Omid Djalili is an Iranian-British stand-up comedian, actor, television producer, voice actor and writer. Born in Chelsea, London, Omid’s credits range from Hollywood movies and television to stand-up comedy touring and live productions on the West End stage.
As a stand-up comedian, Omid has performed internationally since his 1995 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show Short, Fat Kebab Shop Owner's Son and was a Perrier Award nominee in 2002. Throughout 2016-2019, his most recent and current stand up show Schmuck for A Night has seen him perform nearly 250 dates across the UK and worldwide.
Earning praise across the world for his performances, Omid has appeared on UK and US TV and starred in films such as the recent smash hit Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, the Golden Globe and Oscar nominated Shaun the Sheep Movie, Gladiator, Sex and The City 2, The Mummy, Notting Hill and The Infidel. Omid also appeared on the silver screen as ‘Cavalier’ in Disney’s 2018 live-action production of The Nutcracker and The Four Realms.
On TV, Omid has recently been seen performing as part of the line-up for ITV’s We Are Most Amused and Amazed, a televised celebration for The Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday. He has also recently filmed for roles in Acorn TV’s Queens of Mystery and BBC One/HBO’s His Dark Materials, a TV adaptation of the Philip Pullman novels. Other notable TV credits across Omid’s career include his own BBC One show The Omid Djalili Show, starring in Whoopi Goldberg’s American sitcom Whoopi and Sky One’s Stan Lee's Lucky Man. In 2019, Omid is filming for brand new Netflix drama Letter For The King.
On the stage, Omid won rave reviews for his leading role of ‘Tevye’ in Chichester Theatre Festival Theatre’s Fiddler on the Roof, across an eight-week run in summer 2017. In 2009, Omid starred as ‘Fagin’ in Cameron Mackintosh’s West End revival of Oliver!.
Omid has also executively produced the acclaimed documentary We Are Many, about the global anti-war demonstrations that took place in 800 cities on February 15th 2003, to date the largest mobilisation of human beings in the history of the earth.
In August 2016, Omid produced an Edinburgh Fringe show called Iraq Out & Loud, which saw almost 1500 comedians and members of the public read the entirety of the Chilcot Report for 24 hours a day, over 12 days. This memorable production was awarded the prestigious Panel Prize at Edinburgh Comedy Awards.