Noel Anthony Clarke (born 6 December 1975) is a British actor, screenwriter, director and comic book writer. Rising to prominence for playing Mickey Smith in Doctor Who (2005–2010), he played Sam in the films Kidulthood (2006), Adulthood (2008) and Brotherhood (2016), which he also wrote and directed. He played Aaron Bishop in the TV series Bulletproof (2018–2021), which he also wrote and produced.
Noel Anthony Clarke
6 December 1975
Making his film debut in I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003), Clarke has gone on to star in films including Centurion (2010), 22.214.171.124. (2010), Fast Girls (2012), Storage 24 (2012), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), I Am Soldier (2014), The Anomaly (2014), I Kill Giants (2017), Mute (2018), 10x10 (2018), The Corrupted (2019), Twist (2021) and SAS: Red Notice (2021), some of which he also wrote, directed or produced.
In 2015, Clarke founded the company Unstoppable Film and Television with friend and fellow actor Jason Maza, and they have written, directed and starred in several productions.
Clarke won the Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Performer in 2003, the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award in 2009 and received the BAFTA Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award in 2021. The latter was suspended on 29 April 2021, however, in the wake of allegations of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual misconduct by 26 different women.
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 in Ladbroke Grove 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.
Clarke 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.
Clarke's 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, 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".
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." Kidulthood earned £1,209,319 during the opening weekend of its release. 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 2009, Clarke was awarded a BAFTA award in the category of Orange Rising Star Award. 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. In 2010, he signed a deal with Icon.
He also played the role of A.J., opposite Jim Sturgess, in Philip Ridley's film, Heartless. Clarke has worked with BBC Blast, a project for teenagers that aims to inspire and get people being creative. Shortly after winning his BAFTA he gave a talk to inspire young people telling them to "broaden your mind".
His next project, 126.96.36.199., a heist movie, was released on 2 June 2010, and starred Tamsin Egerton, Emma Roberts, Shanika Warren-Markland and Adam Deacon. The film was shot in London and New York. He 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.
Clarke lives in London with his wife Iris (née Da-Silva), with whom he has three children.
In 2015, Clarke's former co-star Adam Deacon was banned by West London Magistrates' Court from contacting Clarke after Deacon was found guilty of harassment without violence due to sending a "barrage" of abusive social media messages. The pair reportedly fell out in 2010, and among the messages he sent out, Deacon also accused Clarke of "bullying" him and "sabotaging" his career.
Sexual misconduct allegationsEdit
On 29 April 2021, The Guardian published allegations by 20 women of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment by Clarke; by the following day, The Guardian had spoken to a further six women with allegations against Clarke. One of the accusations is that he filmed a nude audition by Jahannah James without her consent and showed it to a producer who worked for him. The same producer accuses him of exposing his genitals to her in the back of a car and groping her in a lift the next day. The actress Jing Lusi, who appeared with Clarke in the movie SAS: Red Notice alleges that he sexually propositioned and threatened her. Other women allege that Clarke pressured them to perform sex scenes nude, and grew angry if they refused.
In response to the claims, BAFTA announced it was suspending his membership and his Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award. The following day, ITV announced that it would not broadcast the final episode of Viewpoint, in which Clarke starred, and international distribution of the series was suspended. Industry Entertainment declared they would no longer be representing Clarke and Sky immediately halted his involvement in any future productions.
Clarke issued a statement through the PA news agency denying "any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing" but conceding that one allegation was true, that he had repeatedly made remarks on the buttocks of an employee, Helen Atherton, who was art director on Brotherhood. Clarke apologised and said he was seeking professional help "to change for the better".
On 7 May 2021, Clarke was accused by five more women of sexual harassment on the set of Doctor Who and at a promotional event relating to the show. One of these accusations was made by an anonymous actor who said that Clarke "made advances on me" and asked her regularly if she "wanted a piece of his dark chocolate". She explained that when she rejected his advances, Clarke badmouthed her to people in the industry. Clarke denied these allegations. Sky and production company Vertigo Films said they would no longer go ahead with any further series of Bulletproof.
Filmography (as an actor)Edit
|2003||I'll Sleep When I'm Dead||Cyril|
|2008||Adulthood||Sam Peel||Writer and director|
|2010||Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll||Desmond / Sparky|
|188.8.131.52.||Tee||Writer and co-director|
|2013||Star Trek Into Darkness||Thomas Harewood|
|2014||I Am Soldier||Staff Sergeant Carter|
|The Anomaly||Ryan||Producer and director|
|2015||The Throwaways||Erik Williamson|
|2016||The Habit of Beauty||Stuart|
|Brotherhood||Sam Peel||Writer and director|
|2017||I Kill Giants||Mr. Mollé|
|10x10||Dennis||Writer and producer|
|The Corrupted||DS Neil Beckett|
|2020||Bulletproof: The Interrogation||Aaron Bishop|
|SAS: Red Notice||Major Bisset|
|2000||The Bill||Lennie Cox||1 episode|
|2001||Judge John Deed||Adam||1 episode|
|Waking the Dead||Extra||Uncredited, 1 episode|
|Casualty||Danny Oldfield||3 episodes|
|2002–2004||Auf Wiedersehen, Pet||Wyman Norris||14 episodes|
|2003||Adventure Inc.||Mike Reed||1 episode|
|Doctors||Jim Baker||1 episode|
|2004||Holby City||Shaun O'Connor||3 episodes|
|A Touch of Frost||Kenny||1 episode|
|2005–2010||Doctor Who||Mickey Smith||14 episodes|
|2005–2010||Doctor Who Confidential||Himself||10 episodes|
|2006||Doctor Who||Ricky Smith||2 episodes|
|Tardisodes||Ricky Smith||1 episode|
|Jane Hall||Steve Heaney||2 episodes|
|2007||Dubplate Drama||Hostel manager|
|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|
|The Throwaways||Erik||4 episodes|
|2016||The Level||Gunner Martin||6 episodes|
|2017||Urban Myths||Muhammed Ali||Episode: "The Greatest. Of All Time."|
|Who Do You Think You Are?||Himself||1 episode|
|2018||Inside No. 9||Gordon||Episode: "And the Winner Is..."|
|2018–2021||Bulletproof||NCA Officer Aaron Bishop||Co-creator, 15 episodes|
|2020||The Adventures of Paddington||PC Wells||Episode: "Paddington Finds a Pigeon"|
|2021||Viewpoint||DC Martin King||5 episodes|
|Take 2||Jamal / Cornelius|
|2002||The Last Angel||Kid|
|Licks||David||Writer and producer|
|2009||Reign of Death||Joe Digby|
|2012||What If||The Angel|
- 2003: Where Do We Live at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court
Awards and nominationsEdit
|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|
|Screen Nation Film and Television Awards||Achievement in Film Production||Won|
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