The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that this year’s Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award will go to Noel Clarke.
Known for his roles in Bulletproof, Doctor Who, Kidulthood and more, Clarke will receive the BAFTA’s top prize at this year’s ceremony next month (April 2021).
Not just an actor, Clarke has written and directed many projects, one being the highly successful “Hood” trilogy, which consists of the movies, Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood (he wrote all three and directed two). These were highly influential British films released between 2006 and 2016.
Clarke set up his own production company, Unstoppable Entertainment, in 2007. The company supports and provides opportunities for talented, diverse and underrepresented candidates in the film and television industry. His current Sky original series Bulletproof is one of the most successful original productions in the company’s history and has completely defied executive expectations.
Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee Marc Samuelson stated, “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 is a multi-hyphenate who early on in his career has managed successfully to cross the line from respected actor to filmmaker. He truly is able to do it all – acting, writing, directing and producing.
“His authentic portrayal of London life in his critically acclaimed Hood trilogy cemented his place in British cinema and he continues to push boundaries with his work today.
“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.”
Clarke thanked BAFTA for the prize in recognition of his impact. He said, “I will endeavour to continue to make ground-breaking work and open doors for underrepresented people that may not often get a chance.”
The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award is typically given to an organisation, creative figure or franchise in recognition of their contribution to British film. Previous winners include the Harry Potter films, Curzon Cinemas, BBC Films and actor Andy Serkis.
The year’s BAFTA Awards ceremony will be taking place on Sunday 11th April on BBC One.