Michaela Coel is a Ghanian-British actress, screenwriter, singer, and poet. She rose to fame after the play she wrote as part of her senior graduation project in 2012 got picked up by Channel 4 for its altogether new project.
In October 2015, a sitcom based on the very piece, Chewing Gum Dreams, was released with a title shortened to Chewing Gum. In addition to wording the "raucous" script for British show, she also starred in a lead role.
Later, for her over-the-top performance, Michaela not only won a Royal Television Society Award for "Breakthrough Artist," but she also took home two BAFTAs: one for "Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme and Breakthrough Talent" and the other for writing the show.
Michaela Coel's Bio (Age)
Michaela Coel was born as 'Michaela Boakye-Collinson' on the 1st of October 1987 to Ghanaian parents.
Her parents got separated even before she was born, and so Michela and her older sister were raised solely by their mother on a council estate in Tower Hamlets.
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Her mother, a former cleaner, who went for a degree and a master's in Psychology, now works for the NHS.
As a devout member of the Pentecostal church, her mother instilled her religion into both of her daughters.
But then, when Michaela went to drama school and fell in love with her new-found gay friends, she was unable to accord with the Church's hostility towards homosexuality. As a result, she left the religion behind; with the same energy, she had once embraced it; back when she was 18.
Movies / TV Shows
Michaela landed small roles in the TV shows Top Boy (2013), Law & Order: UK (2013), London Spy (2015) before moving onto more significant parts in The Aliens (2016), Black Mirror (2016---2017) and Black Earth Rising (2018).
Michaela Coel gives the annual MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival on 22 August 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland (Photo: gettyimages)
Likewise, her film credits would be Monsters: Dark Continent (2014), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), and Been So Long (2018).
Michaela mentioned her ex-boyfriend during an interview dated 9 January 2017, with INDEPENDENT. He is now a pastor, converted by none other than Michaela herself when she still used to be a believer in "God."
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While in recent times, she has not spoken, if she is committed to a relationship or not.
More Facts On Michaela
She stands at a height of 5 feet and 5 inches (1.65 meters).
Michaela faced racist attacks directed at her during her childhood and while her time at drama school.
- After University she went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. There she received Laurence Olivier bursary award as she graduated in 2012.