Fast Facts

  • Parents immigrated to Britain from Iran in 1957.
  • 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.

Relationships

  • Isabella Djalili — Daughter
  • Louis Djalili — Son
  • Ahmad Djalili — Father
  • Danny Djalili — Son
  • Annabel Knight — Wife

College

  • University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland (1988)

Details

  • Birth Place: Chelsea, London, England
  • Birthday: September 30, 1965, Libra
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian
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