Coventry’s Guz Khan has been nominated for two BAFTA awards for his role in his show, Man Like Mobeen.
BAFTA revealed the nominations for its prestigious awards on April 28, and the news was received in Coventry with much excitement.
The awards recognise the very best in television craft and television programmes broadcast in the UK in 2020.
Khan has been nominated for two categories, best male performance in a comedy, and Man Like Mobeen has been nominated for best scripted comedy.
The Hillfields-born comedian and former secondary school teacher took to Twitter to celebrate being nominated among fellow artists.
Reacting to the news on Twitter Khan wrote: “What’s this plonker from Coventry doing getting nominated for a flippin BAFTA mate?”
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Referring to his fellow nominee Paul Ritter, who sadly passed away from a brain tumour earlier this month, he wrote: “Paul Ritter is the OG, rest in power.”
Speaking to CoventryLive after hearing about the nomination, Khan said: “The thing is with BAFTA they don’t tell you, last year the same thing happened, I slowly got pings and messages come through on my phone.”
Khan was resting as he was fasting for Ramadan, and said his first thought when his phone blew up was “oh no, what have I done?”.
“After going through the ceremony last year, it’s lovely to be recognised” he said.
Adding: “Look where we’re from, we’re from Cov innit.”
Reflecting on the two nominations, he said: “The thing that I’m really happy with, I’m nominated myself for comedic performance but the thing for me is the show overall has been nominated, this last series was the one that we felt had a strong narrative, even if you’d never watched it before you could jump in on those last five episodes.
“It’s nice that it’s being recognised, the kind of comedy I like to do is one laugh a minute and [hard hitting] the next.
“The year that Cov’s had, we’ve had a spate of gang related crime, stabbings, shootings… we’re telling a story that is still super relevant.”
He went on: “We need to tell stories that resonate.”
This is not the first time Khan has been nominated for a BAFTA, last year he was nominated for best male performance in a comedy programme.
This year, for best male performance in a comedy he was nominated alongside Charlie Cooper from This Country, Joseph Gilgun from Brassic, Ncuti Gatwa from Sex Education, Paul Ritter from Friday Night Dinner and Reece Shearsmith from Inside No.9.
And for best scripted comedy, Man Like Mobeen was nominated alongside Inside No. 9, This Country, and Ghosts.
His hugely successful series Man like Mobeen has had three seasons, and follows his character Mobeen, a lovable big brother and son just trying to stay out of trouble in Small Heath.
Cov Kid and former secondary school teacher Khan has always banged the drum for his hometown of Coventry, and has even provided training opportunities for local young people to work with him on set.
The show was added to Netflix last year and gained an even wider audience, who were introduced to the hilarious on-screen exploits of Khan and his co-stars Tez Ilyas, Duaa Karim, Tolu Ogunmefun and Mark Silcox.
The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday 6 June on BBC One and BBC One HD, and the British Academy Television Craft Awards will be streamed on BAFTA’s social channels on Monday 24 May.
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