British Indian actor-writer Meera Syal honoured with BAFTA Fellowship
London, May 1 (PTI) British Indian-origin actor-writer Meera Syal has been awarded the highest BAFTA Fellowship by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to recognize an outstanding individual. and exceptional contribution to film and/or television.
Born to Punjabi parents and brought up in England’s West Midlands, the 61-year-old was awarded an MBE and CBE by the late Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to theater and literature.
Best known for TV shows like ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ and ‘The Kumars at Number 42’, he has made his mark as an award-winning actor, screenwriter and novelist over the years.
The fellowship will be presented to him during the BAFTA Television Awards ceremony on May 14 at the Royal Festival Hall in London as part of a special commemoration of his work to date.
She said she was “honoured and delighted” by the award, particularly as this year’s award combines opportunities to mentor and support participants in BAFTA’s learning programme.
“I look forward to engaging with many talented practitioners and continuing to work to make BAFTA a truly representative and celebratory place for all our creators. And I am grateful for the opportunity to pay forward the opportunities and experiences I have had in my career,” said Meera Syal .
As part of BAFTA, Meera will work directly with the arts charity over the coming year to inspire and nurture aspiring creatives through BAFTA’s year-round learning, inclusion and talent programmes, BAFTA said.
“Meera Syal has made an extraordinary impact on screen and literary arts. As an actor and writer, he is an exceptional storyteller with enormous range, meaning he is as loved by peers and the public as he is critically acclaimed,” said Jane Millichip, CEO of BAFTA.
Sial’s work has received numerous BAFTA nominations and wins, features in school and university curricula. A Film and Television Award for Creative Innovation, honorary doctorates from SOAS, Manchester and Birmingham Universities and was Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Drama at Oxford University in 2012.
He is known for bringing his unique voice to the UK’s creative arts across a number of artistic genres with at least 140 credits spanning four decades. Some of his best novels include ‘Anita and Me’ and ‘Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee’, which were later adapted for the screen.
Besides, he has played many roles on screen and in radio dramas. PTI AK MRJ
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