British actress Meera Syal played a variety of strong roles in Hollywood cinema. Syal began her acting career appearing mainly in films, such as "Majdhar" (1984), "Sammy and Rosie Get Laid" (1987) with Shashi Kapoor and the Glen Berry dramatic adaptation "Beautiful Thing" (1996). Syal also contributed her voice to characters in the Handsworth Welfare Association documentary "Handsworth Songs" (1986). Her film career continued throughout the nineties and the early 2000s in productions like the comedic drama "Girls' Night" (1998) with Brenda Blethyn, the Lynn Redgrave dramatic adaptation "Anita & Me" (2002) and "Scoop" (2006) with Scarlett Johansson. She also worked in television during these years, including a part on "Doctor Who" (BBC, 2004-). Recently, she tackled roles in "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" (2010) with Anthony Hopkins, the dramatic adaptation "Desert Flower" (2011) with Liya Kebede and the comedy "Rafta Rafta" (2012) with Reece Ritchie. She also worked in television during these years, including a part on "Broadchurch" (BBC, 2012-). Syal most recently acted in the comedy "Amar Akbar & Tony" (2015) with Rez Kempton. Syal was married to Sanjeev Bhaskar.