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Jameela Jamil
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Jameela Jamil at London Fashion Week in 2009
Born (1986-02-25) 25 February 1986 (age 32)
Hampstead, London, England
Residence London, England
Nationality English
Occupation TV and radio presenter, actor
Employer Channel 4, BBC, NBC
Known for
  • Presenting T4
  • Former host of The Official Chart on BBC Radio 1
  • The Good Place
Height 5 ft 10 12 in (1.79 m).[1]
Television T4, Channel 4, NBC
Website jameelajamil.co.uk

Jameela Alia Jamil (born 25 February 1986)[2] is a British television presenter, radio presenter, model and actress. She has appeared on various Channel 4 programmes and has been a presenter of T4 from 2009 until 2012 when T4 ended. She is a former host of The Official Chart and was co-host of The Official Chart Update, alongside Scott Mills on BBC Radio 1 until January 2015.[3] Since 2016, she has appeared as Tahani Al-Jamil in the American television series The Good Place.[4]

Contents

  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Magazines
    • 2.2 Television
      • 2.2.1 Television filmography
    • 2.3 Radio
  • 3 Charity
  • 4 References
  • 5 Further reading
  • 6 External links

Biography[edit]

Jamil was born to an Indian father and a Pakistani mother on 25 February 1986.[5] She was born with congenital hearing loss and labyrinthitis, for which she had to have several operations to correct. She states that she has "70% audibility in [her] left ear and 50% in [her] right ear" as of 2015.[6] After accusations that she was a 'bad Muslim' in 2018 she went on record to state that she is not a Muslim and follows no religion.[7] At school, Jamil says she was "bookish and shy".[8] Her interests include art and biology.[9] At the age of 17, Jamil was struck by a car after being chased by a bee, breaking several bones and damaging her spine. She was told that she might never walk again, but after steroid treatment and physiotherapy she slowly recovered, using a Zimmer frame to start walking.[9][10]

Jamil taught English to foreign students at the Callan School of English, Oxford Street, London;[10] she also worked as a model, photographer, and as a fashion scout for Premier Model Management Limited.[11][9][12]

In 2012, she began radio hosting.[13] In June 2012, Jamil collaborated with Very.co.uk to debut her first fashion collection.[14] Later in 2015, Jamil launched Why Not People?, an events and membership company dedicated to hosting live entertainment events accessible to disabled people.[15]

In March 2018, Jamil launched an Instagram account called I Weigh,[16] inspired by a photo that she came across online of Kourtney, Khloé and Kim Kardashian with their half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, detailing each woman's weight.[17] Jamil describes I Weigh as "a movement... for us to feel valuable and see how amazing we are, and look past the flesh on our bones".[18] The account welcomes submissions of followers' non-edited or airbrushed selfies using the hashtag #iweigh, with text describing the things that they feel grateful for or proud of.[18][17]

Jamil has been in a relationship with musician James Blake since 2015.[19]

Career[edit]

Magazines[edit]

Jamil was photographed for a Vogue feature on "British Editorial Class of 2010" in January of that year, by David Bailey. From 2011 to 2014 she wrote a column for Company, the women's monthly magazine.[20][21] She made her first American magazine cover on the February 2018 edition of The Cut.[22]

Television[edit]

She appeared on the E4 show Music Zone towards the end of 2008. She began presenting T4 in 2009.[23][20] In January 2009, Alexa Chung left the morning TV show Freshly Squeezed; Jamil succeeded Chung as co-host, alongside Nick Grimshaw.[11][23][24][25]

Jamil presented "The Closet", an online fashion advice show on the social networking site Bebo.[20][24][26] Created and produced by Twenty Twenty Television, it formed part of the 'Bebo Originals' commission programme.[26] In January 2012, Jamil replaced June Sarpong as the new host of Playing It Straight.[27]

Since September 2016, Jamil has been a regular cast member of the NBC fantasy sitcom The Good Place, where she plays Tahani Al-Jamil.[28] This is Jamil's first acting role.[29][30] Jamil recalls not knowing much of what the show was about before auditioning.[30]

Television filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 – 2012 Freshly Squeezed Herself Lead host
2012 Playing It Straight Herself Host
2016 – present The Good Place Tahani Al-Jamil Lead role: 26 episodes

Radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 – 2015 The Official Chart Host BBC Radio 1

Charity[edit]

Jamil appeared on C4 "Orange Rockcorps 2009", volunteering for four hours to help create a concert to fund local community projects.[31] She has supported the Cultural Learning Alliance, which promotes access to culture for children and young people,[32] and Vinspired National Awards for people aged 16–25 who have contributed to their communities through volunteering.[33][34] Jamil designed her own version of SpongeBob SquarePants, for a Childline charity auction.[35]

Jamil also said that she would wear a chicken costume for the same number of days equal to the number of thousands of pounds she raises for Comic Relief. She was sponsored approximately £16,000 so vowed to wear the costume for 16 consecutive days.[36]