Tuesday, Aug 16, 2022

Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Wins Big At London's BAFTA

'Save Me Too' from Sky won best drama series, while Malachi Kirby ('Small Axe') and Rakie Ayola ('Anthony;) won best supporting actor and actress, respectively.

Michaela Coel poses for photographers with her Leading Actress award for her role in 'I May Destroy You' at the British Academy Television Awards in London, Sunday, (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

The sexual consent drama "I May Destroy You" had a golden run at the 2021 BAFTA TV Awards, winning best mini-series and with its writer, part-director, and star Michaela Coel bagging the best actress award. 

The winners were announced during a hybrid event presented by Richard Ayoade and shot at London's Television Centre. The ceremony was conducted in accordance with COVID-19 protocols. Only the main category nominees were present in person, while others watched online.

"I May Destroy You," a 12-part BBC and HBO drama, addresses consent through the story of Arabella (played by Coel), a woman who is sexually attacked after having her drink spiked on a night out.

Coel, who won BAFTAs for best drama writer and best director at last month's BAFTA TV Craft Awards, hailed intimacy coach Ita O'Brien for assisting her in creating a secure environment as she took her "piece about exploitation" to the screen.

"I'd want to dedicate this honour to Ita O'Brien, the director of Intimacy. Thank you for being in our industry, for creating a safe space for us to create physical, emotional, and professional boundaries so that we can make work about exploitation, loss of respect, and power abuse without being exploited or abused in the process "She said this after accepting the award for best actress.

Coel won the award over "Killing Eve" actress Jodie Comer, "Small Axe's" Letitia Wright, "I Hate Suzie" heroine Billie Piper, "Adult Material" lead Hayley Squires, and "Normal People" breakout Daisy Edgar-Jones.

Paul Mescal, who won the BAFTA for best actor for his role in the BBC Three and Hulu drama "Normal People," was among the other winners during the evening.

To win the award, he beat off performers like John Boyega ("Small Axe") and Josh O'Connor ("The Crown").

"Save Me Too" from Sky won best drama series, while Malachi Kirby ("Small Axe") and Rakie Ayola ("Anthony") won best supporting actor and actress, respectively.

Actor Aimee Lou Wood took home the best female performance in a comedy for "Sex Education". Charlie Cooper received the best male performance in a comedy for "This Country".

Fan-favourite Netflix drama "The Crown" was the biggest snub of the event as it didn't top any of the four categories it was nominated in.

(with inputs from PTI)