Michaela Coel Dedicates ‘I May Destroy You’ Win To ‘Essential’ Intimacy Coordinator

  • Written by Cole Delbyck
  • Published on 7th June 2021
DAVID M. BENETT VIA GETTY IMAGES. Michaela Coel, winner of the Best Actress award for “I May Destroy You,” poses in the Winners Room at the British Academy Television Awards.
  • While stateside awards shows haven’t been as quick to give Michaela Coel her due (and, in the case of the Golden Globes, subsequently imploded after snubbing the creator), at least the Brits have the good sense to lavish trophies on home-grown talent.
  • At the 2021 TV BAFTA TV Awards on Sunday night, Coel triumphed in multiple categories, taking home wins for her masterwork “I May Destroy You,” the HBO series partly inspired by her own sexual assault, which has been universally praised for its bracing exploration of consent and trauma.
  • Accepting the BAFTA trophy for Leading Actress on stage at London’s Television Centre, Coel dedicated the award to the show’s “essential” intimacy coordinator, Ita O’Brien, who helped the creator safely bring nuanced and realistic depictions of assault to the screen. 


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