Noel Clarke

Noel Anthony Clarke (born 6 December 1975)[1] is an English actor, screenwriter, director, and comic book writer from London. He became known for playing Mickey Smith in Doctor Who.[2] Clarke appeared in and wrote the screenplay for Kidulthood and wrote, directed, and starred in the sequels, Adulthood and Brotherhood,[3] which earned £1,209,319 during the opening weekend of its release.[4] Clarke won the Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Performer in 2003 and was awarded a BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award in 2009.[5]

Noel Clarke
Noel Clarke at the BAFTA Film Awards 2015.jpg
Clarke at the 68th British Academy Film Awards in 2015
Born (1975-12-06) 6 December 1975 (age 44)
  • Actor
  • writer
  • producer
  • director
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Iris Da-Silva

Personal lifeEdit

Clarke was born in Notting Hill, West London, to Trinidadian parents Gemma (née Clarke), a nurse and part-time laundrette worker, and Alphaeus Baptiste "Alf" Clarke, a carpenter. He has an older half-brother. His parents divorced shortly after he was born, and he was brought up by his mother on a council estate on Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill, where his mother still lives. In 2018, when appearing on the BBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?, Clarke discovered that his maternal great-grandparents emigrated to Trinidad from Saint Vincent, while his paternal grandmother, Menelvia Clarke (née Bedeau), emigrated there from Grenada.[6]

Clarke studied Media at the University of North London, and worked as a personal trainer before going on to take acting classes at London's Actors Centre.[7]

Clarke lives in London with his wife Iris (née Da-Silva), with whom he has three children.[8]


He has had recurring television roles as Wyman Norris in the revived series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (2002–2004) and as Mickey Smith in the first two series of the revival of the BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who (2005–2006). He became the series' first black companion in the episode "School Reunion", and reprised his role as Mickey in the episode "Journey's End" in 2008 and in 2010 in "The End of Time" Part 2, and also starred in the Doctor Who audio series Dalek Empire: The Fearless, which was released from September to December 2007.[9]

His other television work includes appearances in Casualty and Metrosexuality. He has also acted on the stage, and won the Laurence Olivier Award for "Most Promising Newcomer" in 2003 for his performance in the play Where Do We Live at the Royal Court Theatre. Clarke starred in the film Doghouse,[10] directed by Jake West and produced by Carnaby Films International. The film was shot primarily in Midhurst, a small town in West Sussex, on the grounds of the old King Edward VII Hospital. He also participated in Neil Marshall's film Centurion, about which Clarke said, "it's about the Roman Legion and I'm one of the soldiers".[11]

Clarke began his writing career in 2005 when he wrote the screenplay for the film Kidulthood which was released in 2006. He also directed and starred in the sequel, Adulthood, which was released in 2008. On directing his first film, Clarke described his experience, "Directing for the first time was definitely a challenge and tiring at times. It was a steep learning curve and if you're willing to do stuff and go with it, then it pays off."[12] His other writing credits include "Combat" which is an episode of the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood, and West 10 LDN, a pilot for BBC Three which is about kids on a rough housing estate.

In 2008, he starred in the video for The Prodigy single "Invaders Must Die".[13]

In 2009, Clarke was awarded a BAFTA award in the category of Orange Rising Star Award.[14] As a result of the success of Kidulthood, Adulthood, and his BAFTA win, he was ranked at number 83 in the MediaGuardian 100, an annual ranking of media people in The Guardian.[15]

He also played the role of A.J., opposite Jim Sturgess, in Philip Ridley's cult film, Heartless. Clarke has worked with BBC Blast, a project for teenagers that aims to inspire and get people being creative. Shortly after his BAFTA win he gave a talk to inspire young people telling them to "broaden your mind".[16] His next project,, a heist movie, was released on 2 June 2010, and starred Tamsin Egerton, Emma Roberts and Adam Deacon. The film was shot in London and New York.[17] He has also played an uncredited role in 2012's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance as a priest. The scene was cut from the movie, but can be seen in the Deleted Scenes in the Special Features of the DVD.[citation needed] He played Thomas Harewood in Star Trek Into Darkness, a family man with a wife and a young daughter.[18][19] The film was released on 15 May 2013.[20]

