I May Destroy You was the big winner at this year’s Bafta Television awards, winning best mini-series and leading actress for Michaela Coel.
The awards were handed out last night (June 6) at a socially-distanced physical event in London, with some winners collecting awards in person and others accepting remotely. Richard Ayoade was hosting.
Coel was the creator, writer, co-director, star and executive producer of I May Destroy You, about a woman who seeks to rebuild her life after a sexual assault.
Accepting her awards, she paid tribute to the show’s crew and intimacy co-ordinator Ita O’Brien. “I know what it’s like to shoot without an intimacy director – the messy, embarrassing feeling for the crew, the internal devastation for the actor,” said Coel.
The wins for I May Destroy You follow its three Bafta Television craft awards in May.
First-time nominee Paul Mescal picked up leading actor for Normal People. Malachi Kirby and Rakie Ayola won the supporting actor awards for Small Axe and Anthony respectively.
Sky’s Save Me Too, created by and starring Lennie James, won drama series award. BBC windrush drama Sitting In Limbo picked up the single drama prize.