Jameela Jamil works as an actress, writer, host and advocate. She was first seen on American television starring as Tahani in Mike Schur’s Golden Globe-nominated series The Good Place, opposite Ted Danson and Kristen Bell. In 2021 Jameela reprised her role as host on the TBS game show The Misery Index. She also voices the character Auntie Pushpa in the Disney series Mira, Royal Detective with an all-Indian cast that includes Freida Pinto and Kal Penn. In addition, she is one of the judges on HBO Max’s new competition show Legendary.
In April 2020 Jameela launched her first podcast, ‘I Weigh with Jameela Jamil’, in which she speaks to thought-leaders, performers, activists, influencers and friends about how they are working through their past shames to find where their value truly lies. With hilarious and vulnerable conversations, guests have included Gloria Steinem, Reese Witherspoon, Demi Lovato, Billy Porter, Tarana Burke, Ashley Ford and Deshaun Wesley to name a few.
Starting her broadcast career in the UK in 2009, Jameela hosted TV programming including T4 and Freshly Squeezed for Channel 4. She went on to join the BBC R1 presenting team and in 2013 she became the first female solo presenter of Radio 1’s The Official Chart Show. In 2015 she made her move to the US.
Jameela is an advocate for many causes and in 2018 launched a movement and activism platform, I Weigh. What started as an idea and an Instagram page became a platform and community of change makers who come together to share ideas, experiences and ultimately mobilize activism. Through original content, editorial and podcasts, the platform explores social issues that stem from mental health to climate change to the representation of marginalized groups. I Weigh amplifies and empowers diverse voices in an accessible way to celebrate progress, not perfection. In May 2020 the I Weigh platform expanded onto YouTube to bring viewers fresh, original content to keep everyone informed and inspired with a mix of interviews, BTS, mini docs and round table discussions.