Meera Syal CBE
Comedian, Actress, Writer, Producer
Acclaimed West Midlands born actress and writer Meera Syal CBE is arguably best known for her comedy creations in the long running BBC series Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at No. 42, which was awarded an international Emmy and for which Meera was nominated a BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance.
Meera’s prolific work in TV includes roles in BAFTA-award winning ITV crime drama Broadchurch, TV movie The Boy in The Dress as well as BBC’s Doctor Who. On the big screen, Meera has starred in family favourite Paddington 2, Walt Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass and Horrible Histories: The Movie, due for release in 2019.
On stage, Meera has taken the roles of Miss Hannigan in Annie in London’s West End, and The Nurse in Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo & Juliet at the National Theatre. In 2011, Meera won Best Solo Performance at the What’s On Stage awards for her role of Shirley Valentine in Willy Russell’s one-woman show at the at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Meera has written several novels including Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee, narrating the adventures of three young Asian women in Britain, and the semi-autobiographical Anita & Me, which won a Betty Trask Award, and was later adapted into a 2002 film which Meera also starred in.
In 2015, Meera was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to drama and literature and, in 2017, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Meera can currently be seen in cinemas in Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and later this month, Nativity Rocks!