Asif trained at RADA and won the Laurence Olivier Bursary Award in 2008, as well as the Sir Alec Guinness Memorial Award in 2009.
Asif’s stage credits include the RSC’s production of Tartuffe, Paradise of the Assassins at Tara Arts, The Hypocrite for Hull Truck/the RSC, the UK-wide tour of 5-star Handbagged, his one-man show Love, Bombs and Apples, and A Passage to India at the Park Theatre Finsbury Park.
Recent stage credits include A Kind of People at the Royal Court, Hamlet at the Theatre Royal Windsor and he reprised his titular role in Tartuffe at the Birmingham Rep, and Pooja Ghai’s Great Expectations at the Royal Exchange, Manchester.
His debut play as a writer, Combustion played at Tara Arts and at the Arcola theatre to fantastic reviews.
Asif appeared in Diana & I, and in the acclaimed five-parter Better for the BBC.
Asif is represented by Alexandra Cory at Berlin Associates for his writing.
Asif features in Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of Dickens’ classic, directed by Pooja Ghai, at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. Great Expectations has opened to great reviews:
West End Best Friend – ★★★★★
The Guardian – ★★★★
‘Kindness in Dickens comes as balm, a relief from bullying. And it is this that makes Asif Khan’s benign Jagu affecting as Pipli’s brother-in-law.’
The Times – ★★★★
Frankly My Dear – ★★★★ – ‘Asif Khan delivers an outstanding performance’
Mancunian Matters – ‘Asif Khan navigates the loving father-son relationship with minimal effort’
The RSC’s production of Tartuffe starring Asif Khan moves to its spiritual home at the Birmingham Rep.
Hamlet at Theatre Royal Windsor
Asif is set to play Guildenstern in Hamlet at the Theatre Royal Windsor. The production opens on 21st June and is presented by Bill Kenwright and directed by Sean Mathias.
Asif in 'Handbagged' UK Tour
Asif played multiple characters – ranging from Enoch Powell to Nancy Regan – in the hit production Handbagged, which finished a four month UK tour on 5th December 2015.
The press on Asif and Handbagged:
- “…superbly played by Asif Khan…” – Stephen M Hornby, Reviews Hub
- “…the brilliant Asif Khan…watch out in particular for Khan’s portrayal of Nancy Regan.” – Joanne Hibbert, North West End
- “This is a very strong ensemble and it would be impossible not to mention the contribution of…Asif Khan” – Rick Bowen, Knutsford Guardian
- “Asif Khan is truly chameleon-like” – Miranda S, Daily Info Oxford
- “Both men [Asif Khan and Richard Everson] display boundless energy and comic invention…Khan, still dressed in his Nancy Reagan drag, has a brief turn as Enoch Powell that renders Powell entirely ludicrous without any comment being necassary: – Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre
- “Might Khan and Teverson be the new Morecombe and Wise?…comedic genius” – Melissa Blease, The Bath Magazine
- “Khan’s Nancy Reagan is quite a tour de force…” – Susan Elkin, Sardines Magazine
- “Khan in particular deserves heaps of praise, beginning as a Palace footman before morphing into Kaunda, then stepping neatly into a pair of red stilettos to suspend disbelief as a bearded Nancy Reagan – and go one further to portray an Enoch Powell of Asian extraction.” – Ross Robertson, Sunderland Echo
RSC's Tartuffe Reviews
Reviews for the RSC’s production of Tartuffe are out!
- “Asif Khan’s Tartuffe does not disappoint in a performance that nods in the direction of Anjem Choudary, a much more sinister charmer of the gullible.” Broadway World
- “Asif Khan endows Tartuffe with just the right blend of outward sobriety and furtive lechery as he hops around in his leopard skin underpants” The Guardian
- “It is not until act three, scene two that Asif Khan’s mesmerising social media savvy Tartuffe makes an entrance descending a spiral staircase looking devout in all-white” What’s on Stage
- ” It’s a big build-up to his first entrance, but snowy-robed Asif Khan in the title role doesn’t disappoint, with his holy demeanour and scurrying sidekick Usman (Riad Richie, delightful). Tartuffe’s crafty eyes dart here and there, while a lascivious pout undermines his Koranic pronouncements.” Financial Times
- “Director Iqbal Khan gives the production his signature bold staging. Dancers erupt into the space, singing breaks out at unexpected moments, and his cast members circle one another like patient predators.” The Stage
- “If Moliere were to be spinning in his grave over the liberties taken in presenting his classic, then it would surely be with laughter and relief that this comedic masterpiece is as funny and relevant as it ever was.” Leamington Observer
- “This Tartuffe certainly feels unburdened by previous productions. It is fresh, original and totally joyous.” Express and Star
Asif has been cast in the RSC’s production of Tartuffe at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Channel 4 Playwrights' Scheme
Asif is among the winners of the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme!
The scheme celebrates emerging British playwriting talent and has been supported by Channel 4 for the past five years.
