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Meera Syal was born on June 27, 1961 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England as Feroza Syal. She is an actress and writer, known for Yesterday (2019), Beautiful Thing (1996) and Absolutely Anything (2015). 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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Yesterday Sheila Malik
(2019)
Beautiful Thing Miss Chauhan
(1996)
(2015)
The Kumars at No. 42 Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
(2001-2006)

Filmography

Hide Hide Show Show Actress (127 credits)
  The Mud Hut (pre-production)
Councillor Isis
  Roar (TV Series) (filming)
  The Canterville Ghost (filming)
Lucretia Otis
 2022 The Devil's Hour (TV Series) (post-production)
- Episode #1.1 (2022)
 2018-2022 The Split (TV Series)
Goldie
- Episode #3.5 (2022) ... Goldie
- Episode #1.6 (2018) ... Goldie
- Episode #1.5 (2018) ... Goldie
- Episode #1.4 (2018) ... Goldie
- Episode #1.3 (2018) ... Goldie
 2022 The Wheel of Time (TV Series)
 2021 Samosa & Sons
Rai Bahadur
 2021 Code 404 (TV Series)
Elizabeth Churchland
- Episode #2.6 (2021) ... Elizabeth Churchland
- Episode #2.4 (2021) ... Elizabeth Churchland
- Episode #2.3 (2021) ... Elizabeth Churchland
- Episode #2.2 (2021) ... Elizabeth Churchland
 2021 Back to Life (TV Series)
Gaia
- Episode #2.6 (2021) ... Gaia
- Episode #2.3 (2021) ... Gaia
 2021 Spin (TV Movie)
Asha
 2020 Dragon Rider
Subisha Gulab (voice)
 2020 Comedians: Home Alone (TV Mini Series)
Reena
- Episode #1.4 (2020) ... Reena
 2020 Unprecedented: Real Time Theatre from a State of Isolation (TV Series)
Alice
- Episode #1.2 (2020) ... Alice
 2020 Kate & Koji (TV Series)
Dr. Ayesha Radwan
- Episode #1.2 (2020) ... Dr. Ayesha Radwan
 2019/III Yesterday
Sheila Malik
 2018 Nativity Rocks!
Nina
 2018/I Patrick the Pug
Head Teacher Phillips
 2018 To Provide All People (TV Movie)
District Nurse
 2018 The Homestay (Short)
Meera
 2018/I Relativity (Short)
Mysterious Woman
 2017 Paddington 2
Prosecutor
 2017 Brexit Shorts: Just a T-shirt (Short)
Priti
 2017 Riviera (TV Series)
Sonya Roche
- Le Don / The Gift (2017) ... Sonya Roche
 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]
 1998-2015 Goodness Gracious Me (TV Series)
Various / Various Roles
- India Special (2015) ... Various
- Reunion Special (2014) ... Various
- Episode #3.6 (2000) ... Various
- Episode #3.5 (2000) ... Various
- Episode #3.4 (2000) ... Various
 2015 The Brink (TV Series)
Naeema
- Swim, Shmuley, Swim (2015) ... Naeema
- I'll Never Be Batman (2015) ... Naeema
- Baghdad My Ass (2015) ... Naeema
- Half-Cocked (2015) ... Naeema
- Pilot (2015) ... Naeema
 2015 Amar Akbar & Tony
Honey
 2015 Broadchurch (TV Series)
Judge Sonia Sharma
- Episode #2.8 (2015) ... Judge Sonia Sharma
- Episode #2.7 (2015) ... Judge Sonia Sharma
- Episode #2.6 (2015) ... Judge Sonia Sharma
- Episode #2.5 (2015) ... Judge Sonia Sharma
- Episode #2.4 (2015) ... Judge Sonia Sharma
 2015 Absolutely Anything
Fiona
 2014 The Boy in the Dress (TV Movie)
Jaspreet
 2014 Psychobitches (TV Mini Series)
Hera
- Episode #2.6 (2014) ... Hera
 2014 The Job Lot (TV Series)
Jamina McNulty
- Episode #2.2 (2014) ... Jamina McNulty
 2014/V Playback (Short)
Mala Mistry
 2014 Silk (TV Series)
Aisha Wiseman
- Episode #3.3 (2014) ... Aisha Wiseman
 2014 The Kumars (TV Series)
Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
- Episode #1.6 (2014) ... Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
- Episode #1.5 (2014) ... Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
- Episode #1.4 (2014) ... Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
- Elizabeth McGovern/Harry Shearer/Kay Burley (2014) ... Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
- Episode #1.2 (2014) ... Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
 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 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)
 2010 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Nasreen Chaudhry
- Cold Blood (2010) ... Nasreen Chaudhry
- The Hungry Earth (2010) ... Nasreen Chaudhry
 2009-2010 Phineas and Ferb (TV Series short)
Louisa Patel / Additional Voices
- Hide and Seek/That Sinking Feeling (2009) ... Additional Voices (voice)
 2008-2009 Beautiful People (TV Series)
Aunty Hayley
- How I Got My Gash (2009) ... Aunty Hayley
- How I Got My Turner (2009) ... Aunty Hayley
- How I Got My Camp (2009) ... Aunty Hayley
- How I Got My Water Feature (2009) ... Aunty Hayley
- How I Got My Groom (2009) ... Aunty Hayley
 2009 Desert Flower
Pushpa Patel
 2009 Holby City (TV Series)
Tara Sodi
- The Blind Side (2009) ... Tara Sodi
