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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), Doctor Strange (2016) and The Kumars at No. 42 (2001). She has been married to Sanjeev Bhaskar since January 21, 2005. They have one child. She was previously married to Chandra Shekhar ... See full bio »

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Known For

Beautiful Thing
Beautiful Thing Miss Chauhan
(1996)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange Dr. Patel
(2016)
The Kumars at No. 42
The Kumars at No. 42 Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
(2001-2006)
Scoop
Scoop Joe's Co-Passengers
(2006)

Filmography

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 2016 Doctor Strange
Dr. Patel
 2016 The Musketeers (TV Series)
Theresa
- Fool's Gold (2016) ... Theresa
 2016 Alice Through the Looking Glass
Nobody (voice)
 2016 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Clara Myerscough
- Harvest of Souls (2016) ... Clara Myerscough
 2015 New Tricks (TV Series)
Baroness Samira Khan [Barroness Steiner in Credits]
- The Crazy Gang (2015) ... Baroness Samira Khan [Barroness Steiner in Credits]
 2015 The Brink (TV Series)
Naeema
- Baghdad My Ass (2015) ... Naeema
- Half-Cocked (2015) ... Naeema
- Pilot (2015) ... Naeema
 2015 Amar Akbar & Tony
Honey
 2014 The Boy in the Dress (TV Movie)
Jaspreet
 2014 Psychobitches (TV Series)
Hera
- Episode #2.6 (2014) ... Hera
 2014 The Job Lot (TV Series)
Jamina McNulty
- Episode #2.2 (2014) ... Jamina McNulty
 1998-2014 Goodness Gracious Me (TV Series)
Various / Various Roles
- Reunion Special (2014) ... Various
- Episode #3.6 (2000) ... Various
- Episode #3.5 (2000) ... Various
- Episode #3.4 (2000) ... Various
- Episode #3.3 (2000) ... Various
 2014 Silk (TV Series)
Aisha Wiseman
- Episode #3.3 (2014) ... Aisha Wiseman
 2014/V Playback (Short)
Mala Mistry
 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 (TV Mini-Series)
Head Teacher / Headteacher
- Episode #2.5 (2011) ... Head Teacher
- Episode #2.1 (2011) ... Headteacher
 2011 Tinga Tinga Tales (TV Series)
Owl
- Why Flamingo Stands on One Leg (2011) ... Owl (voice)
- Why Zebra Has Stripes (2011) ... Owl (voice)
- Why Jackal Howls at the Moon (2011) ... Owl (voice)
- Why Crocodile Has a Bumpy Back (2011) ... Owl (voice)
- Why Elephant Has a Trunk (2011) ... Owl (voice)
 2009 Desert Flower
Pushpa Patel
 2009 Phineas and Ferb (TV Series)
- Hide and Seek/That Sinking Feeling (2009) ... (voice)
 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-Passengers
 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 The All Star Comedy Show (TV Movie)
Various Roles
 2002 Anita & 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
 2000 Single Voices (TV Series)
Kamla
- Watching the Detective (2000) ... Kamla
 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 Drop the Dead Donkey (TV Series)
Barmaid
- Sex 'n Death (1996) ... Barmaid
 1992-1996 Screen Two (TV Series)
Reporter / Ranting woman / Farah Khan
- Crossing the Floor (1996) ... Reporter
- O Mary This London (1994) ... Ranting woman
- My Sister-Wife (1992) ... Farah Khan
 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
 1991-1995 The Real McCoy (TV Series)
Various Roles
- Episode #5.1 (1995)
- Episode #4.3 (1994)
- Episode #4.2 (1994)
- Episode #4.1 (1994)
- Episode #3.3 (1993)
 1994 A Nice Arrangement (Short)
Sita
 1994 Siren Spirits (TV Mini-Series)
Unumma
- Memsahib Rita (1994) ... Unumma
 1994 Absolutely Fabulous (TV Series)
Suzy
- New Best Friend (1994) ... Suzy
 1993 It's Your Choice: Selection Skills for Managers (Video short)
Interviewee #1
 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
 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
 1988 Then He Kissed Me (Short)
 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 #1.5 (1985) ... Mrs. Singh (as Feroza Syal)
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Mrs. Singh (as Feroza Syal)
 1983 Majdhar
Rehana
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Other Works:

Her 1996 novel "Anita and Me" is published in the US by New Press, New York 1997. ISBN 156584372X 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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Personal Quote:

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 novel "Anita and Me" is on the GCSE English syllabus of some secondary schools the UK. See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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