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Shappi Khorsandi Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Shappi Khorsandi Quick Info
Height 5 ft 7 in
Weight 58 kg
Date of Birth June 8, 1973
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Eye Color Dark Brown

Shappi Khorsandi is an Iranian-born British comedian and author who has appeared on several shows like Quote… Unquote, Loose Ends, You and Yours, The Now Show, Midweek, Just A Minute, The News Quiz, and Have I Got News For You. She has also performed on festivals like Melbourne Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She became the President of Humanists UK in January 2016 and later became the Vice-President of the group in 2019. As an author, Shappi has published books like A Beginner’s Guide To Acting English, Kissing Emma, and Nina is Not OK. During the course of her career, she has received several awards such as the James Joyce Award.

Born Name

Shaparak Khorsandi

Nick Name


Shappi Khorsandi at the Latitude Festival in 2009
Shappi Khorsandi at the Latitude Festival in 2009

Sun Sign


Born Place

Tehran, Iran


She is based in West London.




Shappi Khordandi went to the Drayton Manor High School (earlier known as Drayton Manor Grammar School).

After that, she got enrolled at the King Alfred’s College (currently known as the University of Winchester). She graduated from college with a degree in Theatre, Drama, and Television in 1995.


Comedian and Author


  • Father – Hadi Khorsandi (Poet and Satirist)
  • Siblings – Peyvand Khorsandi (Older Brother) (Journalist and Satirist)


Shappi Khorsandi is represented by Off The Kerb.




5 ft 7 in or 170 cm


58 kg or 128 lbs

Boyfriend / Girlfriend / Spouse

Shappi Khordandi has dated –

  1. Christian Reilly – Shappi Khorsandi was previously married to fellow comedian Christian Reilly. They had a son together, Cassius. They eventually ended their marriage in 2011.
  2. In November 2012, she took to her Twitter account to reveal that she was expecting another child. In June 2013, she gave birth to a daughter, Genevieve. However, she declined to reveal the identity of her child’s father.
  3. In her interview with Telegraph, she revealed that she had previously dated a woman. However, the relationship didn’t work out because her partner was too young for her.
  4. Mark Steel – She is in a relationship with fellow comedian Mark Steel.

Race / Ethnicity


She has Iranian ancestry.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Curly hair
  • Prominent nose


She was raised by her parents without any religion and she identifies herself as a humanist and atheist.

Best Known For

  • Having appeared in the 7th season of the reality TV show, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
  • Having appeared in a number of BBC radio shows such as Quote… Unquote, Loose Ends, and You and Yours.
  • Being one of the most popular British female comedians.

First TV Show

In 2006, Shappi made her first TV show appearance in the new talk show Question Time.

Personal Trainer

Shappi leads a pretty active lifestyle to preserve her health in the advancing age. She likes to head out for a jog. Whenever she is back home and has some spare time in her schedule, she likes to indulge in yoga. Pilates is another one of her preferred workouts.

When it comes to food, she relies on her vegan diet to keep herself free of health problems. And, to make sure that she doesn’t miss her favorite food items such as cheese, she has decided to go for healthy alternatives. Lastly, she is a big fan of blueberries.

Shappi Khorsandi Favorite Things

  • Dream Dinner Party Guests – Bono, Bette Midler, Graham Norton, Amy Childs, and her friend Vissey.
  • Book That Changed Her Life – What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

SourceThe Guardian

Shappi Khorsandi Facts

  1. She moved to England from Iran at the age of 6 after her family was forced to flee from their native country. Her father had written a satirical poem that criticized the revolution, after which her father received persistent death threats.
  2. Such was vitriol directed against her family and father that they used to receive death threats on phone after having moved to England. He was even the target of assassination attempts.
  3. In her teens, she had to battle bulimia, which is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating that is often followed by purging.
  4. She spent most of her growing up days looking for a terrorist in shopping centers that would kill her father. She was particularly paranoid about bombs under the cars.
  5. Shappi once bought a walk-on part in West End production of the iconic play, Les Misérables at a charity auction.
  6. She is dyslexic but it was never detected, so her struggles with studies were blamed on her being lazy.
  7. She had to undertake neuro-linguistic psychotherapy (NLP) because she had developed the habit of breaking down whenever she felt flustered.
  8. Before she became a successful comedian, she worked as a n*de life model for a brief period of time.
  9. She is an active member of the Arts Emergency Service, which is a British charity organization that works to promote education in the teenagers from diverse backgrounds.
  10. She is a huge supporter of the Labour Party and even traveled all across the UK to garner support for party leader Jeremy Corbyn as he sought to become Prime Minister.
  11. In January 2016, she was made the president of the British Humanist Association (currently known as Humanists UK), which is a non-profit organization that promotes discussion on human rights and secularism.
  12. In 2010, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by her alma mater, University of Winchester.
  13. She has published her autobiographical book, A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English, in which she discussed her experiences of growing up in Britain.
  14. In 2016, she published her first novel, Nina is Not OK, which had an 18-year-old protagonist, who is a lesbian and struggles with alcohol addiction.
  15. In 2016, she was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Featured Image by Henry Cooksey / Flickr / CC BY-2.0

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