CBE 'huge honour' for actress Syal.
ACTRESS and writer Meera Syal, who has brought her distinctive Asian voice to Britain's creative arts, has described being made a CBE as a "huge honour".
The star has made the nation laugh in hit comedy series like Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars At No 42, but she is also an established author with successful novels and screenplays to her name.
Speaking after receiving the honour from the Prince of Wales, she said: "I feel a bit stunned actually.
"You beaver away in the creative arts - it's so hit-and-miss - you go from one job to another, every job is different and you hope the work you do is reaching people."
Syal was joined at the Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony by her husband, actor Sanjeev Bhaskar, who has appeared alongside her in The Kumars and Goodness Gracious Me.
He said: "The award is hugely deserved, I'd be in huge trouble if I said otherwise, and all the other recipients here today deserve to be recognised."
Meera Syal with her husband Sanjeev Bhaskar after the investiture yesterday