Omar’s journey an actor has been both fruitful and challenging. Growing up in the days with no social media platforms alongside wanting to be in a field that was considered alien to a BME community due to challenges and stigma’s, Omar’s desire to prove his worth remain ignited.
Whilst at Secondary School, Omar auditioned and landed a place in the brand–new community group Citizens Theatre Young Company, launched by the Citizens Theatre in 2005. Omar spent 4 years with the Citizens Theatre Young Company and performed in semi-professional theatre productions and played an instrumental role in contributing and co-developing the material. Productions include: Experimenting With Woyzeck, Shots From Across Town, Greeks Geeks & Party Myths, The Chicago Project, Doctors & The Devils and Reflections On The River.
Omar then became a part of Ankur Productions where he performed in semi-professional theatre productions with a more multi-cultural community. Productions include: Detainee A and Love’s Time’s Beggar. This was an inspiring time where Omar received positive reviews about his performance alongside being with a community that shared his South-Asian heritage.
Omar landed his first mainstream role in the Writers Guild award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy Fags Mags and Bags, where he plays Sanjay Majhu. The show has currently had 6 series, online clips alongside a live version of the show on stage.
Omar has had a number of appearances on TV including: the BAFTA award-winning sketch show Limmy’s Show, Don’t Drop The Baton (BBC), Scotland in A Day (Channel 4), CBBC’s Annoying Things Adults Say and an Aldi advert.
After winning a place and training at the BBC Actors Centre under the “Talent Boost” programme and achieving a 2:1 Honours Degree in Drama from the University of Sunderland, Omar began developing a one-man play entitled “An Evening at 7-8-6 The Coconut Curry”. The play has been performed as a work-in-progress at: The Black History Month, Scottish Curry Awards, National Hate Crime Awareness Week, Skills Development Scotland (SDS), CEMVO RBS Conference and a plethora of community events. Omar is currently in preparation to launch his one-man play into theatres in 2017.