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Omid Djalili (born September 30, 1965) is an Iranian-British stand-up comedian, born to Iranian parents. He attended the University of Ulster in Coleraine, studying English and Theatre studies and is an active member of the Bahá'í Faith. He prides himself as being the only Iranian comedian, which, he says, is "three more than Germany".

Omid Djalili

Starting his stand-up comedy career with amazing success at the Edinburgh Festival in 1995, he followed up his comedic performances with even more successful, sell-out shows, starting with "Short, Fat Kebab Shop Owner's Son" in 1995, following up with "The Arab and the Jew" in 1996, "Omid Djalili is Ethnic" in 1997, "Warm to My Winning Smile" in 2000, "Behind Enemy Lines" in 2002, and his most-recent "No Agenda" in October of this year. His stand-up routines and jokes focus primarily on multiculturalism and ethnic particularities. His hyperactive and energetic manner of imitating accents, doing bellydances, and singing songs earned him a significant fanbase all over the globe. He has performed in over 12 countries worldwide, including Australia, Denmark, Canada, Germany, and the United States. Omid Djalili has also appeared in a number of motion pictures, most notably Gladiator, The Mummy, and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. He is probably best-known to American audiences as Nasim from the US sitcom Whoopi, starring alongside actress Whoopi Goldberg. In 2003, he was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. His latest movie, Alien Autopsy, is currently in production and is slated for release in the UK in the first quarter of 2006.

Awards

Djalili has won awards for his comedy. These include the EMMA Award, Time Out Award, and LWT Comedy Award for Best Stand-up Comedian, Spirit of the Fringe Award as well as the One World Media Award for his Channel 4 documentary, Bloody Foreigners.

He has also been nominated for awards, such as the Perrier Award for Best Comedian, the Gemini Award for Best Comedy Performance of 2003, the South Bank Award for Best Comedy of 2003, the Royal Television Society Award for Best Stand-up, and the European TV Award for his Bloody Foreigners.

Filmography

Cinema

  • The Mummy (1999)
  • Notting Hill (1999)
  • Mad Cows (1999)
  • The World Is Not Enough (1999)
  • Gladiator (2000)
  • Spy Game (2001)
  • Mean Machine (2001)
  • Anita and Me (2002)
  • Cross My Heart (2003)
  • Deadlines (2004)
  • The Calcium Kid (2004)
  • Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
  • Modigliani (2004)
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
  • Casanova (2005)
  • Alien Autopsy (2006)
  • Over the Hedge (2006)
  • Grow Your Own (2007)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
  • The Love Guru (2008)

Television

  • The Bill (1998)
  • Barking (1998)
  • The Lake of Darkness (1999)
  • Cleopatra (1999)
  • Coming Soon (1999)
  • Small Potatoes (1999)
  • Black Books (2000)
  • Jason and the Argonauts (2000)
  • Lenny Henry in Pieces (2000)
  • Dinotopia: The Series (2002)
  • Between Iraq and a Hard Place (2003)
  • Whoopi (2003)
  • Live At the Apollo (2004)
  • Age of Awakening. Narrator (2005)
  • Chopra Town (2005)
  • One Night Stand (HBO) (2005)
  • My Family and Other Animals (2005)
  • Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive (2006)
  • Jack Dee's Lead Balloon (2006)
  • Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (2006)
  • TV Heaven, Telly Hell (2007)
  • Have I Got News For You (2007)
  • The Omid Djalili Show (2007)
  • Premier League All Stars (2007)
  • Never Mind The Buzzcocks (2008)

Omid Djalili - Royal Variety Performance

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