Earned degrees in English and theater studies in college.
After college, was rejected by 16 drama schools.
Acted in experimental theater in the Czech Republic before turning to stand-up comedy; a one-man show (written by his wife, playwright Annabel Knight) won an award at the 1994 Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Festival.
Was chosen "Best Comic of 1996" on The Big, Big Talent Show on Britain's ITV network.
In the U.S., was a regular on the 2002 ABC fantasy Dinotopia and Whoopi Goldberg's 2003-04 NBC sitcom, Whoopi.
Won a Persian Golden Lioness Award in 2006.
His 2007-09 BBC sketch show, The Omid Djalili Show, was Britain's first ever hosted by an Anglo-Iranian.
Played Picasso in the 2004 biopic Modigliani; other film credits include Notting Hill, The Mummy, The World Is Not Enough, Gladiator, Casanova, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Sex and the City 2.
Isabella Djalili — Daughter
Danny Djalili — Son
Annabel Knight — Wife
Louis Djalili — Son
Ahmad Djalili — Father
University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland (1988)