Jameela Jamil

Actress, Performer and Activist

Jameela Jamil is a one-of-a-kind multi-hyphenate. In 2009, an English Teacher at the time, she was picked from obscurity to host the British breakfast TV program Freshly Squeezed where she went on to become a favorite weekend and weekday morning face for the station T4. In 2016, Jameela made her move to United States television where she was cast by Mike Schur to portray the role of Tahani on NBC’s critically acclaimed The Good Place. The show has won both an AFI Award and a Critics Choice Award and is currently in its third season.

A passionate advocate for many causes, in 2018, Jameela launched a movement and social media platform@i_Weigh which encourages women to feel valuable and look beyond the flesh on their bones. The movement has been recognized by both media outlets and the movement’s hundreds of thousands of followers over the world.

BIO

Jameela can currently be seen starring in Mike Schur’s Golden Globe-nominated series for NBC, The Good Place, where she stars opposite Ted Danson and Kristen Bell. In addition, she can be seen hosting various shows on late night television in the US. In addition, she is a frequent contributor and guest host for the NBC talk show Last Call with Carson Daly and has just signed on to host the TBS late-night game show The Misery Index in 2019, making her the only female woman of color hosting late night Television. Jamil has also been cast in the Disney series Mira, Royal Detective with an all-Indian cast that includes Freida Pinto and Kal Penn, set to air in 2020.

In 2010, Jameela got her first solo presenting role on Koko Pop, a music show filmed in Camden’s iconic club, Koko which proved to be a big hit on Channel 4. The following year Jameela fronted E4’s cult series, Playing It Straight and BBC Radio 1 announced her as the new host for their Request Show on Sunday evenings. By 2013, she landed the role of first female presenter to host BBC Radio 1’s The Official Chart Show.

In addition to her broadcast work, Jameela has also fronted a TV ad campaign for Maybelline and has been featured in many publications including gracing the covers of The Guardian, The Times, Stylist, Red and US Nylon as well as featured in Allure, Elle, Glamour, UK Vogue, Cosmo, InStyle, PAPER, Marie Claire UK, Grazia and Esquire to name a few. As a journalist who penned a monthly column for Company Magazine, she was nominated for columnist of the year at both the PPA Awards and the BSME Awards.

Jameela can currently be seen starring in Mike Schur’s Golden Globe-nominated series for NBC, The Good Place, where she stars opposite Ted Danson and Kristen Bell. In addition, she can be seen hosting various shows on late night television in the US. In addition, she is a frequent contributor and guest host for the NBC talk show Last Call with Carson Daly and has just signed on to host the TBS late-night game show The Misery Index in 2019, making her the only female woman of color hosting late night Television. Jamil has also been cast in the Disney series Mira, Royal Detective with an all-Indian cast that includes Freida Pinto and Kal Penn, set to air in 2020.

In 2010, Jameela got her first solo presenting role on Koko Pop, a music show filmed in Camden’s iconic club, Koko which proved to be a big hit on Channel 4. The following year Jameela fronted E4’s cult series, Playing It Straight and BBC Radio 1 announced her as the new host for their Request Show on Sunday evenings. By 2013, she landed the role of first female presenter to host BBC Radio 1’s The Official Chart Show.

In addition to her broadcast work, Jameela has also fronted a TV ad campaign for Maybelline and has been featured in many publications including gracing the covers of The Guardian, The Times, Stylist, Red and US Nylon as well as featured in Allure, Elle, Glamour, UK Vogue, Cosmo, InStyle, PAPER, Marie Claire UK, Grazia and Esquire to name a few. As a journalist who penned a monthly column for Company Magazine, she was nominated for columnist of the year at both the PPA Awards and the BSME Awards.

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A Conversation with Jameela Jamil

Freedom, Shame and the Power of Identity