#DebutGirl of the moment and all around acting, writing and singing extraordinaire Michaela Coel, made her stamp in the television world by winning the Breakthrough Talent in 2016 Award, at the prestigious BAFTA Television Craft Awards in London last night.
The 29-year-old Hackney native was given the accolade for her critically acclaimed series Chewing Gum, in which she plays lead character Tracey Gordon; a refreshingly honest and rip-roaring, hilariously funny twenty-something, going through the late onset of awkward adolescence.
On accepting her award she said: ” I guess I’d probably take this time to urge anyone from an ethnic minority background, women, people deemed as otherwise disabled, to get behind the camera, not just in front of it. To start writing the stories if you want them to be told.”
And that is exactly what Chewing Gum- and more importantly Michaela – portray so well. A television series that finally tells the stories of what life is really like for many young people living in inner city London, it’s no wonder the programme has gained a cult following, desperate for the release of the second series which will hit our TV screens later this year.
So, while we sit with eager anticipation to see what Tracey has in store for us, we’ll have a toast and send a huge congratulations to Michaela for a very well deserved, and long needed, recognition.