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Meera Syal MBE (born Feroza Syal 27 June 1961 in Essington, near Wolverhampton, England) is a British comedienne, writer, playwright, singer, journalist and actress. Her Punjabi-born parents came to England from New Delhi, and she has risen to prominence as one of the most UK's best-known Indian personalities. She was awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours List of 1997, which she accepted from the Queen. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Brownshore Lakes in Essington, Staffordshire on a Summers Day Essington is a village and civil parish near Wolverhampton in South Staffordshire, England. ... // Wolverhampton is a City in the historical county of Staffordshire and metropolian county of the West Midlands. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem specific to England — the United Kingdom anthem is God Save the Queen. ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is a person who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Punjab, 1903 Punjab Province, 1909 Punjab (Persian: ‎, meaning Land of the five Rivers) (c. ... , This article is about the urban region that is the capital of India. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ...

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Life and career

She was born in Wolverhampton and grew up in Essington, a mining village a few miles to the north. She attended Queen Mary's High School in nearby Walsall and is perhaps the school's most famous alumna. // Wolverhampton is a City in the historical county of Staffordshire and metropolian county of the West Midlands. ... Brownshore Lakes in Essington, Staffordshire on a Summers Day Essington is a village and civil parish near Wolverhampton in South Staffordshire, England. ... Queen Marys High School, situated on Upper Forster Street, Walsall, is a selective education school and entry in Year 7 is by passing an entrance exam. ... , Walsall is an industrial town in the West Midlands of England. ...


Syal won the National Student Drama Award for writing One of Us while studying English and Drama at Manchester University. She spent seven years working for the Royal Court Theatre and won the Betty Trask Award for her first book Anita and Me and the Media Personality of the Year award at the Commission for Racial Equality's annual Race in the Media awards in 2000. Syal wrote the screenplay for the 1993 film Bhaji on the Beach. In 2003, she was listed in The Observer as one of the fifty funniest acts in British comedy. University of Manchester Motto: Cognitio Sapientia Hvmanitas Knowledge, wisdom, humanity. ... The Royal Court Theatre is a non-commercial theatre in Sloane Square, in the Chelsea area of London noted for its contributions to modern theatre. ... The Betty Trask Award for a first novel given by the Society of Authors to citizens of the Commonwealth under the age of 35. ... A book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment, or other material, usually fastened together to hinge at one side. ... Anita and Me is Meera Syals debut novel, and was first published in 1996. ... The Commission for Racial Equality is a non-governmental organisation in the United Kingdom which tackles racial discrimination and promotes racial equality. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bhaji on the Beach is a 1993 film by director Gurinder Chadha. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


As a journalist she writes occasionally for The Guardian. She scored a number one record with Gareth Gates and her co-stars from The Kumars at No. 42 with "Spirit in the Sky", the Comic Relief single. The Guardian is a British newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. ... Gareth Paul Gates (born July 12, 1984, Bradford, England) is an English pop singer who shot to fame in 2002 when he came second in the first series of the ITV talent show Pop Idol. ... The Kumars at No. ... Spirit in the Sky is a song written by Norman Greenbaum and released in 1969. ... Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character or scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension. ...


In June 2003 she appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs programme with a selection of music by Nitin Sawhney, Madan Bala Sindhu, Joni Mitchell, Pizzicato Five, Sukhwinder Singh, Louis Armstrong and others. The luxury she chose to ease her life as a castaway was a piano. [1] Desert Island Discs is a long-running BBC Radio 4 programme. ... Nitin Sawhney is a London-based composer and DJ of various styles of music, including jazz, drum and bass, hip hop, flamenco and modern orchestral compositions. ... Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943) is a Canadian musician, songwriter, and painter. ... Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five (often known simply by the initials P5) is a Japanese pop group best known to audiences in the West in their later incarnation as a duo of Maki Nomiya and Yasuharu Konishi. ... Sukhwinder Singh is an Indian singer, most famous as a Bollywood playback singer. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Personal life

In 2004 she took part in the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are?, which looked into the family histories of various well-known personalities. Syal was surprised to discover both her grandfathers had actively campaigned against British rule in India: one was a communist journalist and the other named a Punjab Martyr in the Golden Temple having been imprisoned and tortured after protesting. Despite her professed surprise, a family role in ejecting the British from India was already known. Syal seems to have no sense of self-irony. Who Do You Think You Are? was a ten part television series shown on the UKs BBC2, in 2004, in which various celebrities go on a journey, in order to try and trace their family tree. ... This article is about communism as a form of society and as a political movement. ... For the Golden Pavilion Temple in Kyoto, Japan, see here. ...


In January 2005, Syal married her frequent collaborator, Sanjeev Bhaskar, who plays her grandson in The Kumars At No. 42; the marriage took place in Lichfield, Staffordshire. Their baby, a boy named Shaan, was born at the Portland Hospital on 2 December 2005. She has a daughter, Chameli, from her first marriage to journalist Shekhar Bhatia, which ended in 2002. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Vic Chopra (Sanjeev Bhaskar) falls foul of Ash Desai (Manish Patel) Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE (born 28 June 1964 in Essex, grew up in Hounslow, West London England). ... is the 336th day of the year (337th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Future projects

Her next film, to be released in 2007, Hello London, will star her husband and the New Zealand All Blacks.