Each of the writers spent one year on attachment with the theatres, where they wrote their plays. They are now eligible to submit their plays for next year’s Sonia Friedman’s Production Award.
A Passage to India Reviews
Reviews are in for A Passage to India:
- “Asif Khan as Aziz beautifully played his tenderness and naivety, quickly developing into a man struggling to overcome a betrayal.” Musical Theatre Musings
- “Asif Khan’s Aziz manages to be funny without being patronised as a comic turn he is also proud, angry, kind and flawed.” Northern Soul Review
- “Asif Khan’s portrayal of Dr Aziz is beautifully nuanced – blending charm, pride and cynicism with remarkable ease.” BWW Review
- “…all the performers onstage excelled themselves Asif Khan was an energetic and charming Aziz.” Exeunt Magazine
- “Simon Dormandy’s new adaptation of the novel cuts a clear line through Forster’s prose. He draws out the wryly dry humour targeted at the patronising bigotry of the British and their talk of civilising India.” The Stage
- “Asif Khan as proud but ultimately disillusioned Dr Aziz and Richard Goulding as the honourable Fielding skillfully portray the nuances in their relationship. Their characters form the heart of the play, and there’s a nice counterbalance between Aziz’s enthusiasm, humourand anger and Fielding’s repressed frustration.” British Theatre Guide
- “The obvious gain of this professional staging is that we get a diverse cast, bringing home the piece’s keenly felt message today of different cultures colliding and, thanks to brave individual endeavours, almost connecting” The Telegraph
- “Asif Khan is a fascinating Aziz, initially burbling in cartoonish, nervous-to-please style, his Muslim purity irritated by ‘Hindus, so sloppy!’, but after the accusation growing in rage, rejecting white friendship from Richard Goulding’s liberal Fielding, then reaching final reconciliation only in the dreamlike scenes which end it.'” Theatre Cat
- ” I was back in my seat after the interval wanting to know what happens next and in many ways there is no higher recommendation.” The Nene Quirer
- “Asif Khan is excellent in the key role of Aziz, the doctor, whose integrity is questioned by officials keen to accord blame.” Gazette and Herald
- “This is a bold, imaginative, innovative and enjoyable production” Stage Review
- “These characters are strongly played by Asif Khan and Richard Goulding, and it is their portrayal of Aziz and Fielding’s crossing of the great divide between their two communities that forms the most interesting part of the play.” Winchester Today
- “Asif Khan is an enormously engaging Aziz, his eyes dancing, his exuberant energy and warmth drained by routine insults and insensitivities, and later by injustice and betrayal. His tender, faintly homoerotic friendship with Richard Goulding’s Fielding is touchingly conveyed” The Times
A Passage to India
Asif has been cast in A Passage to India, which will be at the Royal & Derngate Northampton from 11 Jan – 20 Jan 2018, and then in the transfer to the Park Theatre Finsbury Park from 10 Feb – 24 March 2018.
Combustion wins at the Asian Media Awards
Asif’s playwriting debut ‘Combustion’ won the Best Stage Production award at the Asian Media Awards
Asif in 'Love, Bombs and Apples.'
Asif Khan brings hit one-man-show Love, Bombs and ApplesÂ to Edinburgh Fringe 2017.
Written by award winning playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak, and directed by Rosamande Hutt, Asif has previously performed Love, Bombs… at various venues across London and the UK. It will play in Edinburgh from the 2nd-27th of August.
Asif Khan in new BBC2 drama 'Diana and I'
Asif is starring in an upcoming BBC2 drama ‘Diana and I‘, from acclaimed writer and director Jeremy Brock.
Reviews are in for Combustion, written by Asif Khan
Reviews are in for Combustion, written by Asif Khan:
- “Troubling, insightful and heart-warming; Combustion is an important play, and it’s worth the trip to South West London to see it come to life in a genuinely lovely theatre.” Emily Pulham, Everything Theatre.
- “There’s no room for political correctness or mealy mouthed platitudes in this terrific, thought-provoking, challenging and eminently watchable play. It’s an intelligent script that crackles along, liberally scattered with English obscenities, InshAllahs and innits. The plot twists and turns, full of surprises, some of them nice, some of them nasty, but all relevant to the subject.” Penny Flood, WimbledonSW19.com.
- “Asif Khan is most well-known for his remarkable performance in one-man monologue quartet Love, Bombs and Apples, and his debut outing as a playwright is similarly impressive, bringing clarity and humour to dark and difficult material.” Four Stars, David Ralf, The Stage.
- “With Combustion, Bradford-born Asif Khan has written a brave, important and necessary play that dares to confront the issue of child sexual exploitation as perpetrated by Asian men in the North of England and more broadly looks at integration and alienation at a time of heightened fear about Islamic terrorism. Khan’s approach is, primarily and refreshingly, comedic without lapsing into glibness or poor taste.” Four Stars, Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph.
Reviews in for 'The Hypocrite'
First reviews are in for Richard Bean’s The Hypocrite, a co-production with Hull Truck and the RSC.
