The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that the award-winning actor, producer, writer, and director, Noel Clarke, will be honoured at the 74th EE British Academy Film Awards with Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award.
The award, which will be presented on Saturday 10th April as part of the EE BAFTA Film Awards Opening Night ceremony in London, is in recognition of his contribution in the British film industry.
The Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, Marc Samuelson, said: “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.”
In acknowledging his recommendation for the award, Noel Clarke said: “Thank you BAFTA for this acknowledgment and recognition of my work over the past two decades. I will endeavour to continue to make ground-breaking work and open doors for underrepresented people that may not often get a chance.”
Clarke, whose first TV appearance was over two decades ago in the ground-breaking Channel 4 series, Metrosexuality, has played a pivotal role in bringing diversity to British screens in front and behind the camera and pushing under-represented talent and stories to the forefront of cinema and television.
He won the Laurence Olivier Award for ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ for his performance in the play ‘Where Do We Live at the Royal Court’.
The movie star wrote and starred in the cult phenomenon featured film Hood trilogy, Kidulthood (2006), Adulthood (2008) and Brotherhood (2016), and directed the last two.
He received the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2009.
On TV appearances, he is well-known for his roles as Mickey Smith in Dr. Who and Wyman Norris in Auf, Wiedershen, Pet.
In 2007, Clarke founded his own production company, Unstoppable Entertainment, which was later joined by fellow actor/producer Jason Maza.
Their ambitions are to champion fresh, emerging and diverse voices, which has seen the company produced over 10 feature films including Jessica Hynes’ directorial debut “The Fight” and “10×10”, directed by Suzi Ewing.
The company joined forces with All3Media in 2018, and launched Unstoppable Film and Television to expand their scope to include television.
Clarke created the drama “Bulletproof” with Ashley Walters and starred in the series which has been one of the highest rated series on Sky since debuting in 2018.
The fourth session of the series is set to start filming later this year as confirmed.
The BAFTA prize for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award is presented annually in honour of Michael Balcon, the British film producer known for his work with Ealing Studios.
Andy Serkis received the award at the 2020 Film Awards.
Previous recipients include Ridley and Tony Scott, Film4 Productions, Working Title Films, Angela Allen, and the Harry Potter series of films.
Others are John Hurt, Tessa Ross, Peter Greenaway, BBC Films, Angels Costumes, Curzon, The National Film and Television School and Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, co-founders of Number 9 Films.
This year edition of the EE British Academy Film Awards will be celebrated across the weekend of 10 and 11 April.
Two shows to recognise the very best in film of the past year, will be broadcast virtually from London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The first show, for the celebration of the craft of film, will be broadcast on Saturday 10 April, while the second show be on Sunday 11 April.
Both programmes will be broadcast in all major territories around the world.