Omid Djalili

Omid Djalili

Iranian-British Omid Djalili is a popular standup comedian and actor

Omid Djalili is a highly talented comedian and actor, an Edinburgh Festival Fringe favourite who has enjoyed a string of sell-out shows. He has also featured in films including The Mummy, Gladiator, Spy Game, Modigliani, Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow, Casanova, and is seen in The Allottment and Pirates of the Caribbean III.

There are few public figures in the UK both as popular and as well positioned as Djalili to find the common ground between the West and the Middle East (and to crack a few gags about it once he gets there). Djalili was born to Iranian parents and raised in central London, his stand-up comedy has dealt with the experience of being a British Persian; of growing up, as he puts it, "between Ayatollah Khomeini and Dickie Davis". The titles of his tours speak for themselves: A Short, Fat Kebab-Shop Owner's Son, The Arab and The Jew, Omid Djalili is Ethnic. With his gift for physical comedy and vocal mimicry, Omid is one of the UK’s most talented comedians.

On television Omid has appeared in comedies on both sides of the Atlantic, cropping up in Black Books and Lead Balloon, and co-starring with Whoopi Goldberg in her sitcom Whoopi. He starred in two series of his own sketch and stand-up show on BBC One, and was only the second British comic (after Eddie Izzard) to be given his own HBO special. His exhaustive TV credits also take in Live at the Apollo, Question Time, The One Show, This Week, as guest host for the ever popular Have I Got News for You and most tv Panel Shows.

His mixture of characterisations, cultural observations and gags mark him out as one of the best, most natural live performers. To book Omid to appear at your event please call a Prime Performers Booking Agent on 020 7251 8222 or email your enquiry to