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British-Indian Meera Syal to be awarded BAFTA TV fellowship


Award-winning British-Indian playwright and actor Meera Syal will be awarded a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Fellowship, the highest award given to an individual in recognition of his role outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, game or television.

Syal, who has starred in hit BBC comedies ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ and ‘The Kumars at No 42’, will be honored at the BAFTA Television Awards, which take place May 14 at the Royal Festival Hall.

“I am delighted and honored to receive the BAFTA Scholarship. I am especially delighted that this year’s award has combined with the opportunity to mentor and support participants in the BAFTA academic program — where I hope Looking forward to interacting with so many talented students and continuing to work to make BAFTA a place that truly represents and celebrates all of our creators,” said Syal.

As part of the scholarship, she will work directly with the arts charity next year to inspire and nurture aspiring creators through programs of learning, inclusion and talent. year-round capacity of BAFTA. She will appear in two new major series this fall – ‘The Wheel of Time’ and ‘Mrs Siddhu Investigates’. In addition to her MBE and CBE awards, Syal has given her unique voice to the UK’s creative arts across a wide range of art genres for more than four decades, earning more than 140 credits and continuing. continue to increase.

Born to Punjabi parents from New Delhi, Syal’s cross-cultural stories and performances have played a key role in showcasing the positive representation of Anglo-Asian stories and talent on screen, a BAFTA statement said. Her work has garnered multiple nominations and BAFTA wins, is included in school and university curricula, and is said to be one of the Queen’s favorite television shows.

Syal has also received the Women in Film and Television Award for Innovation, an honorary doctorate from SOAS Universities, Manchester and Birmingham and is the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theater at University of Oxford 2012. Born in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands and educated at the University of Manchester, Syal reads English and Drama, achieving Double First.

Her career began at the Royal Court, and besides her many continuous theatrical roles, her talent led her to quickly transition to screenwriting – the 1993 ‘Bhaji on the Beach’ and ‘Bhaji on the Beach’ scripts. My Sister Wife’ in 1994 – as well as writing the screenplay. and performed in the pioneering comedy sketch show ‘The Real McCoy’ (1991-1994).

Two of her novels have also been adapted for the screen – ‘Anita and Me’ (2002) and ‘Life Is not All Ha Ha Hee Hee’ (2005). Syal has since also taken on roles in popular shows and TV series such as ‘Beauty’ (2008-2009), ‘Dr Who’ (2009), ‘Horrible History’ (2009), ‘Broadchurch’ (2015), ‘The Split’ (2018-2022), among others. The BAFTA TV Awards with P&O Cruises will be hosted by comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan and will be broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer.


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