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Meera Syal


Meera Syal was born on June 27, 1961 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England as Feroza Syal. She is an actress and writer, known for Beautiful Thing (1996), The Kumars at No. 42 (2001) and Scoop (2006). She has been married to Sanjeev Bhaskar since January 21, 2005. They have one child. She was previously married to Chandra Shekhar Bhatia. See full bio »
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 2014 The Brink (TV Series) (post-production)
Naeema
 2014 Amar Akbar & Tony (completed)
Honey
 2014 The Job Lot (TV Series)
Jamina McNulty
- Episode #2.2 (2014) ... Jamina McNulty
 2014 Silk (TV Series)
Aisha Wiseman
- Episode #3.3 (2014) ... Aisha Wiseman
 2013 Bollywood Carmen (TV Movie)
Lily P
 2013 Family Tree (TV Series)
Chitra ('There Goes the Neighborhood') / Chitra ('There Goes the Neighbourhood')
- The Austerity Games (2013) ... Chitra ('There Goes the Neighborhood')
- The Box (2013) ... Chitra ('There Goes the Neighbourhood')
 2013 Love Matters (TV Series)
Kuldip
- A Nice Arrangement (2013) ... Kuldip
 2012 Hunted (TV Series)
Fatima Zahir
- Polyhedrus (2012) ... Fatima Zahir
- Ambassadors (2012) ... Fatima Zahir
 2012 All in Good Time
Lopa
 2011 The Jury II (TV Series)
Head Teacher / Headteacher
- Episode #1.5 (2011) ... Head Teacher
- Episode #1.1 (2011) ... Headteacher
 2010 Tinga Tinga Tales (TV Series)
Owl
- Why Zebra Has Stripes ... Owl (voice)
- Why Warthog Is So Ugly ... Owl (voice)
- Why Spider Has a Tiny Waist ... Owl (voice)
- Why Snake Has No Legs ... Owl (voice)
 2009 Desert Flower
Pushpa Patel
 2009 Horrible Histories (TV Series)
Storyteller
- Episode #1.12 (2009) ... Storyteller
- Episode #1.11 (2009) ... Storyteller
- Episode #1.10 (2009) ... Storyteller
- Episode #1.9 (2009) ... Storyteller
- Episode #1.7 (2009) ... Storyteller
 2009 Mad Sad & Bad
Rashmi
 2009 Grandpa in My Pocket (TV Series)
Mrs. Pointy Pencil
- Magic in the Air (2009) ... Mrs. Pointy Pencil
 2009 Minder (TV Series)
Jess Robinson
 2008 Uncle Max (TV Series)
Snooty Neighbour
- Uncle Max Builds a Shed (2008) ... Snooty Neighbour
 2007 Jekyll (TV Mini-Series)
Miranda
- Hyde (2007) ... Miranda
- Episode #1.5 (2007) ... Miranda
- Episode #1.4 (2007) ... Miranda
- Episode #1.3 (2007) ... Miranda
- Episode #1.2 (2007) ... Miranda
 2007 Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
Satvinder's mother
 2007 Kingdom (TV Series)
Headteacher
- Episode #1.4 (2007) ... Headteacher
 2006 Scoop
Joe's Co-Passenger
 2006 The Children's Party at the Palace (TV Special)
Mary (The BFG)
 2005 The Secretary Who Stole £4 Million (TV Movie)
Joyti De-Laurey
 2005 Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee (TV Series)
Sunita
- Episode #1.3 (2005) ... Sunita
- Episode #1.2 (2005) ... Sunita
- Episode #1.1 (2005) ... Sunita
 2004 Bad Girls (TV Series)
Janan Hamad
- Episode #6.4 (2004) ... Janan Hamad
 2004 Monkey Trousers (TV Movie)
Various Roles
 2002 Anita and Me
Auntie Shaila
 2002 Linda Green (TV Series)
Sukie
- New England (2002) ... Sukie
 2002 All About Me (TV Series)
Rupinder
- Episode #1.6 (2002) ... Rupinder
- Episode #1.5 (2002) ... Rupinder
- Episode #1.4 (2002) ... Rupinder
- Episode #1.3 (2002) ... Rupinder
- Episode #1.2 (2002) ... Rupinder
 2001 Bedtime (TV Series)
Ruby
- Episode #1.6 (2001) ... Ruby
- Episode #1.5 (2001) ... Ruby
- Episode #1.4 (2001) ... Ruby
- Episode #1.3 (2001) ... Ruby
- Episode #1.2 (2001) ... Ruby
 2001 In Deep (TV Series)
Marta Drusic
- Ghost Squad: Part 2 (2001) ... Marta Drusic
- Ghost Squad: Part 1 (2001) ... Marta Drusic
- Romeo Trap: Part 2 (2001) ... Marta Drusic
- Romeo Trap: Part 1 (2001) ... Marta Drusic
- Blue on Blue: Part 2 (2001) ... Marta Drusic
 2000 Aladdin (TV Movie)
High Priestess
 2000 Fat Friends (TV Series)
Aysha Kapoor
- When the Fat Lady Sings (2000) ... Aysha Kapoor
- Growing Pains (2000) ... Aysha Kapoor
- Fat Free (2000) ... Aysha Kapoor
- Fat Chance (2000) ... Aysha Kapoor
 1998-2000 Goodness Gracious Me (TV Series)
Various / Various Roles
- Episode #3.6 (2000) ... Various
- Episode #3.5 (2000) ... Various
- Episode #3.4 (2000) ... Various
- Episode #3.3 (2000) ... Various
- Episode #3.2 (2000) ... Various
 2000 The Strangerers (TV Series)
