Omid Djalili is a British Iranian stand-up comedian and actor. Omid had great success performing A Strange Bit of History, which won the Spirit of The Fringe award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1994, Omid has since become a fringe favorite with a string of sell-out shows. In 1995 it was with Short Fat Kebab Shop Owner's Son, again in 1996 in Arab & The Jew and in 1997 with a full-length solo stand-up show, Omid Djalili Is Ethnic. He has become one of the funniest, freshest and most original comedians in Britain, this being reinforced by him winning the LWT Best Stand-Up Award in 1997. His international appeal is vast, having performed in the last three years in Australia, Austria, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, The Czech Republic and Slovakia. Omid has appeared in every episode of BBC 2's Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round, and the Channel 4 sketch shows Barking and Coming Soon. Omid has also been seen on the big screen in Notting Hill and in a major role with Brendan Fraser and John Hannah in the Hollywood remake of the 1932 Boris Karloff film, The Mummy. In August 1999, Omid was once again was awarded with the Spirit of the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival. His show received rave reviews in the newspapers. 1999 also saw Omid in the James Bond Movie, The World Is Not Enough, and also appear in every episode of the Channel 4 sitcom, Small Potatoes alongside Perrier Award Winner Tommy Tiernan. Omid was also seen in the Ridley Scott film Gladiator with Russell Crowe and Oliver Reed.
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