Adil Ray was 'almost killed' as a toddler when racist threw brick

GMB host Adil Ray reveals he was ‘almost killed’ as a toddler when a racist yob hurled a brick through his window – and says neighbours tried to buy the house to stop his family moving in ‘because they were Asian’

  • The creator of BBC sitcom Citizen Khan, 47, grew up in Yardley, in Birmingham
  • Good Morning Britain host has Pakistani Muslim father and East African mother 
  • Ray said brick missed his head by ‘half an inch’; after they moved, a neighbour popped round and said,  ‘All we can smell outside on our patio is the curry’
  • Good Morning Britain‘s Adil Ray has revealed he was almost killed as a toddler in a racist attack – with a brick.

    The creator of the BBC sitcom Citizen Khan – which charts the life of a Muslim family from Birmingham – revealed he was having his nappy changed by his mother when the missile was thrown through a window and missed his head by ‘half an inch’.

    The 47-year-old – who has a Pakistani Muslim father and a mother from East Africa – was living in Yardley in Birmingham, West Midlands, at the time of the incident.

    The family then decided to move but the racism did not end there.

    The BBC radio presenter said they later discovered his new neighbours had tried to buy the house to stop them moving in because they were an Asian family. 

    Good Morning Britain's Adil Ray (above) has revealed he was almost killed as a toddler in a racist attack - with a brick. The creator of the BBC sitcom Citizen Khan said he was having his nappy changed by his mother when the missile was thrown through a window and missed his head by 'half an inch'

    Good Morning Britain’s Adil Ray (above) has revealed he was almost killed as a toddler in a racist attack – with a brick. The creator of the BBC sitcom Citizen Khan said he was having his nappy changed by his mother when the missile was thrown through a window and missed his head by ‘half an inch’

    The 47-year-old - who has a Pakistani Muslim father and a mother from East Africa - was living in Yardley in Birmingham, West Midlands, at the time of the incident. (Above, baby Adil with his father, Raja Abdul Rehman, a bus driver originally from Lahore, in 1974)

    The 47-year-old – who has a Pakistani Muslim father and a mother from East Africa – was living in Yardley in Birmingham, West Midlands, at the time of the incident. (Above, baby Adil with his father, Raja Abdul Rehman, a bus driver originally from Lahore, in 1974)

    Ray with his mother, Nargis Din, originally from Kenya. He said that after the brick incident, 'we eventually moved because we got so much harassment but just to another house in Yardley. My mum tells me a story now and I do remember vaguely an incident that she's filled in'

    Ray with his mother, Nargis Din, originally from Kenya. He said that after the brick incident, ‘we eventually moved because we got so much harassment but just to another house in Yardley. My mum tells me a story now and I do remember vaguely an incident that she’s filled in’

    Ray’s father was a bus driver for nearly 40 years; his mother worked in the Immigration Appeals Department for the Civil Service. 

    Speaking on the Full Disclosure podcast, Ray said: ‘We first lived in a house in Yardley and I was very young but I do remember it… things would go missing, garden gates would go missing.

    ‘We eventually moved because we got so much harassment but just to another house in Yardley.

    ‘But my mum tells me a story now and I do remember vaguely an incident that she’s filled in.

    ‘She was changing my nappy – I mean, as a toddler – and a brick comes through the window and missed my head by half an inch or something and she goes, “That’s it then, we’re moving”.

    ‘Then we moved into a slightly nicer part of Yardley, semi-detached and it was lovely.

    ‘I think we’d only been there a year or so when we heard that half the street had tried to get together to try and buy the house when they heard a load of Asians were moving in.

    ‘That was sort of “wow”. This is early 1979 or 1980.

    Speaking on the Full Disclosure podcast, Ray said: 'We first lived in a house in Yardley and I was very young but I do remember it... things would go missing, garden gates would go missing.' Pictured, Adil (front centre) with his maternal grandmother and his cousins, circa 1982

    Speaking on the Full Disclosure podcast, Ray said: ‘We first lived in a house in Yardley and I was very young but I do remember it… things would go missing, garden gates would go missing.’ Pictured, Adil (front centre) with his maternal grandmother and his cousins, circa 1982

    Adil Ray, 41, also plays the lead character (centre) - self-appointed ‘community leader’ Mr Khan - in the popular comedy Citizen Khan, which charts the life of a Muslim family from Birmingham

    Adil Ray, 41, also plays the lead character (centre) – self-appointed ‘community leader’ Mr Khan – in the popular comedy Citizen Khan, which charts the life of a Muslim family from Birmingham

    Ray (with his co-host Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain) reminisced about growing up in the 1970s and 80s

    Ray (with his co-host Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain) reminisced about growing up in the 1970s and 80s

    ‘I remember a knock on the door from the neighbour next door and he goes, “Can I speak to your dad” and he goes, “Y’know you’ve got this fan from your kitchen. All we can smell outside on our patio is the curry”.

    ‘And my dad was like, “Oh man that’s really weird, come with me”.

    ‘Then dad takes them round back and goes, “You see your extractor fan there? That comes out – all we can smell is your bacon and eggs and sausages”.

    ‘They had a bit of a laugh with each other.

    ‘There were lots of moments like that but in the end, when we left that house, they were Uncle John and Auntie Gladys and they were crying – they didn’t want us to go.’