Screen comedian Omid is up for some April Fool’s fun

Omid Djalili
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Omid Djalili, Winding Wheel

It’s not an April Fool’s joke but there should be plenty of laughs when comedian and actor Omid Djalili appears in Chesterfield tomorrow night.

He describes himself as “an actor/comedian who spends most of his time trying to keep his weight down by yoyo dieting and playing football in West London still hoping to get spotted by Brentford Football Club”.

Omid had further sporting ambitions seen on TV, when he bravely took part in the reality show Splash!, where celebrities learned how to dive.

He has said that the 10-metre dive was the most frightening point in his life.

It’s been a busy 12 months for the British-born Iranian star, who appeared in a new stage play of The Shawshank Redemption at the Edinburgh Festival daily throughout August last year.

He played the character of Red, who was played by Morgan Freeman in the 1994 film version, to critical acclaim.

The Times described his role as a “solid nuanced performance, creates a full hearted character to stand alongside any.”

His other stage credits include playing Fagin in West End smash-hit Oliver!, Dr Rance in Joe Orton’s What The Butler Saw at The Vaudeville Theatre and Mahmud Nasir in The Infidel.

On film he has most recently appeared in Sex and the City 2 and Mr Nice.

One of his most memorable screen roles was as a greedy prison warder in The Mummy

Omid’s stand-up comedy accolades include the Time Out Award for Best Stand Up and he was a Perrier Award nominee.