The countdown has begun toward the biggest event for Black British talent in film and television. The 12th Screen Nation Awards ceremony will take place at the Park Plaza hotel in London on 7 May and one individual has more reason to celebrate than anyone else.
Director, Noel Clarke, leads the pack with the most nominations in three award categories – Achievement in Film Production, Male Performance in Film and Male Performance in TV for the hit film Brotherhood including ITV’s crime drama The Level.
The 41-year old is also a BAFTA-winning actor, and a screenwriter. He lives in London with his wife and three boys. We bring you 10 facts about Noel that you may not know.
- His parents were immigrants from Trinidad. His mother was a nurse and father was a carpenter, though she raised him on her own.
- It’s been 11 years this month since Kidulthood, debuted in cinemas. Noel wrote the script and starred in it. The film, which followed a multi-ethnic group of west London kids, launched the careers of Noel along with Adam Deacon, Jaime Winstone, Femi Oyeniran, Nicholas Hoult and Rafe Spall.
- Its sequel, Adulthood, grossed more than £1m on its opening weekend in 2008 as did Brotherhood (2016) which starred grime artist, Stormzy.
- In the U.S., Noel Clarke enjoys a buoyant acting career starring in blockbusters films like Centurion and Star Trek: Into Darkness.
- He knew at the age of six that he wanted to be an actor.
- He began writing his earliest script in his early teens after watching American movies like Boyz n the Hood. He wanted to compensate for the lack of good parts in films.
- He is a qualified personal fitness instructor and lifeguard.
- He was awarded BAFTA’s Orange Rising Star Award in 2009.
- He created a comic series in 2015 called The Troop for Titan Comics.
- His production company, Unstoppable Entertainment, has an open submissions policy.