|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Style||Drama, action, adventure|
|Home town||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
In a professional capacity, Ahmed served as a Youth Program Coordinator at the Bedlam Theater in Minneapolis. He worked there on plays and poetry. He has also participated in an enrollment push for MNsure, a health insurance program in Minnesota.
In 2013, Ahmed appeared in the film Captain Phillips. He played Najee, a ship hijacker.
Ahmed and three other actors were picked from among more than 700 participants at a 2011 casting call at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Cedar-Riverside, Minneapolis. According to the search casting director, Debbie DeLisi, the four were selected because they were "the chosen ones, that anointed group that stuck out."
- Tim Lammers. "MN sure hits 96 percent of enrollment goal as deadline looms". Rick Kupchella's - BringMeTheNews.com.
- Seavert, Lindsey (October 8, 2013). "4 Mpls. men co-star in Tom Hanks film 'Captain Phillips'". KARE. Gannett Company. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
- Los Angeles Times (6 February 2014). "Barkhad Abdi, pirate leader in 'Captain Phillips,' treasures his nomination". latimes.com.