The press on The Hypocrite:
- “…a brilliantly entertaining new farce…And there are no weak links in the supporting cast” 4 stars, Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
- “Phillip Breen’s production, based on the principle of nonstop action, gets good performances from the surrounding cast…does Hull proud” 4 stars, Michael Billington, The Guardian
- “Director Phillip Breen gets vivid performances from all in his 20-strong cast…striking performances…throughout the cast” 4 stars, Ron Simpson, What’s On Stage
- “A delight” 4 stars, Hull Daily Mail
Asif Khan in 'The Hypocrite'
Asif Khan cast as Captain Jack in Richard Bean’s The Hypcorite, a co-production with the RSC and Hull Truck Theatre, directed by Phillip Green.
The production previews in Hull, from 24th February, before going on to Stratford on 31st March.
Reviews in for 'Paradise of the Assasins'
Reviews are in for Paradise of the Assassins, at Tara Arts, with Asif Khan as Hussein.
The press on Asif and Paradise of the Assassins:
- “Well-acted, the performers convincing portrayals mesmerise…A superb piece” 5 stars, Catherine Sedgwick, The Upcoming
- “Performances by Asif Khan as the ruthlessly exploited Hussain…ensure that we relate to the story” 3 stars, Michael Billington, The Guardian
- “Skye Hallam, as Zamurrud, and Asif Khan, as Hussain…forge a volatile chemistry as lovers and their quest gives this play its…emotional centre” Paul Vale, The Stage
'Love, Bombs and Apples' nominated for Asian Media Award
Asif Khan’s one-man show Love, Bombs and Apples is nominated for Best Stage Production at the Asian Media Awards 2016.
Asif Khan to star in 'Paradise of the Assassins' at Tara Arts
Asif Khan will star as Hussain in Paradise of the Assassins at Tara Arts. The production, written and directed by Anthony Clark, will play at Tara Arts from 15th September – 21st September.
Asif Khan nominated at the BEAM Awards 2016
Asif Khan has been nominated for Male Actor of the Year at the BEAM Awards 2016.
The BEAM Awards honour the best of BAME talent across the UK.
Reviews in for 'Love, Bombs, Apples' 2016 tour
Asif Khan’s one-man show Love, Bombs and Apples, receives 4-star reviews. The production is touring the UK from May 2016, including a 4-week run at the Arcola Theatre.
The press on Asif in Love, Bombs and Apples:
- “Khan’s extraordinary gift for transformation…” 4 stars, Carole Woddis
- “Performed by Khan with a fervour that does not falter to his last line” Yasmina Allouche, MEMO
- “Quartet of monologues with a profound ability to find humour in the most over-trodden tragedies” 4 stars, David Ralf, The Stage
- “Khan engrosses us in the diverse stories of the four characters, switching between accents and personalities competently, whilst performing each story flawlessly…” Holly O’Mahony, A Younger Theatre
- “The play would be nothing without Asif Khan’s powerhouse performance as all four men. The characters are all so different, but as soon as Khan steps into his next role by simply adjusting his hair and slightly altering his outfit, the audience is transfixed” 4 STARS – Imogen Blake, Islington Gazette
- “Passionately played by actor Asif Khan” Momtaz Begum-Hossain, Asiana.tv
- “He was sometimes unrecognisable when he transitioned between the characters…He managed to combine the energy of stand-up with the naturalism of theatre and even the more unlikable characters he portrayed were compelling. Not only did Khan master all four roles but he also conveyed a real sense of the minor characters in each tale” Simon Fearn, Cuckoo Review
- “Asif Khan…shifts seamlessly between the individual stories, captivating his audience by deftly assuming each character with surprising ease.” Farhana Shaikh, The Asian Writer
Asif to tour one-man-show 'Love, Bombs and Apples'
Asif’s one-man show Love, Bombs and Apples, written by Hassan Abdulrazzak and directed by Rosamunde Hutt will tour the UK in 2016.
The show played to sell-out audiences at the Arcola Theatre last year, and will play at eleven venues across the UK from 10th May – 22nd July, including a 4-week run at the Arcola Theatre.
The press on Asif in Love, Bombs and Apples:
- “…perhaps what is most extraordinary in this exploration of the ordinary is the performance of the only actor Asif Khan, who jumps between scenes and characters with such ease and deftness…In each story every character was so unambiguously defined and appeared so complete it was hard to imagine that Khan and director Rodamunde Hutt had spent anything less than a lifetime defining each mannerism, trait, and quirk…the subtleties of Abdulrazzak’s play in the hands of a lesser actor would have been completely lost, as a script that deals in the nitty-gritties of the ordinary is necessarily reliant on a truly exceptional performance to lift quotidian mundanity into something so compellingly watchable.” – Neil Cheesman, London Theatre
For more information on the production, click here.
Asif recently wrapped filming an episode of Channel 4’s comedy series Man Down.
Asif’s episode will be aired later this year.