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Meera Syal

(1963-), Writer and actress

Sitter in 3 portraits
Widely known through co-writing and appearing in the television series Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at No 42. Syal has appeared in the films Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987), Beautiful Thing (1996) and her screenplays include Bhaji on the Beach (1993). Her semi-autobiographical first novel Anita and Me (1996) was filmed in 2002, and she adapted her second novel, Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee (1999) for a three-part television series. Syal co-wrote Bombay Dreams (2002), the Andrew Lloyd Webber Bollywood-themed musical. In 2010 she appeared in the title role of Shirley Valentine on stage in London. Awarded an MBE (1997) and a CBE (2015). She is married to fellow actor and comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar.

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Meera Syal, by David Harrison - NPG x87582

Meera Syal

by David Harrison
bromide fibre print, 26 July 1997
NPG x87582

Meera Syal; Surendra Kumar Syal, by David Harrison - NPG x87583

Meera Syal; Surendra Kumar Syal

by David Harrison
bromide fibre print, 26 July 1997
NPG x87583

Meera Syal, by Jason Bell - NPG x126122

Meera Syal

by Jason Bell
C-type colour print, 1 March 2002
NPG x126122

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