Jameela Jamil

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Jameela Jamil
Jameela jamil.jpg
Jameela Jamil at London Fashion Week in 2009
Born (1986-02-25) 25 February 1986 (age 31)
Hampstead, London, England
Residence London, England
Nationality British
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 10.5 in (1.79 m).[1]
Television T4, Channel 4, NBC
Website jameelajamil.co.uk

Jameela Jamil (born 25 February 1986)[2] is an English television presenter, radio presenter, model and actor. 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] She is currently appearing in the American sitcom The Good Place.[4]


Jamil, nickname "Jam-Jam", was born in Hampstead to an Indian father and an English mother.[1][5][6] At school, Jamil says she was "bookish and shy [...] Back then it was all about comfort. I literally didn't care what I wore".[7] Her interests include art and biology.[8] At the age of 17, Jamil was struck by a car, breaking several bones and damaging her spine. She was confined to bed for a year; she weighed 126 pounds (57 kg) (9 st) before the accident and gained 77 pounds (35 kg) (5 st 7 lb) while convalescing. 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. She rapidly lost weight, returning to her original weight.[8][9]

Jamil taught English to foreign students at the Callan School of English, Oxford Street, London;[9] she also worked as a model, photographer, and as a fashion scout for Premier Model Management Limited.[5][8][10] Of her political views, she stated "It's not a matter of who's got the better policies – it's literally a case of thinking 'Who's less evil?'"[11] and prior to the 2010 general election said "I'm so confused as to who's actually worse. And I just don't think there's much of a point voting for the Lib Dems."[12]

In February 2012, it was announced that she would host[13] the Radio 1 Request Show broadcasting every Sunday from 7-9pm. On 9 November 2012, it was announced that she would take control of The Radio 1 Chart Show, after it was announced Reggie Yates would be leaving.[14] She hosted her first chart show on 13 January 2013. In June 2012, Jamil collaborated with Very.co.uk to debut her first fashion collection.[15] In 2016 Jamil made her acting debut, portraying socialite Tahani al-Jamil on the NBC fantasy sitcom "The Good Place".



When younger, Jamil wore extra-large men's Gap tracksuits.[9] Jamil denies that the world of modelling made her stylish, saying "that doesn't mean you have style ... you are just getting clothes put on to you",[16] but by 2010, she was reported as a "rising star in the fashion world, carving out her own niche in feminine grunge glam outfits".[5] She does not have a stylist,[16] choosing her own clothes from fashion designers including Olivia Rubin,[17] D&G,[18] Henry Holland,[18] Urban Outfitters,[9] Office[9] and high-street brand Topshop.[18] Her style has been described as "unique looks that both reflect and inspire the UK's young, fresh fashionistas".[5] She is fond of 1950s and 60s vintage dresses, styled after icons Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot.[9][18]

Jamil has attended events such as London Fashion Week 2010 (on 18 October 2009),[19] the opening of Whiteley's Pop Up stores[20][21] in March 2010 and the first shop for the Danish fashion house By Malene Birger (where Jamil was DJing).[22]


Jamil has featured in several magazines. She was photographed for a Vogue feature on "British Editorial Class of 2010" in January of that year, by David Bailey. In the British edition of Esquire an editorial titled "How To Impress Jameela Jamil" appeared in October 2009, written by Alisa Connan. InStyle Magazine had a shoot in 2010.[23][24] She also writes a column for Company, the women's monthly magazine.[when?][25]


While teaching English, Jamil saw an advertisement for a job with Channel 4 and sent an application; she later said "I couldn't believe it when I got a screen test and then got the job!"[26] She appeared on the E4 show Music Zone towards the end of 2008. She began presenting T4 in 2009.[6][25] In January 2009, Alexa Chung left the morning TV show Freshly Squeezed; Jamil succeeded Chung as co-host, alongside Nick Grimshaw.[5][6][27][28]

Jamil presented other E4 Music programmes,[28] interviewing celebrities such as Denzel Washington, Jennifer Aniston and Johnny Depp.[9] She presented "T4 on the Beach 2009",[23] and "T4 on the Beach 2010", which was on 19 July in Weston-Super-Mare.[23] In November 2009, she hosted the Freesports on 4 coverage of the Freeze Festival,[6][25][27] a snow and music festival held in Battersea Power Station.[29] She presented Channel 4 Saturday morning show Koko Pop (filmed at Camden's Koko nightclub), which debuted on show of 10 April 2010 featuring "the hottest pop acts in the UK charts".[30] The series' six half-hour shows were repeated on T4.[30]

