Meera Syal: 'I'd love to star in a musical!'

It's fair to say that Meera Syal is an all-rounder, having done just about everything – from writing novels and penning screenplays to starring in some of the biggest shows on TV – but there's one area that she hasn't cracked yet…

The Goodness Gracious Me star, who wrote AR Rahman and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Bombay Dreams and appeared on a Comic Relief single alongside Gareth Gates, has revealed that she would like the opportunity to show off her singing skills.

“I’d love to do a musical,” she said.  “I haven’t got one of those under my belt yet. Just something classic and wonderful.”

Meera Syal played Judge Sonia Sharma on Broadchurch (ITV)

Meera Syal played Judge Sonia Sharma on Broadchurch (ITV)

Meera, who recently played a judge on ITV drama Broadchurch and will reunite with her Goodness Gracious Me co-stars for a TV special, has been enjoying a taste of work in the US, on new HBO show The Brink with Jack Black and Tim Robbins.

Jack Black

Jack Black stars with Meera in The Brink (Victoria Will/Invision)

“It was a fantastic first experience of me working in America. I’ve worked in New York but I hadn’t worked in Los Angeles; I hadn’t worked on film in America before,” she said.

“It’s about really c**p CIA agents. All my scenes were with him [Jack]. He was just amazing to work with; extremely generous, really up for improvising, and very warm; had no entourage with him. Just a very regular, down-to-earth, lovely guy. I was very lucky there.”


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