Arsher Ali was born on April 9, 1984 in Nottingham, England. He is an actor, known for Four Lions (2010), Complicit (2013) and Pulse (2010).
Trained at East 15 Acting School, UK.
Winner Of The "Laurence Olivier Student Award" 2005.
Named as one of Screen International's U.K "Stars Of Tomorrow" 2007.
A keen supporter of Nottingham Forest Football Club.
Is an avid William Shakespeare fan.
Lists Daniel Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman, Paddy Considine and David Thewlis as some of his favourite actors.
Winner of 'Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie' at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival 'Golden Nymph Awards' for his role in 'Complicit'.
Personal Quotes (2)
[on whether Asian actors are largely typecast] I'm waiting for someone to just lump them all into one character and then maybe it'll implode. Waiting for one long character description that says: 'A doctor who moonlights as a drug-dealing cab driver with an impending arranged marriage who also doesn't know if he's a Muslim or not but has aspirations of becoming a suicide-bombing cornershop owner.' I think a lot of it has to do with casting and writing in the first place. People need to be more open minded.
[on the kind of work he is routinely offered] Eight five per cent of the scripts are all total bollocks. I'm not interested in it at all, I am a bit sick of it actually. As an Asian actor, seventy per cent of what comes your way is written like '24' - you're the bad guy, the Arab guy. Every dark-skinned guy is the baddie. I see floppy haired white middle class public school boys being offered lots of interesting work. They are professionally successful... and sometimes you just think 'Aargh'. It is frustrating, although I am not attacking them. I am a bit wary of jumping on the race soap box as it is difficult for any actor to get a foothold but I can only discuss my own experience which has been frustrating.