Over the past decade, actress, comedienne, novelist and playwright, Meera Syal has become one of the most talented, exciting and experimental women in the media. Her award winning novels Anita & Me and Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee are loved by both critics and the public alike. Her hysterical but accurate portrayal of the Asian community in television shows such as Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at Number 42 have enthralled audiences of all ethnic backgrounds.
To date, she is the recipient of several major awards, including a British Comedy Award, RTS Award, (both for Goodness Gracious Me), a BAFTA, (for the short film, It’s Not Unusual) and a MBE for her services to The Arts in a career that spans acting, comedy, novel and screenwriting and journalism. In 2001 she was awarded both the RIMA Media Personality of the year and the Asian Women of Achievement Chairman’s Award.
She was BAFTA nominated for her portrayal of Ummi in The Kumars At Number 42. Some of her writing credits include: Bollywood Dreams, Anita & Me and Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee.
She has most recently starred in The Kumars, and will be seen soon in Terry Jones’ film Absolutely Anything.
|2003 Jury Member|