Iman Vellani is a Canadian actress of Pakistani origin.She is known for her only screen role to date: portraying Kamala Khan, the protagonist of the Disney+ miniseries Ms. Marvel (2022).Vellani is set to reprise the role in the film The Marvels (2023).
Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Vellani moved to Canada when she was a year old, and graduated from Unionville High School in Markham, Ontario. She is "from the Ismaili faith". Vellani was selected as a member of the TIFF Next Wave Committee at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Before being cast in Ms. Marvel at the end of her last year of high school, Vellani had planned to attend the Ontario College of Art & Design University with a focus on integrated media.
In September 2020, Vellani was cast as the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero Kamala Khan for Marvel Studios and Disney+'s streaming television miniseries Ms. Marvel. Kamala Khan co-creator Sana Amanat, who served as an executive producer on the series, said Vellani revealed in her Zoom audition that she, like Khan, is an Avengers fangirl. Amanat said, "She showed me every corner of her room, and it was covered with Avengers. Then she said, 'Oh, wait; I'm not done', opened up her closet, and there was more Marvel everywhere".
In June 2022, Vellani appeared in A Fan's Guide to Ms. Marvel, a documentary short about the production of the series. Featuring interviews with the filmmaking team and her, it was released on Disney+ before the premiere of Ms. Marvel. On 8 June 2022, Ms. Marvel premiered on Disney+, marking Vellani's onscreen debut. Both the series and her portrayal of the title character received widespread praise. Kathryn Porter of Paste wrote that Vellani "shines" in the role and that there was "no way to explain how great she is in this other than to say that she embodies the true spirit of Kamala Khan". Mohammad Zaheer of BBC Culture called her "an adorable bundle of charisma" in a role "tailor-made for her", with Angie Han of The Hollywood Reporter adding that Vellani's full of "youthful verve and irresistible moxie" in her role.
Vellani is to reprise her role as Khan in the 2023 film The Marvels, a sequel to the 2019 film Captain Marvel, which is also intended to serve as a continuation of Ms. Marvel.
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