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Plot Twist

Omid Djalili

Season 8

The Queen’s last laugh, defeating Robokeeper, being grabbed in the nether regions by Oliver Reed, and becoming a favourite of Whoopi Goldberg… these are just some of the topics covered in this week’s Plot Twist with comedian and actor Omid Djalili. Discussing an incredible career that’s taken him from the British comedy circuit to Hollywood (in titles including Gladiator and The Mummy), Omid shares the sliding door moments that have peppered his life so far – including why he’s now chosen to use his platform to talk about human rights in Iran. 

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