Meera Syal

Sutida Wimuttikosol (King's College London)
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Meera Syal, one of the best-known Asians in Britain (Ranasinha, 2007, 247), had a pivotal role in the greater visibility of British Asian and Indian culture in the British mainstream media during the 1990s. She wrote the screenplay for

Bhaji on the Beach

(Gurinder Chadha, 1993), the first British film written and directed by a British Asian woman.

Goodness Gracious Me

(1996-2001), the BBC sketch show she co-created and in which she was a cast member, introduced British Asian comedy to UK radio and television audiences. Her debut novel,

Anita and Me

(1996), was adapted into a film (Metin Hüseyin, 2002) and a stage play (Roxana Silbert, 2015 and 2017), and has been included in the UK’s GCSE English set texts. Receiving an honorary doctorate from SOAS University of London in 2013, Syal…

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Citation: Wimuttikosol, Sutida. "Meera Syal". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 November 2017 [, accessed 30 May 2024.]

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