Sumerah was identified as a rising star in the BBC’s 2017 New Talent Hotlist. This year she is a BAFTA Crew participant (Film/TV) and has been selected to take part in Vertical Lab, a mentoring programme by the Independent Film Trust. She is also one of fourteen writers on Creative Skillset/MediaXchange’s Advanced TV drama writing.

As a playwright she has been a member of the Royal Court Critical Mass and invited Studio Writers’ programmes, the Stratford East Musical Theatre Initiative, Orange Tree Writers Collective and The Criterion playwright programme.

Before turning to writing Sumerah was a multi award winning entrepreneur of her own radio station, Club Asia and has a background in TV & film production. She is a law graduate and holds an MBA in film business.

Sumerah is a member of the Writers Guild, the Royal Television Society, Women in Film & TV and Mercury Musical Developments.


"[In Downfall] we saw life from the younger perspective, raw and unaffected, touching in its pain." Jean Rogers, Vice-President, Equity.

"Srivastava's writing shows us that our young people are just as emotionally engaged as any adult, even if they don't always show it." Carly Halse, Reviewer, Female Arts (On Downfall)

“A classic short story with a chilling twist in the tale. A sympathetic protagonist brings about a compelling narrative, with modern imagery to bring the horror genre up to date.”
Kate Rowland, Creative Director New Writing, BBC (On Purple Rain)

“She has a highly distinctive voice, one that is underrepresented by the mainstream and which is a rich source of potential for stories that truly reflect today’s diverse contemporary British culture.” Rob Cheek, Producer, Route 24.