Possibly the most beloved Iranian man in the UK, Omid Djalili is more energetic than a bunny in springtime with a stage persona to match his personality.

Described by The Scotsman as "burly but surprisingly athletic" and "painfully funny" by The Independent this Chelsea-born Iranian couples together intelligent and political insights of current affairs with a barrage of sidesplitting laughs regularly reducing audiences to tears (the good kind!).

His ability to switch effortlessly and brilliantly between his Iranian and English accents and his focus on multiculturalism and ethnic peculiarities has endeared him to audiences worldwide.

Omid Djalili has been in the business of stand-up since the mid 90s where he had his first significant triumph at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1995 with his show Short, Fat Kebab Shop Owner's Son.

Counting Bill Clinton as a fan, Djalili was once nominated for a Perrier award and has won the Time Out award for Best Comedian.

Aside from being pant-wettingly funny on stage, Djalili is quite the thespian too. He's been invading Hollywood for the past decade having roles in mega blockbusters such as The MummyGladiator and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

He's a regular on British television having appeared on Live at the ApolloTop GearBlack BooksLittle Britain and as a guest host on Have I Got News For You. Oh and not forgetting his own sketch show The Omid Djalili Show

In July 2009 Djalili took over the role of Fagin from Rowan Atkinson in the West End production of Oliver! - does this man ever sleep!?

Most recently Omid starred in his very own film. Written by David Baddiel The Infidel is a "comedy of ethnic proportions" featuring Djalili as an East End Muslim who discovers he's adopted…and Jewish. Uh oh.

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