Award-winning British Actress, Michaela Ewuraba Boakye-Collinson known professionally as Michaela Coel, has won her first Emmy Award for her limited series “I May Destroy You.” Winning this award makes her the first Black woman to win “Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie” category.
Synopsis; After being sexually assaulted in a nightclub, Arabella’s life changes irreversibly and she is forced to reassess everything, including her career, friends, and family.
“I May Destroy You” according to Michaela Coel was inspired by some personal experiences she went through. It was inspired by Coel’s personal sexual assault while working on her Bafta-winning Channel 4 series Chewing Gum, a pastel-bright comedy, an occurrence she recounted in her 2018 MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.
In her acceptance speech, Coel told the audience to “write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable.” She continued, “I dare you … Visibility these days seems to somehow equate to success. Do not be afraid to disappear—from it, from us for a while, and see what comes to you in the silence.”
This powerful speech was definitely directed to the potential storytellers listening to her following in her steps.
Michaela Coel is best known for creating and starring in the E4 sitcom Chewing Gum (2015–2017), for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Female Comedy Performance; and the BBC One/HBO comedy-drama series I May Destroy You (2020) for which she won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress in 2021 and is nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
She is also known for her work in other Netflix productions, including guest starring in the series Black Mirror (2016–2017), starring as Kate Ashby in the series Black Earth Rising (2018) and as Simone in the film Been So Long (2018).
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