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date: 02 July 2020

Syal, Meera free

CBE 2015 (MBE 1998); FRSL

Born 27 June 1964; d of Surendra Kumar Syal and Surrinder Syal; m 2005, Sanjeev Bhaskar, qv; one s; one d from previous marriage

actress and writer


Manchester Univ. (BA Hons English and Drama, double 1st)


Various regular appearances on national television and theatre, 1992–; actress: television: Goodness Gracious Me, 1998–2001; The Kumars at No. 42, 2001–06, The Kumars, 2014; All About Me, 2002; Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee (also co-writer), 2005; Murder Investigation Team, 2005; Broadchurch, 2015; The Split, 2018; theatre: Rafta, Rafta, Nat. Th., 2007; Shirley Valentine, Trafalgar Studios, 2010; The Killing of Sister George, Arts Th., 2011; Much Ado About Nothing, Courtyard Th., Stratford, 2012, transf. Noël Coward Th., 2012; If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep, Royal Court, 2013; Behind the Beautiful Forevers, NT, 2014; Romeo and Juliet, Garrick, 2016; a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun), Royal Court, 2017; Annie, Piccadilly Th., 2017; Pinter Three, Harold Pinter Th., 2018; Peter Pan, Birmingham Hippodrome, 2018; Noises Off, Lyric Hammersmith, 2019; film: Dr Strange, 2016; The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, 2018; Yesterday, 2019; writer: My Sister Wife (film), 1992; Bhaji on the Beach (film), 1993; Anita and Me (film), 2002; co-writer, Bombay Dreams (musical), Apollo, 2002, transf. Broadway Th., NY, 2004. Cameron Mackintosh Vis. Prof. of Contemporary Th., Oxford Univ., 2011–. Hon. PhD: Wolverhampton, 2000; Leeds, 2002; Birmingham, 2003. FRSL 2016


novels: Anita and Me, 1997; Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee, 1999; The House of Hidden Mothers, 2015


netball, jazz singer


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