Riz Ahmed married novelist Fatima Farheen Mirza.
The actor, 38, announced that he secretly married while playing as a guest on Louis Theroux’s Grounded podcast on Monday, and later revealed that they tied the knot during a “ super intimate ” ceremony with only a few guests present.
Riz said he got married ‘not too long ago’ after being asked by the host about his marital status when he mentioned ‘his wife’s family’.
Tied the knot! Riz Ahmed, 38, revealed he secretly married novelist Fatima Farheen Mirza (pictured in February last year)
Wembley-born Rice explained that he chose to stay in California after filming late last year because his “ wife’s family ” was from the Bay Area.
Louis asked Riz if he was married because he said he didn’t know the Venom star was not single.
The actor replied, “ I think this is the first time I’ve mentioned it in an interview, so congratulations on this incredibly exciting scoop.
Wedding bells! The actor announced he had married Fatima (pictured in 2018) in a ‘super intimate’ ceremony with only a few guests in attendance
“ I don’t really think it’s generally that relevant [his private life], so I don’t dive into my personal life or the history of my dating.
Riz said the “ main reason ” he announced he was married was because he spoke about his private life more recently.
He said that by speaking out more, he hopes it will encourage others to take the pandemic seriously.
He then revealed that he and Fatima exchanged vows in a simple ceremony with only a few guests in attendance due to COVID-19 restrictions.
He said: ‘Obviously he has remained super intimate and socially distant. There was just like, hardly anyone there really.
“We did it in a back yard which is nice in a lot of ways. I think the nicest thing about it was that you didn’t have 500 aunts around you pinching your cheeks.
Congratulations! Riz made the announcement as a guest on Louis Theroux’s Grounded podcast on Monday
The Four Lions star joked: ‘No disrespect to aunts, but Asian weddings are great.
“ You still have these people crawling out of the woodwork, who I think are probably impostors. They just smell of kebabs on the street and walk around.
Riz went on to reveal more about his wife by appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, explaining that they met in 2019 as he was preparing to play a deaf drummer in Sound Of Metal.
He said: ‘She’s an incredible novelist. We met randomly while I was preparing this role, for Sound Of Metal when I was in New York.
Across the Pond: Wembley-born Rice made a career in Hollywood and said he’s staying in California for the time being because he’s close to his wife’s family (pictured in 2017 )
“We both sat at the same table in the cafe where we both came to write. We were both jostling each other on the same laptop connection points, like a very modern way to meet.
“ And we formed a friendship and reconnected down the line. But it’s oddly like one of the many things about preparing for this role that was so special, it just brought a lot of goodness into my life.
“Obviously, I met Fatima for the first time and met so many deaf people who have become friends.
“There is just something about this whole period around this movie that kind of changed your life.
Last year, Riz sadly announced that he had lost two of his close family members to the coronavirus.
He told Louis, ‘I wanted to talk about it and say,’ Hey look, that’s a real thing. It affected my family and me ”.
Riz added, but he didn’t think it was’ necessary ‘to share all aspects of his life with fans as he continued:’ If I was a private enough person I wouldn’t do podcast with you like, ‘Hey, watch those movies’, ‘I’m on Twitter’. I guess it’s just a question of limits.
The Night Of star, who was born in London to a British Pakistani family, opened up about her grief after losing two family members in an interview withGQ HypeLast year.
He said: ‘I have lost two members of my family to Covid. I just want to believe that their death and everyone else is not for nothing. We must intervene to re-imagine a better future.
Beloved: Last year, the rapper sadly announced that he had lost two of his close family to coronavirus (photo by his uncle Shakeel)
He previously revealed that his uncle Shakeel passed away on the weekend of April 4, describing him as a “ legend in his community who will be missed by so many. ”
As an actor, Riz won a Primetime Emmy Award and received nominations for a Golden Globe and three British Independent Film Awards.
In 2016, he appeared in the action movie Jason Bourne and played Bodhi Rook in the Star Wars Anthology movie Rogue One.
He also played the role of a young man charged with murder in the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries The Night Of.
For her guest role in Girls; He won the award for best lead actor in a limited series or movie for the first, becoming the first Asian man to win an acting Emmy, and the first Muslim and the first Asian to win a lead actor Emmy.
Talented: for her guest role in Girls; he won the Emmy Award for Best Leading Actor in a Limited Series or Movie