In 2015, Clarke created a short-lived superhero series, The Troop, for Titan Comics. The first issue was released in December 2015,[21] and received critical acclaim.[22][23][24][25]

In 2016, Clarke wrote, directed, and starred in Brotherhood, a sequel to Adulthood that went on to earn £1.98m in its opening week.[26][27]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Native Victor
1999 Take 2 Jamal / Cornelius
2002 The Last Angel Kid
2002 Licks David Writer and producer
2003 I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Cyril
2006 Plastic Jock
2006 Kidulthood Sam Peel Writer
2008 Adulthood Sam Peel Writer and director
2009 Reign of Death Joe Digby
2009 Heartless AJ
2009 Doghouse Mikey
2010 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Desmond / Sparky
2010 Centurion Macros
2010 Tee Writer and co-director
2010 Huge Clark
2011 Race Against Time Narrator
2011 Screwed Truman
2012 Radio 1 Movie Executive producer
2012 The Knot Peter Writer
2012 Fast Girls Tommy Writer
2012 Storage 24 Charlie Writer
2012 Bliss! Mark Wilson
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Thomas Harewood
2013 Saving Santa Snowy
2014 I Am Soldier Staff Sergeant Carter
2014 The Anomaly Ryan Producer and director
2015 The Throwaways Erik Williamson
2016 Brotherhood Sam Peel Writer and director[28]
2017 I Kill Giants Mr. Mollé
2018 Mute Stuart
2018 10x10 Dennis Writer and producer
2019 Fishermen's Friends Troy
2019 The Corrupted DS Neil Beckett
2020 Twist Brownlow Post-Production; Also producer
TBA SAS: Red Notice Major Bisset Post-Production
TBA Parenthood Sam Peel Writer and director


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Metrosexuality Kwame O'Rielly
2000 The Bill Lennie Cox 1 episode
2001 Judge John Deed Adam 1 episode
2001 Waking the Dead Extra Uncredited
1 episode
2001 Casualty Danny Oldfield 3 episodes
2002–2004 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Wyman Norris 14 episodes
2003 Adventure Inc. Mike Reed 1 episode
2003 Doctors Jim Baker 1 episode
2004 Holby City Shaun O'Connor 3 episodes
2004 A Touch of Frost Kenny 1 episode
2005–2010 Doctor Who Mickey Smith Recurring role
2005–2010 Doctor Who Confidential Himself 10 episodes
2006 Tardisodes Mickey Smith Ricky Smith (episode 5)
2006 Jane Hall Steve Heaney 2 episodes
2006 Torchwood Writer of episode: "'Combat"
2007 Dubplate Drama Hostel manager
2007 The Weakest Link Himself Doctor Who special
2008 West 10 LDN Michael Writer
2012 What If The Angel
2014 The Assets Mack 2 episodes
2015 Chasing Shadows DI Carl Prior 4 episodes
2015 The Throwaways Erik 4 episodes
2016 The Level Gunner Martin 6 episodes
2017 Urban Myths Muhammed Ali Episode: "The Greatest. Of All Time."
2017 Who Do You Think You Are? Himself 1 episode
2018 Inside No. 9 Gordon Episode: "And the Winner Is..."
2018–present Bulletproof NCA Detective Aaron Bishop All 15 episodes, co-Creator
2020 The Adventures of Paddington PC Wells Episode: "Paddington Finds a Pigeon/Paddington and the Chores List "


  • 2003: Where Do We Live at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2003 Laurence Olivier Awards Most Promising Performer Where Do We Live Won
2006 Dinard British Film Festival Best Screenplay Kidulthood Won
2009 BAFTA Awards Rising Star Award Won
2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival Audience Award The Anomaly Nominated
2017 National Film Awards UK Action Brotherhood Won
Best Director Nominated
Screen Nation Film and Television Awards Achievement in Film Production Won


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  21. ^ "The Troop No. 1 (Preview)". Comic Book 30 November 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
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