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.
Sunday’s BAFTA TV Awards celebrated and rewarded the very best programmes and performances of 2020.
The evening was hosted by Richard Ayoade and featured performances by Years & Years and Alexis Ffrench
While Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar, Bill Bailey, Jon Snow, Oti Mabuse, Rob Beckett, Rose Matafeo, Sanjeev Bhaskar, and Zawe Ashton acted as presenters.
Other guest presenters – Catherine O’Hara, Jon Snow, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jamie Demetriou, Tommy Jessop, Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse – appeared via video call during the ceremony.
Stunning: The TV star added a selection of gold accessories to her gown, including a chunky chain necklace and some statement rings
Leading Actor award was won by first-time nominee Paul Mescal for his performance as Connor in Normal People.
Malachi Kirby, another first-time winner, won for his performance in Small Axe in the Supporting Actor category. Small Axe had led this year’s nominations with 15 nods.
And Small Axe – which features five films that tell stories about lives of West Indian immigrants in London from the 1960s to the 1980s – also picked up two Leading Actor nominations with John Boyega and Shaun Parkes both receiving nods.
Rakie Ayola also won her first BAFTA for Supporting Actress for her performance in Anthony.
Another first-time nominee, Aimee Lou Wood scooped a gong in Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for playing Aimee Gibbs in Sex Education.
Reaction: Fans of the actress took to Twitter following her wins, with one writing: ‘Congrats Michaela! I May Destroy You was excellent. She’s amazing’
Male Performance in a Comedy Programme was awarded to Charlie Cooper for his performance in This Country.
Comedian Romesh Ranganathan received the BAFTA for Entertainment Performance for The Ranganation.
Save Me Too received the BAFTA for Drama Series and Sitting in Limbo won for Single Drama.
The Big Narstie Show won Comedy Entertainment Programme, its first win following its previous nomination in 2019. And the BAFTA for Entertainment Programme was awarded to Life & Rhymes while Scripted Comedy was awarded to Inside No 9.
Unimpressed: 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 School That Tried to End Racism received the BAFTA for Reality & Constructed Factual. Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace won in the Features category. They Saw the Sun First won the BAFTA for Short Form Programme.
Casualty was awarded the BAFTA for Soap & Continuing Drama, its first since 2018. The Great House Giveaway won the BAFTA in the new Daytime category.
News Coverage was awarded to Sky News’ Inside Idlib, and the award for Current Affairs was presented to America’s War on Abortion (Exposure). International was awarded to Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville).
Once Upon a Time in Iraq received the BAFTA for Factual Series, Locked In: Breaking the Silence (Storyville) won Single Documentary and The Surgeon’s Cut won Specialist Factual.
England V West Indies Test Cricket triumphed in the Sport category, while the award for Live Event was presented to Springwatch 2020.
And Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment, the only award voted for by the public, was scooped by Britain’s Got Talent for the moment when Diversity performed a routine inspired by the events of 2020.
Success: 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
Covid restrictions meant TV fans couldn’t be in attendance on the red carpet as usual and some nominees weren’t able to attend because of filming bubbles.
In an attempt to ensure everyone can access the awards, Virgin Media beamed them onto the red carpet through the latest hologram technology.
Ahead of Sunday’s ceremony, it was also reported that BAFTA TV had ‘temporarily paused’ Fellowships and Special Awards.
It comes after Noel Clarke, who has been accused by more than 20 women of sexual harassment and bullying, was suspended from BAFTA amid the allegations after he won the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award in April.
Acclaim: The show also scooped three BAFTAs at the British Academy Television Craft Awards 2021
It was recently reported the British Academy of Film and Television Awards spent two weeks deciding how best to respond to allegations against Clarke, 45, prior to presenting him with one of its highest honours.
According to reports, bosses have suspended ‘all the individual honours’ which are ‘in the gift of the Academy’ ahead of the ceremony, with The Mirror stating bosses are fearing giving an award to another scandal-ridden industry figure.
