Ali Jamil is the father of a British actress, presenter, and activist Jameela Jamil (aka Jameela Alia Jamil). His daughter is known for her character Tahani Al-Jamil in the NBC fantasy comedy series The Good Place. Further, Jameela is also the first solo female host to run the BBC Radio 1 Chart Show.
Some years back, Ali’s famous daughter Jameela mentioned her parents and called them fat-phobic. Likewise, she also revealed that she no longer speaks to her parents at the moment. Right after her words hit the media, many of her viewers wondered who her mom and dad are.
Well, not her mom but we have tried our best to explore the inside life of Jameela’s father Ali Jamil in the below piece of article. So, let’s get started.
Ali Jamila’s Early Life; Is Jameela Jamil’s Father An Indian?
Jameela Jamil’s father, Ali Jamil was born in an Indian-origin family in the year 1944. As of 2023, he is 78 years of age. Similarly, he grew up in the United Kingdom alongside his parents as his famous daughter once said that her parents moved to the UK when they were so young.
Talking about his nationality, several media outlets said him to be Indian but it seems quite arguable after his ex-wife Shireen tweets regarding his nationality. In January 2019, Shireen tweeted,
#Nationality is determined by Citizenship,not Birthplace. Press label Jameela’s father Indian&her mother Pakistani.He’s NOT Indian.He’s Pakistani,as he holds a Pakistani passport.I’m NOT Pakistani.I’m British,as I hold a British passport.His Ancestry is Indian.Mine,Pathan.#simple
The celebrity father belongs to Indian ancestry and probably holds British nationality as well.
Career: What Does Ali Jamil Do For A Living?
As a celebrity father, it’s obvious that alongside his personal life, his professional life is also a subject of curiosity. But, at this moment, we are unknown about his profession as Ali has hardly appeared in the media and talked about himself. He is currently in his late 70s, so probably Jamil is living his retirement life.
On the other side, his daughter Jameela is an actress, and presenter as mentioned earlier.
Began her career as a host on the British pop culture show T4, she then worked as a radio host. In 2016, when she shifted to the United States, Jameela then pursued her career as an actress and acted in acting projects like The Good Place, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, and others.
Ali Jamil Had A Difficult Marriage With His Ex-Wife Shireen Jamil
While the exact date of their marriage is not available in the media, Ali and his ex-wife Shireen separated in the mid-1990s. However, based on their daughter’s age, we believe that they probably tied the knot around the 1980s.
Initially, though the now ex-couple were on good terms, as time passed, their marriage turned abusive. It’s especially from the side of Ali who abused his wife in every way, financially, mentally, and emotionally. When toxicity crossed the limit, his then-spouse showed the courage to leave him. Following his divorce from his wife, his now-whereabouts and his present marital status is yet to identify.
Ali Was an Abusive Husband, Told His Ex-Wife Shireen
Lately, his ex-wife Shireen has been working as a domestic violence activist. As an activist, she narrated her domestic violence experience to motivate and free several other women who are stuck in such situations.
Revealing her abusive relationship with her ex-husband Ali, she said
“I felt trapped with no way of escaping.
“The first incident came when my partner put his hands around my throat and then “He twice broke my nose, the second time in front of my two children who were aged nine and 18 at the time, and I suffered a brain haemorrhage.”
She further told,
He once struck me so hard that the left side of my head throbbed in agony and I could only speak with a clenched mouth.
“Yet he would shout at me and say, ‘Don’t speak to me like the Godfather! If you can’t speak properly, be quiet.’
After enduring so much violence, it was Shireen who finally gave up on her marriage with Jameela’s father. Even though she left Ali in the mid-1990s, she reported her ex-spouse’s crime to police in the year 2013. Well, was Ali Jamil arrested? Let’s get to know.
Was Ali Arrested Following the Case File Report On Domestic Violence By His Ex-Spouse?
Not exactly. The news of Jameela’s dad’s arrest hasn’t surfaced in the media till today, at least we didn’t find out about it.
However, it could have happened that Ali must have gone through some legal procedures.
Ali Jamil Is A Father; How Many Children Does He Have?
From his marriage with his former wife, he is a father of a daughter Jameela Alia Jamil. As far as we know, Jameela is his only biological daughter who was born on 25 February 1986, in London, England. As of 2023, she is 37 years of age and is a presenter and budding actress as mentioned earlier.
Further, he also was a father figure to his stepson Adnandus Dyzantae, his former wife Shireen’s son from her previous relationship. He was born in the year 1977 which makes him 46 years old in 2023. Adnandus is an author by profession.
Ali Jamil And His Daughter’s Current Estranged Relationship
Back in 2019, Ali’s daughter Jameela talked about her relationship with both her mom and dad. Jameela said she is no longer in contact with her dad and mom.
Further, The Good Place actress revealed that her both father and mother were fat-phobic, and due to this, they were unhelpful while she battled an eating disorder as a teenager.
Whatever their present situations are, as a child, Jameela always found her father a fun dad.
Ali’s Daughter, Jameela Remembers Him As A Fun Dad
On the Occasion of Father’s day 2015, when Jamella was asked about her father and his wise advice for her, she said her dad was a fun dad. The reporter said,
My dad Ali was a ‘fun’ dad who, when he took me to school, would wink at me before we left the house and say, ‘We’ll take the scenic route’. He also nurtured my love of music early. When I couldn’t sleep as a toddler he’d get me out of my cot, sit me down next to him and feed me dollops of ice-cream while we watched TV repeats of Top Of The Pops late into the night.
While answering the queries on what was her dad’s advice, she stated
‘Try not to be too responsible or reveal too many strengths because people will overburden you with things to take care of and look after’.
Looking at this, we definitely can say that Ali was a good father to his child though at some point he missed supporting his daughter.
What Is Ali Jamil’s Net Worth?
Since his career is not known till today, his net worth is under review. Meanwhile, his actress daughter Jameela Jamil has an estimated net worth of $5 million.