BAFTA have announced that award-winning actor, producer, writer, and director Noel Clarke, will receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the 74th EE British Academy Film Awards. The award will be presented on Saturday 10 April as part of the EE BAFTA Film Awards Opening Night ceremony in London.

From his very first TV appearance over two decades ago in the ground-breaking Channel 4 series, ‘Metrosexuality’, Noel Clarke has played a pivotal role in bringing diversity to British screens in front and behind the camera and pushing under-represented talent and stories to the forefront of cinema and television. He wrote and starred in the cult phenomenon feature film Hood trilogy, ‘Kidulthood’, ‘Adulthood’ and ‘Brotherhood’, of which he directed the latter two. The award-winning films focused on the lives of troubled teenagers turned adults living in West London. Clarke is likely best known for his performance in ‘Dr. Who’ as Mickey Smith.

It seems that Clarke’s journey with the BAFTAs has actually come full circle now as the actor once received the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2009.

The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award is one of BAFTA’s highest honours. It is presented annually in honour of Michael Balcon, the British film producer known for his work with Ealing Studios. Andy Serkis was the recipient at the 2020 Film Awards. Previous recipients include Ridley and Tony Scott, Film4 Productions and John Hurt.

Discussing the award, Clarke commented, “Thank you BAFTA for this acknowledgment and recognition of my work over the past two decades. I will endeavour to continue to make ground-breaking work and open doors for underrepresented people that may not often get a chance.”

This year, the EE British Academy Film Awards will be celebrated across the weekend of 10 and 11 April. Two shows, recognising the very best in film of the past year, will be broadcast virtually from London’s Royal Albert Hall.  The first show, celebrating the craft of film, will be broadcast on Saturday 10 April on BBC Two.  The show on Sunday 11 April will be broadcast on BBC One.