Bafta will be awarding Noel Clarke for his efforts in bringing diversity to British cinema (Picture: Dave Benett)
Noel Clarke will be honoured at the 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards for outstanding British contribution to cinema.
On Monday, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) announced that the 45-year-old actor and writer will be presented the award on Saturday April 10 as part of the annual event’s opening night ceremony in London.
Speaking of the honour, Noel commented: ‘Thank you Bafta for this acknowledgment and recognition of my work over the past two decades. I will endeavour to continue to make ground-breaking work and open doors for underrepresented people that may not often get a chance.’
The talented star has been recognised for playing a pivotal role in bringing diversity to British screens in front and behind the camera and pushing under-represented talent and stories to the forefront of cinema and television.
Noel, who picked up the Bafta Rising Star Award in 2009, has come a long way from his first TV appearance in the ground-breaking Channel 4 series, Metrosexuality, over two decades ago.
He quickly won critical acclaim by scooping the Laurence Olivier award for ,ost promising newcomer for his performance in the play Where Do We Live at the Royal Court in 2003.
Noel’s first TV appearance was in the Channel 4 series, Metrosexuality, over two decades ago (Picture: Dave Benett)
His biggest success story came after he wrote and starred in the cult phenomenon feature film Hood trilogy, Kidulthood (2006), Adulthood (2008) and Brotherhood (2016), the latter two of which he directed.
Noel has also made his presence known on the small screen with roles such as Dr. Who and Wyman Norris in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.
Not settling there, Noel co-founded his own production company, Unstoppable Entertainment in 2007, where he produced over 10 feature films to champion fresh, emerging and diverse voices.
Later joining forces with All3Media, Clarke co-created and stars in Sky One’s hit drama Bulletproof. He can currently be seen in Sky Cinema original film SAS: Red Notice opposite Sam Heughan, Andy Serkis and Tom Wilkinson.
Noel co-created Sky One’s Bulletproof, which he also stars in (Picture: PA)
Meanwhile, Marc Samuelson, Chair of Bafta’s Film Committee, commented: ‘Noel is an inspiration to me and to many others, for his central and much-needed role in supporting and championing diverse voices in the British film industry.
‘He truly is able to do it all – acting, writing, directing and producing. He is now building a hugely successful production company, giving opportunities to a wide range of talented people from many different under-represented groups. I cannot think of a more deserving recipient for this year’s award.’
The Baftas will air on April 10 and 11 on BBC Two and BBC One.
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