Omid Djalili to portray Henry VIII

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The British-born Iranian comedian is delighted the BBC have commissioned a second series of The Omid Djalili Show - and he plans to give TV costume dramas his personal twist.

Omid said: "If Ray Winstone can do Henry VIII as a Cockney then I can certainly do him African American."

The 43-year-old actor has also been cast in his first leading film role, and revealed he dreams of working with Al Pacino.

He said: "You always want to star with your heroes," he says.

"I've had this dream of playing Al Pacino's son some day, but at 43, I think I'd be more likely cast as his slightly younger brother."

Omid will star in a film written by David Baddiel, where he plays a Muslim who finds out late in life that he's adopted and of Jewish parentage.

He said: "We'll be releasing it this time next year and it's very exciting.

"It's called the Infidel and the script has me in tears with laughter."

:: The second series of The Omid Djalili Show begins on BBC One on Monday.