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Maya Indea Jama (/ˈdʒɑːmə/ JAH-mə; born 14 Eminent 1994) is a British tv moderator and radio DJ. She co-presented BBC One’s Diminish Hunker: Spare Our Summer nearby Diminish Squat and Alex Horne and was the moderator of the BBC Three competition Gleam Up: Britain’s Following Make-Up Star for the third and fourth arrangement and ITV2’s dating arrangement Adore Island.

Jama co-presented Trending Live! on 4Music from 2015 until 2017, Cannonball on ITV in 2017, the MTV appear Genuine Adore or Genuine Lies in 2018, and the to begin with arrangement of The Circle with Alice Levine on Channel 4. In radio, Jama facilitated #DriveWithMaya on Flush FM from 2014 to 2017, and co-presented Radio 1’s Most prominent Hits and displayed her eponymous appear, Maya Jama on BBC Radio 1 from 2018 to 2020. In 2023, Jama took over as the have of the ITV2 dating reality arrangement Cherish Island.

Early Life

Jama was born and raised in Bristol, where she gone to Cotham School.[1] She is of Somali plummet on her father’s side and Swedish and Scottish plunge on her mother’s side.[2] Her mother, Sadie, was 19 when she gave birth to Jama, and she named her after the US creator and artist Maya Angelou. She too has a brother.[3]

Jama‘s father was in jail for most of her childhood, for violence-related violations such as bar brawls and battles. Matured 12, she chosen to halt going to her father in jail and for a decade blocked him from her thoughts.[3] She said in a 2017 meet with The Gatekeeper that she did not truly take note it being a issue: “It was typical for me. My dad’s side of my family was super-supportive and they did everything in their control to make me and my brother not feel like we were lost out on anything”.[4] Whereas working on the narrative When Fathers Murder in 2017, which managed with youthful people’s encounters comparative to her claim childhood, she yielded and inspected her relationship with her possess father, by at that point discharged from jail, assembly with him in an endeavor to inspire answers straightforwardly from him; “nothing he said, and nothing his family told her, gave her any genuine bits of knowledge” into why he had finished up in prison.[3]

Jama remains near to her mother and once in a while the two show up on conversation appears together and go to private celebrity events.[5]




In 2012, Jama moved to London to seek after a media career, to begin with as an performing artist, at that point as a TV moderator and design show. Acting had been Jama‘s to begin with aspiration, but figured it out that getting to be a moderator might suit her superior. Her early part models included Davina McCall and June Sarpong.[4] Jama started her displaying make a big appearance as a young person, displaying the week after week music video commencement on JumpOff.TV, and afterward worked for Sky UK on Follow Sports.[6]

In 2014, she facilitated Maya’s FIFA World Container Cities for Copa90, a travelog covering the 2014 FIFA World Container in Brazil.[7] She too co-hosted the Copa90 nine-part World Container Taxi arrangement committed to the event.[8][9] In Eminent 2014, Jama joined MTV as a moderator for The Wrap Up.[10]

In February 2017, she worked closely with Brit Grants, facilitating their 2017 Pre-Brit Grants Party and facilitating a Facebook live stream from the ruddy carpet. In September 2017, she co-presented the Saturday night amusement appear Cannonball on ITV with Andrew Flintoff, Frankie Bridge, Radzi Chinyanganya and Ryan Hand.[11] In September 2017 and February 2018, Jama was a visitor specialist on ITV’s Free Women.[12] In November 2017, she got to be the most youthful individual (at that point 23) to co-host the MOBO Grants on Channel 5 with individual moderator Marvin Humes.[13]

In September 2018, Jama co-presented the to begin with arrangement of The Circle on Channel 4 with Alice Levine. In October 2018, she co-presented Stand Up to Cancer with long-standers Alan Carr and Adam Hills,[14] and got to be the group captain on ITV2 rap board appear Do not Abhor the Playaz displayed by Jordan Stephens. In 2019, she showed up on A Association of Their Possess Street Trip nearby performing artist and comedian Tom Davis. She showed up on Channel 4’s The Enormous Fat Test of the Year in 2019 and 2020.

