a need for greater representation of minorities in British television and film.

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"The statistics tell a slightly worrying story," he added.

"Census show that between 2009-2012, black and minority representation in the production of film and television dropped from 10 per cent to 3 per cent."

"If we fail to represent, we are in danger of losing people to extremism."

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