By Alesha Capone
Media personality, entrepreneur and producer Ramiz King says that he always strives to be himself when appearing on television shows.
King, whose real name is Ramiz Shah, was born in Afghanistan and moved to Australia with his family as a child.
They lived in Queensland before moving to Werribee, where King attended The Grange P-12 College in Hoppers Crossing.
King rose to fame in Afghanistan with his sister Rohina, after online comical skits they filmed together went viral.
In 2018, he appeared in Bachashem, an Afghan version of Big Brother, which he also produced.
King has also starred in the reality television shows Ace of Space and Love School 4, which aired on MTV India.
Last year he was due to film the Indian reality shows Mujhse Shaadi Karoge, a dating show, and Bigg Boss, but he was unable to because of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
He left India to return to Australia in February after authorities contacted the Endemol Shine India production company to report they could not process King’s visa because of COVID.
King said that at first he felt “helpless” to lose the television opportunities , but he was glad to see his family happy and healthy back in Australia.
“I came to terms when I saw my family being around me and their safety, it taught me that, ‘Hey it could be worse’,” he said.
“I just lost two replaceable opportunities – but people have lost their lives.”
King said he enjoyed being himself in the public spotlight, even when faced with controversies which have arisen on his television shows – such as kissing a co-star while in an open relationship with another contestant.
“What I enjoy the most, is having people love me for being me,” he said.
“My highlight would be meeting my fans globally, it’s hard to believe for me that a couple shows can leave a blueprint of your personality on people.
“Meeting fans in Queensland and in Melbourne has been the most surprising. I get stopped for photos.”
Details: @iamramizzz on Instagram.