Jameela Jamil is an English actress, presenter, and campaigner who was born on February 25, 1986. She started her career on Channel 4, where she anchored a T4 strand pop culture series from 2009 until 2012. She went on to become the radio host of The Official Chart and co-host of The Official Chart Update on BBC Radio 1 with Scott Mills. She was the BBC Radio 1 chart show’s first solo female presenter.

Jamil moved to the United States in 2016. She is best recognized for her role in the NBC fantasy comedy series The Good Place as Tahani Al-Jamil. She is also recognized for hosting The Misery Index, a TBS late-night game program, and for being one of the judges on the voguing reality competition show Legendary.

Since 2015, Jamil has been in a relationship with musician James Blake.

She came out as queer after receiving blowback over her position as a judge on the voguing reality show Legendary, which is anchored in New York’s black and Latino LGBTQ communities.

Jameela Jamil’s parents

Jamil was born in Hampstead, London, on February 25, 1986, to Pakistani father Ali Jamil and Pakistani-British mother Shireen Jamil. She reported in 2015 that she was born with congenital hearing loss and labyrinthitis, which she had multiple procedures to treat, and that she had 70% hearing ability in her left ear and 50% in her right ear.

Jamil claims she was diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a hereditary illness affecting the body’s connective tissue, at the age of nine, and celiac disease at the age of twelve.

She also claims she was poisoned by mercury at the age of 21, which she claims was caused by mercury leaking from amalgam dental fillings, which was compounded by its faulty removal, which she claims burned holes in her digestive system.

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