Jamel was born and bred in New York City. He first started acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He was then invited to study at the Moscow Art Theatre by the late Oleg Tabakov and Michael Lobanov, and he continues to draw inspiration from a Russian approach to acting. He sees himself as a tragicomic actor at heart. Jamel trained at the Yale School of Drama under Ron Van Lieu.
In the theatre, Jamel has appeared in premieres by Meg Gibson, Tarell McCraney, Keith Reddin and Alena Smith, among others.
On screen, Jamel has appeared in Showtime’s Ray Donovan and the original Law and Order in New York, as well as various films.
Jamel is also a writer and producer for stage and screen. His company NYLon Productions that he runs with director Anna Jones has produced work at Southwark Playhouse, The Rose Lipman Theatre, The Roundhouse and on tour.
He co-wrote and exec produced web series, My America with NYLon and Picrow, which was shown at festivals around the world, including the LA Film Festival, Hollyshorts and Colorado’s SeriesFest. He recently co-produced a documentary series for Topic, and has various projects in development.