- These Arms of Mine (2009) ... Tara Sodi
- My Girl (2009) ... Tara Sodi
- Future Perfect (2009) ... Tara Sodi
- A Glass Half Full (2009) ... Tara Sodi
 2003-2009 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
- In Vino Veritas (2009) ... 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 The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (TV Series)
Liz Shannon
- Episode #1.5 (2006) ... Liz Shannon
- Episode #1.4 (2006) ... Liz Shannon
- Episode #1.2 (2006) ... Liz Shannon
 2001-2006 The Kumars at No. 42 (TV Series)
Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
- Episode #7.6 (2006) ... Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
- Episode #7.5 (2006) ... Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
- Episode #7.4 (2006) ... Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
- Episode #7.3 (2006) ... Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
- Episode #7.2 (2006) ... Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
 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 Mini Series)
Sunita
- Episode #1.3 (2005) ... Sunita
- Episode #1.2 (2005) ... Sunita
- Episode #1.1 (2005) ... Sunita
 2005 M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team (TV Series)
DCI Anita Wishart
- Episode #2.4 (2005) ... DCI Anita Wishart
- Episode #2.3 (2005) ... DCI Anita Wishart
- Episode #2.2 (2005) ... DCI Anita Wishart
- Episode #2.1 (2005) ... DCI Anita Wishart
 2004 Bad Girls (TV Series)
Janan Hamad
- Episode #6.4 (2004) ... Janan Hamad
 2004 Monkey Trousers (TV Movie)
Various Roles
 2003 Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Special)
Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
 2003 Children in Need (TV Series)
Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
- Episode #1.24 (2003) ... Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
 2003 Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do (TV Special)
Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
 2003 Top of the Pops (TV Series)
Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar
- Episode dated 14 February 2003 (2003) ... Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar (as Gareth Gates + The Kumars)
 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 Double Income, No Kids Yet (TV Series)
Katie
 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
 1999 The Comedy Trail: A Shaggy Dog Story (TV Special short)
Charlotte Cooper / Sashi Kapoor
 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 Flight (TV Movie)
Tasleema
 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
 1996 Beautiful Thing
Miss Chauhan
 1991-1996 The Real McCoy (TV Series)
Various Roles
- Episode #5.6 (1996)
- Episode #5.5 (1996)
- Episode #5.4 (1996)
- Episode #5.3 (1996)
- Episode #5.2 (1996)
 1995 It's Not Unusual (Short)
Shushila
 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 Memsahib Rita (TV Short)
Unumma
 1994 Siren Spirits (TV Mini Series)
Unumma
- Memsahib Rita (1994) ... Unumma
 1994 Absolutely Fabulous (TV Series)
Suzy
- New Best Friend (1994) ... Suzy
 1993 Sean's Show (TV Series)
Trudy
- Episode #2.6 (1993) ... Trudy
- Great Socks (1993) ... Trudy
- Tea With Agatha (1993) ... Trudy
 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 Part One (1992) ... Sharon Lal
 1991 A Nice Arrangement (Short)
Sita
 1990 Boon (TV Series)
Council Supervisor
- Trouble in the Fields (1990) ... Council Supervisor
 1988 Crash Course (Special Ingredient) (Short)
Guest
 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)
Mumtaz Khan
- Undesirable Activities (1985) ... Mumtaz Khan (as Feroza Syal)
 1985 The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ (TV Series)
Mrs. Singh
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Mrs. Singh (as Feroza Syal)
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Mrs. Singh (as Feroza Syal)
 1984 Majdhar
Rehana
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Her 1999 novel "Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee" is published in the US by New Press, New York 2000. ISBN 1565846141 See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Official Sites:

Twitter

Alternate Names:

Gareth Gates + The Kumars | Feroza Syal

Spouse:

Sanjeev Bhaskar  (1 child) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I did the list of everything you should do on Doctor Who (2005); I went into the Tardis, did wobbly floor acting, got chased by monsters and was experimented on. See more »

Trivia:

Grew up in a Punjabi family in the mining village of Essington in England. See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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