Aqib Khan was plucked from obscurity whilst still at school in Bradford to play the lead role of Sajid in West is West.
Following months of searching in Manchester and Leeds for a teenager to play the role of Sajid Khan with no success the producers, as a last resort, moved their search to Bradford.
Urged to try out for the role by one of his teachers, Aqib was immediately asked to go to London and go on tape after his first meet.
Aqib was offered the role shortly after his audition and flew out to India to shoot West is West last year.
The 17 year old has recently appeared in The Jury 2 for ITV, playing the lead role of Rashid, alongside Julie Walters.