Michaela Coel called for intimacy coordinators on film and TV sets to stop actors being ‘exploited’ at the British Academy Television Awards.
The actress, 33, took home the gongs for Leading Actress and Mini-series for I May Destroy You at the ceremony at the Television Centre on Sunday.
Taking to the stage to accept her award, Michaela dedicated her win to intimacy coordinator Ita O’Brien and thanked her for ‘making the space safe… so we can make work about exploitation, loss of respect, abuse of power, without being exploited or abused in the process.’
Winner: Michaela Coel called for intimacy coordinators on film sets to stop actors being ‘exploited’ at the British Academy Television Awards
She said: ‘I know what it’s like to shoot without an intimacy coordinator, the messy embarrassing feeling for the crew the internal devastation for the actor – your direction was essential to my show, and I believe essential for every production company that wants to make work exploring themes of consent.’
Michaela’s speech comes after she offered support to the 20 women who made allegations of misconduct against actor Noel Clarke.
The actress praised the women for coming forward and offered solidarity.
Michaela, who was snubbed for her work in the critically acclaimed series at the Golden Globes this year, looked sensational as she attended the ceremony at Television Centre in White City on Sunday.
Success: The actress, 33, took home the gongs for Leading Actress and Mini-series for I May Destroy You at the ceremony at the Television Centre on Sunday
The TV star grinned from ear to ear as she posed with her Mini-Series award backstage before she then took home the Leading Actress award.
Michaela attended the star-studded ceremony in a flowing backless gown and with a statement red cuff sleeve detail.
The star cut a glamorous figure as she slicked back her raven tresses and accentuated her features with a slick of red lipstick.
She added a selection of gold accessories to her gown, including a chunky chain necklace and some statement rings.
I May Destroy You was one of last summer’s most critically-acclaimed shows around the world when it aired on BBC One and HBO.
It follows Arabella as she comes to terms with a sexual assault after her drink was spiked at a nightclub, in a storyline based on the harrowing real-life experience of Michaela.
Wow: The TV star, who was also nominated in the Leading Actress category, looked sensational for the evening in a flowing backless gown and with a statement red cuff sleeve detail
Michaela has previously won two BAFTAS in 2016 for her hit E4 comedy Chewing Gum in the Breakthrough Talent and Best Female Comedy performance categories.
Fans of the actress took to Twitter following her wins, with one writing: ‘Congrats Michaela! I May Destroy You was excellent. She’s amazing’.
Another said: ‘Brilliant! Absolutely loved I May Destroy You,’ while another added: ‘So well deserved’.
In February, fans of I May Destroy You were outraged when the hit show, and creator Coel, were snubbed by the 78th Golden Globe Awards.
The actress, who starred, wrote, directed, and produced the critically-acclaimed series, failed to get a nod in any category.
Award: Michaela grinned as she posed with her award for the series that was one of last summer’s most critically-acclaimed shows
Plot: The show follows Arabella as she comes to terms with a sexual assault after her drink was spiked at a nightclub, in a storyline based on the harrowing real-life experience of Michaela
The show did lead the winners for the Royal Television Society Awards in March, however, scooping all three of its nominated categories; for Mini-Series, with creator Coel scooping both Actor (Female) and Writer- Drama.
The show also scooped three BAFTAs at the British Academy Television Craft Awards 2021.
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