Michaela Coel
Michael Buckner
United Kingdom
2021

FALKNA Productions

Michaela
Coel

The Ghanaian-British wunderkind wrote, produced, co-directed and starred in BBC One and HBO’s “I May Destroy You,” a 2020 series based on her own harrowing sexual-assault experience, earning Coel three Emmy nominations in 2021 as she made Emmy history as the first Black woman to win for limited series writing, leading to the most memorable acceptance speech of the night. Coel knows her worth, revealing in a 2020 interview that she’d once turned down a million-dollar Netflix offer when the streaming service refused to let her keep her intellectual-property rights. Next, she is making a bi pivot to the big screen by joining the cast of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” which is due in November 2022 and will see the supporting cast of 2018’s “Black Panther” return to honor deceased star Chadwick Boseman’s memory.

Career

  • STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
  • CHEWING GUM
  • I MAY DESTROY YOU

Education

  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama (England)

Variety Honors

  • Inclusion Impact
  • Women's Impact

Philanthropy

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Michaela Coel

Michaela Coel

The Ghanaian-British wunderkind wrote, produced, co-directed and starred in BBC One and HBO’s “I May Destroy You,” a 2020 series based on her own harrowing sexual-assault experience, earning Coel three Emmy nominations in 2021 as she made Emmy history as the first Black woman to win for limited series writing, leading to the most memorable acceptance speech of the night. Coel knows her worth, revealing in a 2020 interview that she’d once turned down a million-dollar Netflix offer when the...

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