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Ayub Khan Din
Born (1961-07-11) 11 July 1961 (age 59)
Salford, England
OccupationActor, Playwright
Years active1987–present
Buki Armstrong
(m. 1999)
AwardsBAFTA Award for Best Film, British Independent Film Award, London Film Critics Circle Award, John Whiting Award, Laurence Olivier Award

Ayub Khan Din (born 1961) is a British Pakistani actor who played Sammy in Hanif Kureishi's film Sammy and Rosie Get Laid in (1987) and wrote the BAFTA, BIFA and London Film Critics Circle award-winning film East Is East, based on the original 1996 play that was nominated for an Olivier Award in 1998. In 2008 his comedy play Rafta, Rafta... won the Olivier Award that year. He also wrote the film sequel West Is West released in 2010. He also created the television series Ackley Bridge, which debuted in 2017.

Early life

Khan Din was born to a Pakistani father and English mother and lived in Salford. Upon leaving school he studied drama at the Salford College of Technology. When he completed his course in 1982, he then left to study acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London[1] graduating in 1984. He then went on to pursue a career in acting, initially in theatre.

Personal life

Ayub Khan Din is married to British-Nigerian actress Buki Armstrong. They have two daughters and currently reside in Granada, Spain.[2][3] Khan Din's brothers are Lee Din and Rasshied Din.[2] Lee is a make-up artist in the TV industry and tutor at the School of Make-up in Manchester,[4] and Rassheid is, among other things, the designer of the Diana, Princess of Wales, memorial centre at Althorp.[5]


As an actor, Khan Din appeared in some 20 British films and TV series in the late 1980s and he was offered the co-lead role of Sammy in Hanif Kureishi's film Sammy and Rosie Get Laid with Frances Barber in (1987) throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s he worked extensively on the stage debuting at the Royal National Theatre. He was one of the leading characters in the (1992) film The Idiot.

In the mid 1990s, Khan Din began writing plays, the first was East is East (1996) first produced by Tamasha Theatre Company in co-production with the Royal Court and Birmingham Repertory Theatre. It is often cited as one of the key works to bring Asian culture to mainstream British audiences. The play is published by Nick Hern Books it was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best New Comedy.[2] The play draws very much from Khan-Din's own childhood in Salford, where he grew up in a large family with a British Pakistani father and a white British mother. They had ten children. The marriage was abusive and violent but his father nursed his mother when she was dying of Alzheimer's disease. After her death, he returned to Pakistan but died before the first performance of the play.[3] In interviews, Khan-Din has said that the young boy Sajid Khan is a self-portrait, and that Sajid's parents are very exact portraits of his own parents.[6][7]

The film version of East is East (1999) stars Om Puri as the father and Linda Bassett as the mother. Khan Din adapted his own play, and won both a British Independent Film Award and a London Critics' Circle Film Award[8] for his screenplay, as well as being nominated for two BAFTA Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and the Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer, he was also nominated for a European Film Award for Best European Screenwriter.[9]

In 2000 East is East received two further BAFTA nominations that year for Best Film and the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film the latter of which it won.

In 2007 Khan Din's new comedy play Rafta, Rafta... an adaptation from the 1963 Bill Naughton play, All in Good Time. It is set in the working class English town of Bolton, and examines a story of marital difficulties within an immigrant Indian family it opened on the Lyttelton stage of the Royal National Theatre in London directed by Nicholas Hytner it won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2008. The play went on to debut in New York Off-Broadway at the Theatre Row New Group Theatre in May 2008, and has since then debuted at the HuM Theatre in Singapore in May 2010, in Mumbai at the Indian Institute of Technology in 2011 and more recently at the Old Globe Theatre, in San Diego in 2012.

In 2010. A film adaptation of Rafta, Rafta... was released under the title All in Good Time (2012) directed by Nigel Cole and with Reece Ritchie in the leading role.[10][11] Also in 2010 the sequel to East is East, West is West premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and London International Film Festival's.[7] The film's story is set in 1976, five years after the events in East is East. Father George Khan is worried that his youngest son, Sajid, now 15, is turning his back on his Pakistani heritage, so he decides to take him for a visit to Pakistan.[12]

In 2013 Khan Din adapted E R Braithwaite's autobiographical novel To Sir, With Love for the stage as part of Royal & Derngate, Northampton's Made In Northampton season. The play was directed by Mark Babych and starred Matthew Kelly and Ansu Kabia.[13]

In 2014 Khan Din starred in a revival of East is East, at the Trafalgar Studios, London playing the role of the father "George" alongside the actress Jane Horrocks .[14]

