From teaching English as a foreign language to becoming one of the country’s top young broadcasters, London-born Jameela Jamil has come a long way in the last few years.
January 13th 2013 saw Jameela take the reins of Radio 1’s The Official Chart Show, making her the first female presenter to host the show solo since its inception.
Bursting onto the scene in Autumn 2008, Jameela began her presenting career on the E4 Music Zone and with her stunning good looks, flash of red lippy, quirky dress sense and down to earth personality, she immediately caught the attention of both viewers and producers alike.
January 2009 saw Jameela join the T4 and Freshly Squeezed family where she went on to become a favourite weekend and weekday morning face. In 2010, Jameela got her first solo presenting role on Koko Pop, a music show filmed in Camden’s iconic club, Koko. The series proved a massive hit with viewers and was quickly re-commissioned and became a staple series on T4.
2012 kicked off with a new presenting role fronting E4’s cult series, Playing It Straight and Radio 1 announced they were signing Jameela up as one of their new young presenters to host the Radio 1 Request Show on Sunday Evenings.
As well as her presenting duties 2012 saw Jameela launch her first clothing range, JAM by Jameela Jamil, with very.co.uk. In 2015 she launched size 10-32 collection for Simply Be with the aim to make every woman feel body confident in what they wear, the second collection launched April 2016.
In addition to her broadcast work, Jameela has also fronted a TV advertising campaign for international make-up brand Maybelline, Elegant Touch and has done numerous fashion shoots with magazines including American and UK Vogue, In Style and Esquire.
As a keen writer, Jameela has written monthly columns for Cosmopolitan, Company and continues to write her blog ‘Diary of a Goon’. She was nominated for columnist of the year at both the prestigious PPA Awards and the BSME Awards for her monthly column in Company magazine in 2012.
In 2014 she delivered a speech at the Body Confidence Awards at London’s House of Commons on the crisis of self esteem which received nationwide recognition.
2016 was a big year for Jameela as she made her acting debut, starring alongside Ted Danson and Kirsten Bell in a new NBC Comedy ‘The Good Place’ created by Michael Schur. Jameela is currently filming Season 3 which will air in November 2018.