Jani Toivola

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Jani Toivola
Jani Toivola.jpg
Member of the Finnish Parliament
for Uusimaa
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1977-11-27) 27 November 1977 (age 40)
Finland Vaasa, Finland
Nationality Finnish
Political party Green League
Occupation Actor, dancer
Website http://janitoivola.net

Jani Petteri Toivola (born 27 November 1977 in Vaasa, Finland) is a Finnish actor and dancer. He studied in HB Acting Studio, New York City in 1999–2002. He has performed in several dance works, television series and plays. Toivola is also openly gay.[1] His father is Kenyan and mother Finnish.

Toivola has been a veejay for the chart programme of the music channel The Voice. He has also so far hosted the third and fourth season of the Finnish Idols television series together with Ellen Jokikunnas.

In the Finnish parliamentary election of 2011, Toivola was elected to the Parliament of Finland as a candidate of the Green League. He's the first Finnish Black MP.


  • Kuilu mielessä, (2003)
  • Käenpesä, TV series (2005), as Samir Kibaki
  • Meno-paluu, a travel programme (2005), host
  • Ähläm Sähläm, TV series (2006), as Heikki
  • Osasto 5, TV series (2006), as Ahmed Mattila
  • Idols, third season of TV series (2007), host
  • Kaikki kunnossa, waiter in TV series (2007)
  • Big Brother Extra, fifth season of TV series (2009), host


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Jani Toivola ei peittele rakkauttaan miehiin". Iltalehti (in Finnish). 27 January 2007.