In early June 2020, she displayed the Saturday evening BBC One TV program Dwindle Hunker: Spare Our Summer. Afterward that year she co-presented BBC One’s Unused Year’s Eve program The Huge Modern Year’s In. In January 2021, the BBC declared that Jama would be the unused moderator of Shine Up: Britain’s Another Make-Up Star, supplanting previous moderator Stacey Dooley, who displayed the to begin with two arrangement of the programme.[15] In February 2021, Jama showed up as a celebrity visitor judge amid the moment arrangement of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. In September 2021, it was reported that Jama would be thehave of Simon Cowell’s unused music competition gameshowWalk The Line.

In October 2022, it was declared that Jama would take over from Laura Whitmore as the moderator of ITV2 dating reality arrangement Adore Island.[16]

In Eminent 2023, Jama was declared as have for Cherish Island Diversions, a worldwide spin-off appear. [17]


Between 2014 and 2017, she facilitated #DriveWithMaya, a weekday appear on Wash FM.[18]

In 2018, she joined BBC Radio 1, showing Radio 1’s Most noteworthy Hits on Saturdays and co-presenting each Friday with Scott Plants and Chris Stark.[19] From 2018 to 2020, she displayed her claim appear, Maya Jama on Fridays and Saturdays on BBC Radio 1.[20]

On 15 May 2020, the BBC affirmed in a articulation that Jamahad cleared out Radio 1 after two a long time. It said she had made “the troublesome choice not to proceed her Radio 1 contract” and her last appear was as of now broadcast on 3 May 2020. In an Instagram post, Jama said she had “a parcel of energizing commitments” arranged for the future, which implied she seem not proceed with her broadcasting section at Radio 1. She included: “I would like to thank the group for their difficult work and fellowship amid the final two years.”[21]

Year Title Role Slot Station

2014–2017 #DriveWithMaya Presenter 4–7pm Weekdays Rinse FM

2018 Scott Mills Co-presenter 1–4pm Fridays BBC Radio 1

2018–2020 Radio 1’s Most prominent Hits Presenter 10–11am Fridays and Saturdays

Maya Jama 11am–1pm Fridays and Saturdays

Other work

In 2018, Jama facilitated When Life Gives You Melons, a podcast accessible to gushing stages in association with Freya. The podcast included Jama meeting all-female visitors almost work, life and connections. Visitors included Cherry Healey, Vick Trust, Anna Richardson, Vanessa White, Katie Flute player, Gemma Cairney and Laura Whitmore.

That same year, Jama got to be an envoy for Savera UK which works over the Joined together Kingdom to give administrations to people who have experienced or are at hazard of ‘Honour’ Based Manhandle (HBA) and Destructive Hones. In 2019, she given blood for an NHS campaign and was found to have the uncommon and in request Ro blood subtype.[22]

She too propelled a fruitful clothing collection with PrettyLittleThing in June 2018, taken after by a moment collection in February 2019.

She is an minister for Adidas, and showed up in the European JD Sports Christmas campaign, and is too an envoy for the Australian hair care brand Aussie. She too showed up in a worldwide Crevice campaign and in a Spring/Summer 2019 campaign for Kurt Geiger.

In December 2020, Jama propelled her claim confront and eye covers extend, MIJ Covers, with the to begin with discharge offering out inside 24 hours.[23]

In Walk 2024 Maya facilitated the BRIT Grants nearby Roman Kemp and Clara Amfo

Personal Life

Jama lives in West London. She is a sharp football fan and underpins both Bristol Meanderers and West Ham United.[24]

In 2018, a tweet that Jama made when she was 17 surfaced, which nitty gritty her snickering at a tweet that derided dark-skinned dark ladies. After being charged of colourism, she apologized, expressing that she was “an uninformed, imbecilic child” when the social media post was made in 2012.[25]

Between 2014 and 2019, Jama was in a relationship with British rapper Stormzy; their break-up propelled his 2019 tune “Lessons”.[26] In 2021, it was detailed Jama was dating NBA player Ben Simmons.[27] In Admirable 2022, the couple supposedly finished their engagement.[28] As of Eminent 2023, Jama has rejoined with Stormzy, having been shot holding hands in Greece and on a date night out in London in October 2023.[29][30]


