A few days later, on an appearance of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, the British actor confirmed his marriage to Fatima Fahreen Mirza, author of The New York Times bestselling book A Place For Us. And no, there was nothing secret about his wedding. He just didn’t feel like putting it on social media. “I guess cause we live in a social media age, if you don’t get on the megaphone about stuff, it’s a secret?” he told Fallon. “Like, I’m into matcha lattes, but it’s just never come up. I’m not a ‘secret’ matcha latte drinker!”
Ahmed also talked about how him and his wife — who he called an “amazing novelist” — met, and the story is actually superromantic. “We met so randomly while I was preparing for this role, for Sound Of Metal, when I was in New York,” the the 38-year-old actor explained. “We both sat down at the same table in a cafe where we both turned up to write. We were both jostling over the same laptop plug points, like a very modern way of meeting.” He added that the two of them “struck up a friendship and reconnected down the line. But it’s weirdly like one of the many things about preparing for this role that was so special — it just brought a lot of goodness into my life.”
And what’s the best thing about having a wedding during the pandemic you ask? “You don’t have 5,000 aunties touching your cheeks,” according to Ahmed. Knowing just how big Indian weddings can be myself, I can definitely relate.
Congratulations to the happy couple!