Volunteer
- Angels (2000) ... Volunteer
 2000 The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (TV Series)
Madam Marlene
- The Rising of the Moon (2000) ... Madam Marlene
 2000 Forgive and Forget (TV Movie)
Judith Adams
 1997-1998 Keeping Mum (TV Series)
Tina Beare
- The Thief (1998) ... Tina Beare
- The Aunt (1998) ... Tina Beare
- The Budgie (1998) ... Tina Beare
- The Card Game (1998) ... Tina Beare
- The Picnic (1998) ... Tina Beare
 1998 Girls' Night
Carmen
 1997 Sixth Happiness
Breathing Generator
 1997 Holding On (TV Mini-Series)
Zita
- Episode #1.1 (1997) ... Zita
 1996 Crossing the Floor (TV Movie)
Reporter
 1996 Drop the Dead Donkey (TV Series)
Barmaid
- Sex 'n Death (1996) ... Barmaid
 1995 Flight (TV Movie)
Tasleema
 1995 It's Not Unusual (Short)
 1995 Soldier Soldier (TV Series)
Sangita Sharma
- Stick Together (1995) ... Sangita Sharma
- Love and War (1995) ... Sangita Sharma
- The Army Game (1995) ... Sangita Sharma
 1984-1995 The Bill (TV Series)
Miss Choudry / Linda / Solicitor / ...
- Some You Lose (1995) ... Miss Choudry
- Knowing the Score (1995) ... Miss Choudry
- Reputations (1991) ... Linda
- Machines (1991) ... Solicitor
- A Friend in Need (1984) ... Woman in Street (as Feroza Syal)
 1995 Degrees of Error (TV Series)
Dr. Jean Lowell
- Episode #1.3 (1995) ... Dr. Jean Lowell
- Episode #1.2 (1995) ... Dr. Jean Lowell
 1995 Jack and Jeremy's Police 4 (TV Movie)
Various
 1995 Band of Gold (TV Series)
Anne Denver
 1994 A Nice Arrangement (Short)
Sita
 1994 Siren Spirits (TV Mini-Series)
Unumma
- Memsahib Rita (1994) ... Unumma
 1992-1994 Screen Two (TV Series)
Ranting woman / Farah Khan
- O Mary This London (1994) ... Ranting woman
- My Sister-Wife (1992) ... Farah Khan
 1994 Absolutely Fabulous (TV Series)
Suzy
- New Best Friend (1994) ... Suzy
 1992 Gummed Labels (TV Movie)
Mira (Erratic Dramatic)
 1991-1992 Kinsey (TV Series)
Val
- Conflicts of Interest (1992) ... Val
- The Waste Watchers (1992) ... Val
- Drop Shot (1992) ... Val
- Heads and Tails (1992) ... Val
- Comebacks (1992) ... Val
 1992 Taggart (TV Series)
Sharon Lal
- Double Exposure (1992) ... Sharon Lal
 1991 The Real McCoy (TV Series)
Various Roles
- Episode #1.5 (1991) ... Various Roles
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Various Roles
 1990 Boon (TV Series)
Council Supervisor
- Trouble in the Fields (1990) ... Council Supervisor
 1988 Ruth Rendell Mysteries (TV Series)
Matron
- No Crying He Makes (1988) ... Matron
 1987 Bureaucracy of Love (TV Movie)
Devi Kumar
 1987 A Little Princess (TV Mini-Series)
Anna
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Anna
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Anna
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Anna
 1986 To Have and to Hold (TV Mini-Series)
Janine
- Episode #1.5 (1986) ... Janine (as Feroza Syal)
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Janine (as Feroza Syal)
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Janine (as Feroza Syal)
 1985 Black Silk (TV Series)
- Undesirable Activities (1985) ... (as Feroza Syal)
 1985 The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (TV Series)
Mrs. Singh
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Mrs. Singh
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Mrs. Singh
 1983 Majdhar
Rehana
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Show Show Self (83 credits)
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Other Works:

Wrote and appeared in "The Oppresed Minorities Big Fun Show" - Edinburgh Festival/ Shaw Theatre, London (1992). See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Interviews | 5 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Gareth Gates + The Kumars | Feroza Syal
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I'm a character actress. It used to be seen as a derogatory term but I've never been the pretty lead, which is a short career anyway. I'd rather play interesting women than window dressing. See more »

Trivia:

Her parents moved to England from New Delhi before she was born; they eloped in order to be together as one was Sikh and the other Hindu. See more »

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Cancer

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