Meera Syal 
CBE

About

A much loved stage television and film actress, Meera first came to the public eye for her performances in such series as Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at 42. Other credits include appearances in the series Dr Who and Broadchurch. The recipient of numerous awards, Meera is also a popular author accomplished journalist and committed charity supporter. In great demand as an after-dinner speaker and awards host, Meera provides a unique and witty insight into women’s and cultural events.

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Meera Syal is an actress, author and journalist much-loved for her brilliantly funny performances in television programmes such as the iconic and multi award-winning Goodness Gracious Me (which she also co-wrote) and Emmy Award-winning The Kumars at No.42 in which she played naughty Granny, Ummi Kumar and which earned her a BAFTA nomination for Best Comedy Performance.

Raised in Wolverhampton, her childhood experiences growing up in a small Black Country mining community, as literally “The Only Asians In The Village”, provided the background to her first novel Anita and Me. The novel was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and won a Betty Trask Award. Meera adapted the screenplay for the BBC film that followed. The novel is now also a recommended text on the school curriculum. 

Meera completed her education at Manchester University reading English and Drama, gaining a rare Double First.

Other screen writing credits include; Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee, about the loves, lives and infidelities of three East London Asian women and which she adapted into a RIMA winning BBC series playing one of the lead roles. 

Her critically acclaimed third novel, The House Of Hidden Mothers was published in June 2015 with the premise of being developed into a three part television series.

Meera’s acting career has also continued to flourish across stage and screen with other credits including; Broadchurch, Doctor Who Absolutely Anything, The Brink, Dr Strange, Paddington 2 and The Split. 

Her work on stage has seen Meera perform in leading roles at The National Theatre, The Old Vic, the Royal Court and the RSC in Stratford.

She also played Shirley in Willy Russell’s iconic Shirley Valentine in the West End for which she won the WhatsOnStage Solo Performance award. 

Among numerous other awards, she is the recipient of the Women In Film and Television’s Creative Achievement Award (2008) and was awarded a CBE for Services To Drama and Literature in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List.

Meera is a popular after-dinner speaker and awards host who can provide unique and witty insight into women’s and cultural events.

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