Huge congratulations to Michaela Coel for a BAFTA Craft Award win on the 24th April at The Brewery and for a BAFTA TV Award win on 8th May at the Royal Festival Hall.
Michaela won in the Breakthrough Talent (Craft) and Female Performance in a Comedy (TV) categories for Chewing Gum, another double triumph after winning in the same two categories at the 2016 Royal Television Society Awards. Michaela and the series also earned BAFTA nominations in the Writer – Comedy and Scripted Comedy categories, to add to a Screen Nation Award for Favourite Comedy Programme.
The Guardian recently described Michaela as “The most recent fragrant breeze? Her name is Michaela Coel, 28, a one-woman powerhouse. I first saw her in the raucous, incredibly filthy and funny award-winning E4 sitcom she created and starred in, Chewing Gum. But that’s just her highest-profile gig. Her talent is multi-pronged: she’s a Royal Television Society award-winning actor, talented spoken-word artist and a playwright (Chewing Gum’s first life was as a one-woman stage show called Chewing Gum Dreams). Last month she won a Bafta, crowning her as TV’s breakthrough star. … Her very presence on British telly, in a landscape that doesn’t normally allow dark-skinned black girls to shine so brightly, is thrilling. …
The second series of Chewing Gum will shoot later this year for E4.