Zia Mohyeddin, now a legend in his lifetime, is a man of many parts. His long career spans acting, directing, writing, broadcasting and a wide range of aesthetic disciplines.
Zia Mohyeddin trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In 1960 he starred in the role of Dr. Aziz in a production of A Passage to India and was the first Asian to have his name up in lights in the West-End and on Broadway. The performance launched him as a leading actor on the British stage. He made many memorable stage appearances in London and New York, both in classical and contemporary works. He has been seen in such films as Lawrence of Arabia, Khartoum, and Deadlier than the Male. His television appearances in England are too numerous to be listed.
In 1970 he presented the now legendary Zia Mohyeddin Show on Pakistani television, and later served as Director at the PIA Arts Academy. His British weekly cultural television programme, Here & Now, had a ten-year run. He produced and starred in Britain’s first Asian soap, Family Pride.
Zia Mohyeddin is the founder of Reader’s Theatre in Pakistan. In Lahore his “Evening with Zia Mohyeddin” has become an annual fixture and he has been delighting audiences with a new repertoire for the past twenty-five years. He is also the author of two books: A Carrot is a Carrot, a collection of memories and reflections, and Theatrics, a collection of essays on different aspects of theatrical art.
In 2004, the President of Pakistan entrusted him with the task of setting up the National Academy of Performing Arts. NAPA was inaugurated in Karachi in 2005 with Zia Mohyeddin as its President and CEO.
Zia Mohyeddin is the recipient of Hilal-i-Imtiaz, one of the highest civilian awards.