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Meera Syal to be honoured with BAFTA Fellowship

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Meera Syal to be honoured with BAFTA FellowshipBAFTA/Rachell Smith

Meera Syal is to receive a BAFTA Fellowship for her decades of work in TV, film, comedy and radio.

The award-winning actor, screenwriter and novelist is probably best known for comedies Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at No 42.

She has appeared in everything from Doctor Who, Paddington 2, The Sandman, Horrible Histories, The Split and The Wheel of Time.

The Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the arts and entertainment.

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"I am thrilled and honoured to be the recipient of the BAFTA Fellowship," Syal said.

"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."

BAFTA CEO Jane Millichip added: "Meera Syal has made an extraordinary impact on the screen and literary arts. As an actor and writer, she is an exceptional storyteller with enormous range, which means she is loved by peers and the public as much as she is critically acclaimed.

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"At BAFTA, we very much look forward to working with Meera over the next year on her mentoring scheme. We couldn’t be more delighted to present her the BAFTA Fellowship and celebrate her next month at our BAFTA Television Awards with P&O Cruises."

The BAFTA Television Awards with P&O Cruises will take place on Sunday, May 14. You can watch on BBC One and iPlayer from 7pm.

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