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1985 My Beautiful Laundrette Student as (Ayub Khan Din) A Hanif Kureishi film directed by Stephen Frears
1987 Sammy and Rosie Get Laid Sammy A Hanif Kureishi film directed by Stephen Frears
1987 My Family and Other Animals BBC television series (1 episode)
1988 Young Toscanini Comparsa An Italian-French English-language biographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli
1988 The Bill Rashid (as Ayub Khan Din) ITV television series (1 episode "Tigers")
1989 Shalom Salaam Hafiz Sattar BBC TV (mini series) (5 episodes)
1989 Capital City Luke By Euston Films/Thames Television (1 episode)
1989 Boon Foreign Student By Central Independent Television ( 1 episode: "In it for the Monet")
1990 The Care of Time Nahari TV film
1991 Doctor at the Top Dr. Anand BBC television comedy series ( 1 episode "Bye Bye, Bickerstaff")
1991 Lebewohl, Fremde Sehrat German Film Tevfik Başer screened at the Cannes Film Festival
1992 Idiot Myshkin A Hindi film based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, The Idiot was directed by Mani Kaul and starred Shah Rukh Khan and Ayub Khan-Din.
1992 KYTV BBC TV Comedy series (1 episode, "God Alone Knows")
1992-93 Coronation Street Hanif Ruparell ITV Soap opera (19 episodes)
1993 The Burning Season Patwant (Pat) A Canadian/Indian Film
1994 Agatha Christie's Poirot Horbury Hercule Poirot's Christmas (1 episode)
1994-95 The Chief Councillor Mani Shankar An AngliaTelevision production ( 7 episodes)
1995 Backup Ali BBC TV series ( 1 episode "Toleration Zone")
1995 Dangerfield Kevin Deehan BBC TV series ( 1 episode "The Dead Businessman")
1996 London Bridge Ravi Shah Carlton Television series (19 episodes)
2017 Ackley Bridge Channel 4 TV series (creator, writer, producer)

Writing credits

List of television, film and theatre credits
Title Year Medium Notes
East is East 1996 Theatre New Comedy Play; Writer
East is East 1999 Film Screenplay; (Adapted) Writer
Rafta Rafta 2007 Theatre New Comedy Play; Writer (Adaptation) Writer
West is West 2010 Film Screenplay; Writer
All in Good Time 2012 Film Screenplay; Writer

Awards and nominations

BAFTA Awards

1 win and 4 nominations

British Academy Film Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
1999 East Is East BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer Nominated
1999 East Is East British Academy Film Awards for Best Screenplay (Adapted) Nominated
2000 East Is East BAFTA Award for Best Film Nominated
2000 East Is East BAFTA Award for Best British Film Won

British Independent Film Awards

1 win and 1 nomination

British Independent Film Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
1999 East Is East British Independent Film Award for Best Screen Play Won

London Film Critics' Circle

1 win and 1 nomination

London Film Critics' Circle
Year Nominated work Category Result
1999 East Is East Best Screen Play Won

Laurence Olivier Awards

1 win, 2 nominations

Laurence Olivier Award
Year Nominated work Category Result
1998 East Is East Laurence Olivier Awards Best New Comedy Nominated
2008 Rafta, Rafta... Laurence Olivier Awards Best New Comedy Won

European Film Awards

1 nomination

European Film Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
1999 East Is East European Screenwriter[15] Nominated


  1. ^ "Playwrights & Practitioners". Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Internet Movie Database: Ayub Khan Din trivia, retrieved 2010-10-24
  3. ^ a b "East is East in Brum" (Jan 2015) What's On, p.6
  4. ^ School of Make-up biography Archived 10 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2010-10-24
  5. ^ TES Connect: Rasshied Din interview 1998 Archived 30 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2010-10-24
  6. ^ Interview for 1999, retrieved 2010-10-24
  7. ^ a b BBC Manchester 20 October 2010: West is West follow-up confirmed by Salford film writer, retrieved 2010-10-24
  8. ^ "British Independent Film Awards 1999". Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  9. ^ Internet Movie Database: Ayub Khan Din awards, retrieved 2010-10-24
  10. ^ Internet Movie Database: Rafta, Rafta, retrieved 2010-10-24
  11. ^ All in Good Time at IMDb
  12. ^ West is West, BBC Films, retrieved 2010-10-24
  13. ^ The List retrieved 2014-9-25
  14. ^ Paul Taylor "East Is East, Trafalgar Studios, review: Jane Horrocks terrific in Khan Din's comedy", The Independent, 16 October 2015
  15. ^ "European Screenwriter Nominations 1999". European Film Academy Suche Sitemap Disclaimer European Film Awards EFA Productions European Film Academy, European Film Awards. Retrieved 28 November 2015.

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