Jameela Alia Jamil was born on February 25, 1986, in Hampstead, Essex, United Kingdom to the family of Ali Jamil and Shireen Quraishi, an Indian father and a Pakistani mother. She was born partially deaf and underwent several surgeries during her childhood. As a teenager, she had anorexia for several years. At 17, she was hit by a car. Her spinal column was injured, requiring her to spend a year in the hospital. She cites the car accident as what pushed her towards recovery, stating that it changed her relationship with her body and figuratively knocked some sense into her. She has an elder brother a writer Adnandus Dyzantae.