BAFTA TV Awards: Special prize removed after Noel Clarke allegations
BAFTA TV Awards has removed special awards for 2021 after Noel Clarke was accused of sexual harassment by 20+ women. The organizers faced severe backlash for giving him the prize despite knowing about the mounting accusations against the actor. Clarke has denied any wrongdoings. Last year it was won by British actor Idris Elba. The BAFTA TV Award will take place on June 6.
Clarke has denied sexual misconduct, criminal wrongdoing
The news surfaced after The Guardian published an article on Clarke, where several women accused him of harassment. Clarke apologized if his "actions have affected people in ways I did not intend or realize." He also categorically denied "sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing." Viewers slammed the BAFTAs for giving him the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award. Later, BAFTA panel released a statement.
'No first-hand allegations were sent to us,' BAFTA issues statement
Defending their actions, BAFTA said, "No first-hand allegations were sent to us. No names, times, dates, productions, or other details were ever provided." "Had the victims gone on record as they have with The Guardian, the award would have been suspended immediately. Noel Clarke's counsel received a legal notice to this effect. It was always very clear what our intentions would be."
To recall, Clarke had received a BAFTA in 2009
For the unversed, Clarke was once considered one of the finest actors and directors in the UK. His trilogy Kidulthood (2006), Adulthood (2008), and Brotherhood (2016) were well-received by the audience. He was the recipient of the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award in 2009. Most international fans also recognize his work on Doctor Who, where he played the role of Mickey Smith.
Here are the top contenders for BAFTA TV Awards
For this year's awards, there are a lot of top contenders, with Sir Steve McQueen's Small Axe series heading the pack (15 nominations). Meanwhile, Netflix's The Crown has received 10 nominations. I May Destroy You has eight nods, with Michaela Coel getting nominated for best actress, writer, and director. The confirmed attendees this year include Graham Norton, Jodie Comer, Paul Mescal, and Billie Piper.