The BAFTA Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA, recognising contribution to film and television.
BAFTA have said that ‘Syal’s cross-cultural stories and performances regularly unite the nation through humour and have played an instrumental force in showcasing the positive representation of British-Asian stories and talent on screen.’
Meera Syal is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, and novelist with over 140 credits and counting. Her work includes BAFTA nominated screenplay Bhaji on the Beach and Olivier nominated musical Bombay Dreams. Syal wrote and starred in the BAFTA nominated comedy series Goodness Gracious Me and her novels Anita & Me and Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee were adapted to screen with great acclaim.
Meera has said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be the recipient of the BAFTA Fellowship. I am particularly delighted that this year’s award is twinned with opportunities to mentor and support participants in BAFTA’s learning programme – where I hope to engage with many talented practitioners and continue working to make BAFTA a truly representative and celebratory place for all our creatives. And I am grateful for the chance to pay forward the opportunities and experiences I have been lucky enough to have over my career.”
Meera will be awarded at the BAFTA 2023 ceremony, which will take place on Sunday 14th May at the Royal Albert Hall, airing on BBC One.
Active writing projects currently with Film Nation and Bright Pictures for a BFI-funded original screenplay.
Meera Syal has been represented for her drama and comedy writing by Rochelle Stevens since 1982.