Noel Clarke, 45, has over the last decade-and-a-half established himself as one of the British movie market’s most prominent success stories.
His work as a star, author, director and producer was recognised earlier this month when he was provided BAFTA’s prestigious Exceptional British Contribution to Movie theater award.
But just weeks later, multiple women have made accusations of unwanted sexual advances and bullying against him in a Guardian report – claims the 45-year-old says he “emphatically” denies and will challenge.
The Notting Hill-born star’s early TV profession saw him appear in episodes of programs such as Casualty, Holby City and A Touch Of Frost.
But he significant won plaudits for gritty drama Kidulthood in 2006, a movie about a group of struggling teens maturing in west London – a location he knew well from his youth.
Clarke wrote and starred in the film and its success led to a 2008 follow-up, Their adult years, with Clarke this time also directing. A third movie, Brotherhood, came out in 2016.
His mainstream advancement was available in one of the country’s best-loved series, with a role in Doctor Who between 2005 and 2010.
Clarke played Mickey Smith, boyfriend of the Physician’s assistant Rose Tyler, played by Billie Piper.
In 2003, his on-stage talent was acknowledged with a Laurence Olivier Award for the play Where Do We Live? – and 6 years later Clarke’s blossoming movie and TELEVISION work saw him granted BAFTA’s increasing star gong.
His new-found impact gave him extra influence to produce, write and act – and also coach the next generation of homegrown talent.
Clarke founded his own production company, Unstoppable Film & Television, in 2015 with fellow star Jason Maza.
Recently, he’s appeared alongside some recognized big screen names; with Gollum actor Andy Serkis in SAS: Red Notice, and with Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville and Timothy Spall in The Corrupted.
Clarke’s collaboration with Top Young boy star Ashley Walters in Sky One’s police officer drama Bulletproof has also been a success on tv – with a fourth series in the works, having just debuted in 2018.
The set co-created the program and likewise write and produce for it.
Just this week, Clarke has likewise been appearing in a new high-profile ITV series called Viewpoint, playing a surveillance officer watching the prime suspect in an instructor’s disappearance.
The channel has been showing one episode per night of the drama.