Writer, Actor, Comedian and Broadcaster, Adil Ray OBE Announced as Patron of Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, West Yorkshire
Photo of Adil Ray OBE taken by photographer Nick James
Square Chapel Arts Centre in the heart of its community in West Yorkshire, is going from strength-to -strength since its capital build and relaunch two years ago. They are about to embark on their first ever Up North Film and TV Festival in May 2019 and in doing so, have announced Writer, Actor, Comedian and Broadcaster, Adil Ray OBE as the latest patron to join the team.
Adil Ray OBE lives in Birmingham but spends much of his time in the North of England having begun his full-time media career in Leeds, West Yorkshire as a presenter for Galaxy 105, in 1998. Prior to that, Adil studied at The University of Huddersfield, graduating with a BA (Hons) Marketing degree. He has spent some of the last three years in Halifax, filming the drama Ackley Bridge for Channel 4. The new series is due to air in June 2019, and also stars Square Chapel Patron Natalie Gavin.
The British actor, writer, comedian and radio and television presenter is best known as the star and creator of the title role of Mr Khan in the hit BBC One comedy Citizen Khan, which he also co-writes. The loveable larger-than-life self-appointed community leader Mr Khan was inspired by British comedy characters of the past and many people Adil has known over the years.
Writer, Actor, Comedian and Square Chapel patron, Adil Ray said: “It’s a real honour to be asked to get involved. Square Chapel is such a fantastic and welcoming space. It’s important to me that we provide spaces for all members of the community to enjoy and entertain and I hope I can help the team to continue to achieve that. I genuinely look forward to meeting some of you there very soon”
Adil Ray has a number of well-deserved accolades under his belt including the following Royal Television Awards:
- Royal Television Society 2014 – Best Performance in a Comedy – Adil Ray
- Royal Television Society 2014 – Best Comedy Programme – Citizen Khan
- The Asian Media Awards 2013 – Best TV Character – Citizen Khan
- Royal Television Society 2013 – Best Performance in a Comedy – Adil Ray
- Royal Television Society 2013 – Best Comedy Programme – Citizen Khan
- Royal Television Society 2012 – Best Current Affairs programme – Exposed: Groomed for Sex
- UK Asian Music Awards 2008 – Best Radio Show – The Adil Ray Show
Today Adil is one of the rare voices that has appeared on all the major BBC TV and Radio networks. Over the past year he has also been waking up the nation as part of ITV’s Good Morning Britain presenting team.
Adil Ray was appointed an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2016 in recognition of his services to broadcasting.
Adil Ray OBE joins a strong team of patrons for the arts centre including; Yorkshire writer Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley, Scott and Bailey and Gentleman Jack); Actors Reece Dinsdale (Huddersfield) Natalie Gavin (Bradford), Timothy West (Bradford) and Dame Penelope Wilton (Scarborough) as well as Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy and founders of the arts centre Robin and Jessica Sutcliffe.
Director of Square Chapel Arts Centre, David McQuillan said: “When I hear Adil say that his motivation was ‘to bring joy to families’ and that he wanted to make Mr Khan ‘universal and a communication between different communities’ I knew he’d be a perfect fit here at Square Chapel. We absolutely believe in the power of bringing people together and the role we can have in helping people feel more open hearted and alive; that the arts in all their forms can help us build stronger communities. I am absolutely delighted to welcome Adil Ray on board as a patron and look forward to working with him to make amazing things happen here in the future.”
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Square Chapel Patrons:
Adil Ray OBE, Sally Wainwright; Reece Dinsdale; Natalie Gavin; Timothy West CBE; Dame Penelope Wilton, Dame Carol Ann Duffy, Glen Baxter; Sir Alan Bowness CBE; Sir Ernest Hall OBE and Robin and Jessica Sutcliffe.
Square Chapel Patrons no longer with us: We will always appreciate their support and generosity.
Tim Pigott-Smith OBE, Dame Jennifer Jenkins DBE and Sir John Manduell CBE.
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