Maya Jama lands first acting role after ‘falling into’ TV presenting

Lizzie Edmonds
Dave Benett

Maya Jama is gearing up for her debut acting role — her dream job before she “fell into” presenting.

The TV host and Radio 1 DJ said she wanted to focus all her energy on preparing for the part.

She told Insider: “I have got my first acting role. It is a secret. I can’t say what it is but I will be somewhere hot filming.

“I want to be focused. I am looking forward to dedicating myself to one thing. I usually do five jobs in a week.”

Innovative: Jama will wear an augmented reality dress to the Baftas (EE)

The 25-year-old Londoner added: “Before I was a presenter I wanted to act. I kind of fell into presenting. It felt easier.

"It felt like I didn’t have to pretend to be someone else. I think now because I am so used to being Maya on screen, I think I will find it more challenging being someone else.

"I think I was probably a better actress in school. But I am going to give it my best.”

Jama is hosting the red carpet of the EE Bafta awards at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday.

She will be wearing the world’s first 5G-powered augmented reality dress, left, created by Richard Malone, which will come to life when viewed through Samsung Galaxy 5G smartphones or on EE’s live stream.

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