Celebrating Britain's 101 Most Influential Asians 2024

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Romesh Ranganathan


EVER since his TV debut on Live at the Apollo in 2013, Romesh Ranganathan has gone from a secondary school maths teacher to becoming a household name. One of the most popular comics in Britain today, he has been announced as Claudia Winkleman’s BBC Radio 2 replacement in December 2023, cementing him as the busiest man in the UK entertainment industry.

He currently hosts his own show For The Love Of Hip Hop on Radio 2, which won him the prestigious Radio Academy Aria Gold award for Best Specialist Music Show in 2023. He hosted the BAFTA Television Awards ceremony, along with long-time friend Rob Beckett, in May last year. Both front the Rob & Romesh Vs, the comedy entertainment series in which they take on challenges to which they are not naturally suited. Throughout five series, and a few one-off specials, aired on Sky Max, the pair have faced a number of challenges, from opening a restaurant to joining the Birmingham Royal Ballet. A brand-new special, Rob & Romesh Vs F1: Monaco, streamed in February this year, saw them putting the pedal to the metal with some of the biggest names in racing. Last year, Ranganathan also collaborated with fellow comedian and podcast host Tom Davies for a British take on the new Amazon Prime Video reboot of Takeshi’s Castle, the iconic Japanese game show of the late 1980s and early 1990s. He is a regular on TV screens, from presenting Sky’s sports panel show A League of Their Own to starring in his BBC series The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan – a show which won the 2020 BAFTA for Best Features. His BBC Two show The Ranganation, won the BAFTA and Royal Television Society awards in 2021. Through the six seasons of the show, running from 2019 to

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