Hailing from the United States, Haider Rifaat is a Pakistani-American actor, writer and model born on July 3rd, 1995 in Fairfax, Virginia. He started his YouTube channel in 2010 and began making fan made videos at the age of 15, mostly of television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bones, Ringer, music videos of renowned singers and horror-thriller movie trailers. He often lent voice overs for his news feed videos.
He was fond of acting since his childhood years and frequently used his camera to make videos of himself portraying fictional characters. At a young age, Haider creatively used tables to capture his scenes and made many trailers and video projects featuring himself look professional. Back then, he had no knowledge of a tripod. Since 2018, his YouTube channel has surpassed 6.6 million video views.
He took part in theater and stage plays and made it his mission to direct and produce independent web series, short films/documentaries for acting purposes. In 2013, Haider created his first web series at the age of 17 titled Dangerously Deceptive in which he played twins and later worked on a second horror web series titled Paranormal Activities: Exorcism.
In 2015, he began working on his first political-thriller documentary film titled The Murder Of Marilyn Monroe. The film was released exclusively in 2017 on YouTube. In 2016, he created his first drama short film titled Life Of An Extra and subsequently worked on the 2017 horror short film Raaz. In 2018, he starred in another mystery thriller short film Aik Aur Chehra. In all three films, he portrayed antagonist characters. The shorts are available on YouTube.
Haider became a viral sensation after starring in a fan made trailer of Magic Mike 2 in which he played a stripper. The video gradually received media attention and was initially discovered by Magic FM 105.9 Australia and eventually gained widespread fame after Haider was featured on @midnight with Chris Hardwick on Comedy Central. The video was viewed over 240,000 times on social media alone.
Since 2016, Haider began hosting Pakistan’s first ever web talk show on YouTube titled The Haider Rifaat Show which covers politics, social issues, entertainment and fashion. He talks about pressing issues in Pakistan including child sexual abuse, minorities, radical feminism, transgenders rights and equality.
For his show, he has interviewed Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ahad Raza Mir, Hania Aamir, Zahid Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Ali Rehman Khan, Ahmed Ali Akbar, Shireen Mazari, Usman Mukhtar, Yasir Jaswal and renowned Pakistani journalists Hamid Mir, Kashif Abbasi, Reham Khan, Saleem Safi, Meher Abbasi, Dr. Moeed Pirzada and Nasim Zehra. The show is available to watch on YouTube.
In 2017, he worked on his third web series named Orphan Black: Next Generation in which he played clones. Acting and hosting aside, Haider writes extensively for Good Times magazine, Daily Times, Express Tribune, The Nation, Pakistan Observer and Pakistan Today newspapers. He is also a contributor for fashion magazines HELLO! Pakistan and Grazia.
He has interviewed eminent Pakistani celebrities and fashion designers including Hasan Sheheryar Yasin, Omar Farooq, Humayun Alamgir, Deepak Perwani, Amir Adnan, Mehwish Hayat, Sana Javed, Ayesha Omar, Mawra Hocane, Ahsan Khan, Mikaal Zulfiar, Urwa Hocane, Shahzad Nasib, Aamina Sheikh, Armeena Khan, Hareem Farooq, Muneeb Butt and Tom Coulston among many others.