Americans may not have heard of Jameela Jamil before, unless they lived in Great Britain in the early 2010s and watched a lot of the BBC's Channel 4. But by the time many of them read this, they will likely have heard of her for her role on the American TV sitcom "The Good Place," starring Kristen Bell (an earlier honoree on this blog) and Ted Danson.
Jameela Jamil was a weekend TV presenter on Channel 4 and its sister digital channel E4, hosting music and fashion shows and interviewing American celebrities such as Denzel Washington and Johnny Depp. She was also a presenter on the BBC's Radio 1 network, where she hosted "The Official Chart Update," a spinoff of Radio 1's long-running program "The Official Chart." As you can gather, that show counts down the most popular and bestselling singles in Britain.
A breast cancer scare caused her to walk away from her career and take some time off, and when the opportunity to star in an American sitcom came along, she took it, wanting to take a risk and try something new. On "The Good Place," Ms. Jamil plays a deceased wealthy philanthropist in the afterlife, an afterlife in which Kristen Bell's character doesn't quite feel she belongs in.