Nawazuddin Siddiqui (born 19 May 1974)is an Indian film actor who works in Hindi cinema. After a period of unnoticed performances in his early career, he received the Special Jury Award at the 2012 National Film Awards.
Siddiqui was born on 19 May 1974 in Budhana,a village in Muzaffarnagar district of the Uttar Pradesh State of India, into a zamindari Muslim family of Numberdars. He was the eldest of his eight siblings. He graduated with a Bachelor of Sciencedegree in Chemistry from Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar. Following this, he worked as a chemist in Vadodara for an year, before leaving for Delhi in search for a new job. Once in Delhi, he was instantly drawn into acting after watching a play, and in pursuit to secure admission at National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi, he acted in over ten plays with a group of friends, to fulfill one of the criteria for admission.