Meera Syal receives Women in Film & TV Lifetime Achievement Award

Meera Syal was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Women in Film & Television Awards 2023 ceremony held in partnership with Sky on December 1. The 62-year-old actress was handed a Lifetime Achievement Award a few months after being given the same by BAFTA.

She joins an impressive list of previous Women in Film & Television Lifetime Achievement award-winners, including Sue Barker, Floella Benjamin, Judi Dench, Sheila Hancock, Katherine Hepburn, Glenda Jackson, Helen Mirren, Joanna Lumley, Esther Rantzen, Vanessa Redgrave and Maggie Smith.

Speaking at the ceremony, Syal said, “I am truly honored to be this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and to be celebrating this with so many inspirational, talented women that I have the privilege to share an industry with. The work that Women in Film and TV does to support and champion women working in this industry is unmatched and it has been a joy to be a part of it today.”

Syal, who has carved out a successful career in television and on stage over the last 40 years, is known to TV audiences for her roles in comedies such as ‘The Kumars at No. 42’ and ‘Beautiful People’. Talking about her stage career, she has starred in the title role of Shirley Valentine and more recently as Miss Hannigan in the West End revival of ‘Annie’.

The Women in Film and Television Awards, in partnership with Sky, nominate women from across 14 categories including directing, writing, producing, performance, business, and contribution to the medium.

Image courtesy of X@BAFTA

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