Jamil presented "The Closet", an online fashion advice show on the social networking site Bebo.[25][27][31] Created and produced by Twenty Twenty Television, it formed part of the 'Bebo Originals' commission programme.[31] The weekly shows began on 25 August 2009, running for just over four months, featuring fashion and makeup guides, insider interviews and celebrity gossip.[31] Site visitors could participate in the show via the site, uploading photos of their 'best buys' of the week and voting in polls.[31] In January 2012, replaced June Sarpong as the new host of Playing It Straight.[32]

Since September 2016, Jamil has been a regular cast member of the NBC fantasy sitcom The Good Place, where she plays Tahani Al-Jamil, a deceased Pakistani-British socialite.[33]


Jamil appeared on C4 "Orange Rockcorps 2009", volunteering for four hours to help create a concert to fund local community projects.[34] She has supported the Cultural Learning Alliance, which promotes access to culture for children and young people,[35] and Vinspired National Awards for people aged 16–25 who have contributed to their communities through volunteering.[36][37] Jamil designed her own version of SpongeBob SquarePants, for a Childline charity auction.[38]

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.[39]


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  8. ^ a b c Katie Mulloy; Photographer – Bella Howard; Stylist – Steve Morriss (December 2009), Nylon, New York: Nylon Holding Inc.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Interview: Jameela Jamil", Look magazine, London, UK: IPC Group Limited, 16 February 2010 
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  11. ^ "Campaigns: Consumer/Healthcare – Dr Organic range has nothing to hide". PR Week. 2 April 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  12. ^ Jarvis, Alice-Azania (15 April 2010). "Pandora: Cherie returns to the promo circuit again". The Independent. London, UK. 
  13. ^ Ben Cooper, Radio 1 & 1Xtra Controller (28 February 2012). "Media Centre – Greg James, Gemma Cairney and Jameela Jamil land new shows on Radio 1". BBC. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Reggie Yates, Vernon Kay to leave Radio 1, Jameela Jamil for Chart Show". Digital Spy. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "The exclusive first collection designed by Jameela Jamil for Very.co.uk". Blog.very.co.uk. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  16. ^ a b Dean Piper (28 March 2010). "Like the modest style, Jameela". mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  17. ^ Angela Scanlon (8 April 2010). "Steal her style: Rochelle from The Saturdays". Independent.ie. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  18. ^ a b c d "Jameela Jamil: Industry Insider". teenvogue.com. October 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  19. ^ "Photographic press agency and picture library". Rex Features. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  20. ^ "Stars turn out for Whiteley's Pop Up stores launch". Uk.stylelist.com. 26 March 2010. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  21. ^ Chesters, Laura (6 April 2010). "MORNING AFTER: Standard Life's celeb-packed POP STORES launch". Property Week. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  22. ^ Julia Neel (25 March 2010). "By Malene Birger shop opening party in London (Vogue.com UK)". Vogue.co.uk. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  23. ^ a b c "T4". Channel4. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
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  25. ^ a b c d . Hackford Jones PR http://www.hackfordjonespr.com/pages/gallery/jameela-jamil15.php. Retrieved 21 October 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  26. ^ Jessica Barrett (22 April 2009). "Grazia Fashion: One to watch: Jameela Jamil". Graziadaily.co.uk. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  27. ^ a b c "Jameela | represented by Money Management". Moneymanagementuk.com. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  28. ^ a b Alex Fletcher (23 January 2009). "T4 unveils new host Jameela Jamil". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  29. ^ "Freesports on 4 – Series 8 – Episode 26 – T4: Freesports on 4 Freeze". Channel 4. 15 November 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  30. ^ a b https://web.archive.org/web/20100416150605/http://www.californiachronicle.com/articles/yb/143628192. Archived from the original on 16 April 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  31. ^ a b c d "Jameela Jamil undresses for Westfield London Flash Mob". Fashionandrunway.com. 9 October 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2010.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "beb" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  32. ^ "'Playing It Straight' to return to E4". Digital Spy. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  33. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 25, 2016). "'Good Place': British Presenter Jameela Jamil Cast In Mike Schur NBC Series". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  34. ^ "Orange RockCorps – Series 1 – Episode 7 – Orange Rockcorps 2009". Channel 4. 19 September 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  35. ^ "Stories". Cultural Learning Alliance. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  36. ^ "Millennium Volunteers, Youth Volunteers, Volunteering Opportunities". Bacyp.co.uk. Archived from the original on 7 December 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  37. ^ "national awards". Nationalawards.vinspired.com. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  38. ^ "Photos from the Spongebob Squarepants Tenth Birthday Celebration and Charity Auction With The Saturdays, Sophie Ellis-Bextor". Popsugar.co.uk. 22 January 2010. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  39. ^ Digital Spy. "Jameela Jamil offers to wear chicken suit for a month for Comic Relief". Retrieved 17 March 2013. 

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