Books

Anita and Me is Meera Syals debut novel, and was first published in 1996. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Life Isnt All Ha Ha Hee Hee is a 1999 novel by Meera Syal that was later adapted into a three-part BBC television miniseries in 2005. ...

Films

Actor

Anita and Me is Meera Syals debut novel, and was first published in 1996. ... A Little Princess (1986) is a mini-series directed by Carol Wiseman co-produced by LWT in Britain and PBS in the United States based upon the novel, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Australian promotional poster for the film release Beautiful Thing is a play written in 1993 by Jonathan Harvey and the 1995 Channel Four production based on the play, with a screenplay revised by Harvey. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Sixth Happiness is a 1997 film directed by Indian director Waris Hussein. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Its Not Unusual is Tom Jones signature song. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987) is a film directed by Stephen Frears, with a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Life Isnt All Ha Ha Hee Hee is a 1999 novel by Meera Syal that was later adapted into a three-part BBC television miniseries in 2005. ... Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (English: Dance Baby Dance) is a Bollywood film starring Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Lara Dutta and Bobby Deol. ...

Screenplays

Anita and Me is Meera Syals debut novel, and was first published in 1996. ... Bhaji on the Beach is a 1993 film by director Gurinder Chadha. ...

Plays

Bombay Dreams on Broadway, New York City Bombay Dreams is a Bollywood-themed musical. ... Original poster for the NT production Rafta, Rafta. ...

Radio

Goodness Gracious Me is a BBC English language Sketch comedy show originally on BBC Radio 4 and later televised on BBC Two (comprising of three seasons running from from 1996 to 1998) based on four British Asian actors: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Syal and Nina Wadia. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ...

Television

Appearances

8 out of 10 Cats is a comedy panel game made by Zeppotron (a subsidiary of Endemol) for Channel 4. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Absolutely Fabulous is a British sitcom written by and starring Jennifer Saunders, and co-starring Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha and June Whitfield. ... All About Me is a BBC1 comedy about a multicultural family living in Birmingham. ... Bad Girls is a British drama series showed on ITV1. ... Band of Gold was a television series shown on ITV1 between 1995 and 1997, written by Kay Mellor. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Video Cover, with main cast Drop the Dead Donkey was a situation comedy that ran on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom from 1990 to 1998. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Goodness Gracious Me was a BBC English language sketch show originally on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC TWO, based on four Indian-British actors: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Syal and Nina Wadia. ... Have I Got News for You is a British television panel show; produced by Hat Trick Productions and a flagship programme for the BBC. It is based loosely on the BBC Radio 4 show The News Quiz, and has been running since 1990. ... Jekyll is a BBC television drama serial. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Keeping Mum is a 2005 British black comedy film starring Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Maggie Smith. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The Kumars at No. ... Light Lunch Promotional Photo Light Lunch was a Channel 4 lunch-time comedy chatshow broadcast between March 1997 and February 1998. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Life Isnt All Ha Ha Hee Hee is a 1999 novel by Meera Syal that was later adapted into a three-part BBC television miniseries in 2005. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also known as a Major Investigation Team and abbreviated to MIT. Murder Investigation Teams are the specialised homicide squads of Londons Metropolitan Police Service. ... 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Who Do You Think You Are? was a ten part television series shown on the UKs BBC2, in 2004, in which various celebrities go on a journey, in order to try and trace their family tree. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Writing credits

Life Isnt All Ha Ha Hee Hee is a 1999 novel by Meera Syal that was later adapted into a three-part BBC television miniseries in 2005. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Academic reception

The book Anita and Me has found its way onto school and university English syllabuses both in Britain and abroad. Scholarly literature includes:

  • Rocío G. Davis, "India in Britain: Myths of Childhood in Meera Syal's Anita and Me", in Fernando Galván & Mercedes Bengoechea (ed.), On Writing (and) Race in Contemporary Britain, Universidad de Alcalá 1999, 139-46.
  • Graeme Dunphy, "Meena's Mockingbird: From Harper Lee to Meera Syal", in Neophilologus 88, 2004, 637-59.

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References

  • Alison Donnell (editor), Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture, ISBN 0-415-16989-5

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Meera Syal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (536 words)
Meera Syal MBE (born Feroza Syal June 27, 1961 in Essington, near Wolverhampton) is a British Indian comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist and actress.
Syal was surprised to discover both her grandfathers had actively campaigned against British rule in India: one was a communist journalist and the other named a Punjab Martyr in the Golden Temple having been imprisoned and tortured after protesting.
Graeme Dunphy, "Meena's Mockingbird: From Harper Lee to Meera Syal", in Neophilologus 88, 2004, 637-59.
Meera Syal (1073 words)
Meera is very proud of her Indian roots and culture and was aware of her racial difference from an early age.
At school however, Meera was not a victim of racism, but was picked on because she was ‘mouthy’.
Meera continues to be heard on BBC radio, in a variety of formats - of course comedy (Goodness Gracious Me; The World As We Know It, 1999) but also drama (Legal Affairs, 1996) and variety shows.
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