Year Title Role Notes

2014 Maya’s FIFA World Container Cities Presenter

2015–2017 Trending Live! Regular presenter

2016 The Hot Desk 1 episode

2017–2018 Loose Women Panelist

2017 Cannonball Co-presenter 1 series

2017 The Weakest Connect Celebrity Special Contestant Raising cash for Children in Need[31]

2017 MOBO Awards Co-host Awards ceremony

2018 True Cherish or Genuine Lies Presenter 1 series

2018 Revolution Co-presenter 1 arrangement [32]

2018 The Circle 1 series

2018 Stand Up to Cancer Biennial useful charity show

2018–present Don’t Despise the Playaz Team Captain 3 series

2018–2019 BBC Radio 1 Youngster Awards Co-presenter Annually

2019 The Huge Narstie Show Guest Season 2, Scene 5

2019 The Jonathan Ross Show Guest Series 15, Scene 6[33]

2019 Big Fat Test of the Year 2019 Team Member 26 December 2019[34]

2020 Sport Relief

2020 EE BAFTA Presenter

2020 Peter Squat: Spare Our Summer Co-host 1 series

2020 The Duchess Sandra Acting role

2020–present Soccer Aid Pundit [35]

2020 MOBO Awards Co-host Awards ceremony

2020 Sunday Brunch Guest 1 episode[36]

2020 The Jonathan Ross Show Guest Series 16, Scene 10[37]

2020 Big Fat Test of the Year 2020 Team member 26 December 2020[38]

2020 The Huge Unused Year’s In Co-presenter 31 December 2020[39]

2021 RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Guest Judge BBC Three; Arrangement 2[40]

2021 Celebrity Juice Panellist Series 25 only[41]

2021 Big Zuu‘s Huge Eats Guest Spring 2021[42]

2021–2022 Glow Up: Britain’s Following Make-Up Star Presenter Series 3 & 4

2021 Redknapp‘s Huge Night Out Guest 22 April 2021[43]

2021 Crouchy‘s Year-Late Euros: Live Co-presenter June 2021; 10-part series[44]

2021 Celebrity Gogglebox Herself Series 3, Scene 9 (Dark To Front Special)

2021 Foxy’s Intrepid 48 Hours With… Herself Episode 2[45]

2021 Stand Up To Cancer 2021 Co-presenter 15 October 2021[46]

2021 Walk The Line Presenter

2021–present The Brits Are Coming Co-presenter

2023–present Love Island Presenter Series 9-present

2023 Love Island Games Presenter Global All-Stars Turn Off

2024 Love Island: All-Stars Presenter Spin Off

2024 The BRIT Awards Host (with Roman Kemp and Clara Amfo.)

2024 Comic Relief Co-presenter


In November 2019, she won the People’s Choice Grant for best dressed star.[47] Jama afterward opened and facilitated the 2020 EE BAFTA ruddy carpet in a 5G fueled AR dress.


Cork, Tristan (24 February 2018). “Maya Jama on her CothamSchool yearbook as instructors say she was predetermined for fame”. BristolLive. Recovered 26 Walk 2021.

Burne, Louise (12 April 2020). “All Circular to Mrs Brown’s watchers ALL said the same thing almost Maya Jama‘s mum”. Recovered 26 Walk 2021.

Moorhead, Joanna (16 September 2017). “Maya Jama: What made my father a ‘bad’ man?”. The Gatekeeper. Recovered 26 Walk 2021.

Saner, Emine (17 June 2020). “Maya Jama: ‘I shouldn’t be where I am now'”. The Gatekeeper. Recovered 26 Walk 2021.

McKnight, Jenni (7 Admirable 2020). “Maya Jama‘s mum breaks the web with shake difficult abs in modest two-piece”. Hi!. Recovered 26 Walk 2021.

Edmonds, Lizzie (5 Walk 2021). “Maya Jama: I need to travel and discover myself once the widespread is over”. Evening Standard. Recovered 27 Walk 2021.

“Maya’s FIFA World Container Cities Files • Copa90”. Copa90. Documented from the unique on 6 October 2018. Recovered 21 September 2017.

“Copa90 Prepares FIFA World Container Programming Slate”. Video Ink. Recovered 21 September 2017.

“Hyundai offers trip to 2014 FIFA World Glass in Brazil”. Limited time Showcasing. Documented from the unique on 24 September 2015. Recovered 21 September 2017.

“Meet The Wrap Up’s Modern Moderator: Maya Jama“. MTV. Recovered 21 September 2017.

“Cannonball”. ITV. Recovered 1 October 2017.

“Free Ladies – 22/08/2017”. Radio Times. Recovered 1 October 2017.

Gamer, George (23 November 2017). “MOBO Grants 2017 uncover has and live entertainers”. Music Week. Recovered 26 November 2017.


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