Meera Syal was born in Wolverhampton in 1961. She holds a double first in English and Drama from the University of Manchester and is an actress with a number of television, theatre and film credits. This includes Beautiful Thing (1996), Absolutely Anything (2015), Doctor Strange (2016), Paddington 2 (2017), The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) and Yesterday (2019). Her first novel, Anita And Me, won the Betty Trask Award and is on the national schools curriculum. She has written two other critically acclaimed novels, Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee and The House Of Hidden Mothers. Syal also wrote the screenplays for the films Bhaji On The Beach, Anita And Me and My Sister Wife. She was the writer/performer in the multi-award-winning comedy series Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars At Number 42. Syal is the recipient of several national awards including two British Comedy Awards, two International EMMYS, the What's On Stage Award for Best Solo Performance for Shirley in Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine, two AFA awards for her screenplay and performance in My Sister Wife, two RIMA awards and the Women In Film And Television Award for Creative Innovation. In 2015, she was awarded the CBE for Services to Drama and Literature and in 2017 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Meera Syal is represented for TV and film by Sue Latimer at the ARG Talent Agency.
Books in order of publication:
Anita and Me (1996).
Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee (1999).
The House of Hidden Mothers (2015).