Birth: , Salford, Great Manchester
Ayub Khan-Din is a British Pakistani actor and playwright. As an actor, Khan-Din participated in 20 British films and TV series in the late 1980s and the 1990s. He made his film debut in `My Beautiful Laundrette` (1985), but is best known for the role of Sammy in Hanif Kureishi's `Sammy and Rosie Get Laid` (1987) and as one of the leading characters in the film `Idiot` (1992). In the late 1990s, Kahn-Din began writing plays, the first was `East is East` (1997) for the Royal Court Theatre, was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best New Comedy. In 1999, the film version of `East is East` was released, starring 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 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, and for a European Film Award for Best Screenwriter. In 2010, `West is West`, a sequel to `East is East`, premiered at film festivals in Toronto and London, with a wide UK release scheduled for February 2010.