The Mirror claims a message was sent to members last week which explained that BAFTA were ‘reviewing its selection protocols for its prestigious solo accolades’.
The publication reported that the message said: ‘We wanted to let you know that while we review the processes behind selecting the awards that are “in the gift of the Academy” – the Special Awards and Fellowships – we have temporarily paused these kinds of awards and they will not feature in Sunday’s ceremony.’
The Mirror claims that the only other time a TV Fellowship was ‘given and then cancelled’ was Rolf Harris.
Big hit: Small Axe starring John Boyega (left) and Letitia Wright (right) led the nominations with 15 nods, with Malachi Kirby winning on the night for his performance in the Supporting Actor category
The disgraced children’s entertainer was stripped of his BAFTA Fellowship after he was convicted of 12 indecent assaults at Southwark Crown Court in June 2014, and was sentenced to six years behind bars.
Harris was released from HMP Stafford on parole in May 2017 after serving just three years of his sentence.
Over the years, a collection of people have been awarded a BAFTA Fellowship, the highest accolade the Academy can bestow, including Joan Bakewell, Kate Adie, Jon Snow, Julie Walters and Joanna Lumley.
Coming-of-age drama: First-time nominee Paul Mescal scooped the gong for Leading Actor for his performance as Connor in Normal People (pictured with co-star Daisy Edgar Jones)
While the likes of Idris Elba, Lenny Henry and the late Cilla Black have previously won a Special Award during the ceremony.
However, the BAFTA website states that awards ‘in the gift of the Academy’ are ‘presented at the discretion of the BAFTA Television Committee; therefore they may not all be presented in any given year’.
MailOnline contacted BAFTA for comment at the time.
BAFTA TV Awards 2021: Winners
Save Me Too
Drama Series: Save Me Too starring Suranne Jonea and Lennie James
Paul Mescal – Normal People
Leading Actor: Paul Mescal in Normal People
Michaela Coel – I May Destroy You
Leading Actress: Michaela Coel in I May Destroy You
Malachi Kirby – Small Axe
Supporting Actor: Malachi Kirby in Small Axe
Rakie Ayola – Anthony
Supporting Actress: Rakie Ayola in Anthony
Comedy Entertainment Programme
The Big Narstie Show
Comedy Entertainment Programme: The Big Narstie Show
Female Performance In A Comedy Programme
Aimee Lou Wood – Sex Education
Female Performance In A Comedy Programme: Aimee Lou Wood in Sex Education
Male Performance In A Comedy Programme
Charlie Cooper – This Country
Male Performance In A Comedy Programme: Charlie Cooper in This Country
I May Destroy You
Mini-Series: I May Destroy You starring Michaela Coel and Weruche Opia
America’s War On Abortion (Exposure)
Current Affairs: America’s War On Abortion (Exposure)
The Great House Giveaway
Daytime The Great House Giveaway
Romesh Ranganathan – The Ranganation
Entertainment Performance Romesh Ranganathan – The Ranganation
Life & Rhymes
Entertainment Programme: Life & Rhymes
Once Upon A Time In Iraq
Factual Series: Once Upon A Time In Iraq
Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace
Features: Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace
Sky News: Inside Idlib
News Coverage: Sky News: Inside Idlib
Reality & Constructed Factual
The School That Tried To End Racism
Reality & Constructed Factual: The School That Tried To End Racism
Sitting In Limbo
Single Drama: Sitting In Limbo
Soap & Continuing Drama
Soap & Continuing Drama: Casualty
Welcome To Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville)
International: Welcome To Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville)
Live Event: Springwatch
Inside No. 9
Scripted Comedy: Inside No. 9
Short Form Programme
They Saw The Sun First
Short Form Programme: They Saw The Sun First
Locked In: Breaking The Silence (Storyville)
Single Documentary: Locked In: Breaking The Silence (Storyville)
Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment (Voted For By The Public)
Britain’s Got Talent – Diversity Perform A Routine Inspired By The Events Of 2020
Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment: Britain’s Got Talent – Diversity Perform A Routine Inspired By The Events Of 2020