Dairy of a Badman star and internet sensation Humza Arshad is to star in a brand new comedy short on Sky TV in the run-up to Christmas.

He features in 'Christmas Jumpers' alongside online comedy star Mo Gilligan. 

Christmas Jumpers revolves around a love triangle that hinges on creating the best Christmas jumper, bringing together a cast that also includes Emily Atack (The InBetweeners) and Martin Trenaman (Phoneshop). 

Humza has spent the year travelling around the world in his ambassador role for YouTube to combat hate speech, Islamaphobia and xenophobia, with recent travels taking him to Hong Kong, Istanbul, Rio and New York where he spoke at the UN alongside Queen Rania of Jordan and Whoopi Goldberg. 

Humza also saw the release of his debut scripted series Coconut for BBC Three as he played Ahmed Armstrong, a self-styled leading 'Gentleman Documentarian'. 

Humza said,  "This is such a proud moment for me in my journey as the star of my very own show which I have co-written. 
"To have such an amazing cast on my writing debut for Sky is truly humbling. 

"We had so much fun on set and I'm really pleased with how my chemistry with Mo came out on screen. I can't wait for my fans to see me in something different...but they'll still get some of the tongue in cheek humour they've known me for!”

The film is produced by Big Deal Films. 

Dhanny Joshi, Managing Director of Big Deal Films said, “Christmas Jumpers wraps up a great year for Big Deal Films. 

"This is our second scripted commission for a mainstream broadcaster and we're grateful to Sky for taking a chance on the underdog. 

"We are very happy with the performances of some incredible actors in this episode and hopefully the audience will be too. 

"We’ve continued to push diverse talent both on screen with Humza and Mo and behind the scenes with it being directed by Mustapha Kseibati and DOP’d by Kelvin Richard who both worked on the Bafta and Broadcast nominated Apple Tree House and of course myself and partner Thomas Stogdon here at Big Deal Films who executive produced.”

Christmas Jumpers will air on Sky Arts (Sky 122) on Thursday 21 December at 10pm and is available to watch now on Sky Demand.