The Sacred

The Sacred

A podcast about the things we hold sacred, and how to talk to people different from ourselves.

Omid Djalili on his Baha’i faith, racism and serving humanity through comedy

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Omid Djalili is a stand-up comedian, actor, producer and writer. He grew up in Kensington with his Iranian Baha'i family. He has appeared in Mamma Mia 2, Snatch, His Dark Materials and The Infidel among many other films, and he currently hosts the quiz show The Winning Combination on ITV 2.

In this episode he speaks about the impact of the Iranian revolution on his teenage faith, seeing comedy as a vocation that brings joy, and his experiences of dealing with racism.


by Christine on
Conversations of what people consider sacred is very important in a diverse society. It can only help further greater understanding and sensitivity, so that while freedom of speech is upheld , civility towards others can be maintained. I agree with Omid Djalili's point that there is far too much polarisation of views in the media. Thankyou Elizabeth!

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About this podcast

The Sacred is a podcast about our deepest values, the stories that shape us and how we can build empathy and understanding between people who are very different.

Each episode features a conversation with someone who has a public voice, from academics to journalists, playwrights and politicians. We ask them where they have come from, what they are trying to do and what might help heal our very divided public conversations.

The Sacred is hosted by Elizabeth Oldfield, director of Theos think tank.

For more information about the people and ideas behind the podcast, visit or follow us on Twitter @theosthinktank and @theoselizabeth.

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