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Michaela Coel Biography

Birth Name:
Michaela Ewuraba Boakye-Collinson
Birth Place:
London, England
Actor, writer, producer, director, singer, poet

Fast Facts

  • Daughter of Ghanaian parents
  • Her parents separated before she was born, and was raised by her mother
  • Studied at Prima del Teatro and Theatre Royal Stratford East
  • Performed in poetry open mics under the name Michaela The Poet
  • Playwright Ché Walker encouraged her to study acting
  • Wore a Kente cloth dress designned by her mother to attend the 2016 BAFTA Awards


  • 2021Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie: nominated
  • 2021Emmy-Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Dramatic Special: winner
  • 2016BAFTA Television Awards-Best Female Performance In A Comedy Programme: winner


  • Jasmine -- Sister