Noel Clarke’s Kidulthood co-star Adam Deacon today declared he believed ‘every single word’ of 20 women accusing the actor of being a sexual predator over an alleged 15 year campaign of abuse.

Mr Deacon also accused his former friend of being a ‘sociopath’ guilty of ‘gas-lighting’ him to such an extent that he had a nervous breakdown. 

Clarke’s career is on the rocks and he is facing a possible police investigation after at least 20 women came forward to describe years of abuse. They accused Clarke of sexual harassment, unwanted groping, bullying and forcing actors to take part in nude auditions between 2004 and 2019.

Clarke, a married father-of-three who is best known for the Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood trilogy, and who also appeared in Doctor Who, has denied the accusations but said he will seek ‘professional help’.

In a lengthy Twitter post Mr Deacon, who was found guilty of harassing Clarke in 2015, said today: ‘I would like to start by saying I stand by all the women who have spoken out and told of their harrowing experiences with Noel Clarke.

‘I wholeheartedly believe every single word and I hope that anyone who is yet to come forward with information will be listened to.

‘I myself have been a victim of Noel Clarke for 15 years. My career was continually sabotaged and the gas lighting became so severe that it led to the complete breakdown of my mental health.

Noel Clarke and Adam Deacon appearing in Adulthood together, released in 2008. The friends fell out badly afterwards

Mr Deacon has backed the women and said he was also vindicated after Clarke's fall from grace

Mr Deacon has backed the women and said he was also vindicated after Clarke’s fall from grace

‘As you will know, I have spoken out regarding this man’s sociopathic behaviour on multiple occasions but my claims were always dismissed. People dealing with mental health may at times explain things differently but they should still be believed.

Deacon has also posted a message on Instagram which said: 'Karma. No need for revenge. Just sit back and wait. Those who hurt you eventually screw up themselves and if you are lucky, god will let you watch'

Deacon has also posted a message on Instagram which said: ‘Karma. No need for revenge. Just sit back and wait. Those who hurt you eventually screw up themselves and if you are lucky, god will let you watch’

‘I am extremely grateful for all the support that I have been shown over the last few days. While recent events have served as a small vindication for me I am beyond saddened by the pain that so many people have had to endure at the hands of Noel Clarke.

‘I am now looking towards a fresh start and focusing all my time and energy on my acting career.’

He fell out with Clarke when the Bafta award-winning star claimed that Deacon had ‘infringed on copyright’ by calling his 2010 spoof film Anuvahood.

Clarke, 45,  went onto accuse Deacon of waging an online trolling campaign against him, claiming at the 2015 trial that the 38-year-old had made death threats.

Deacon was found guilty of harassment without violence, banned from contacting Clarke and ordered to pay £500. 

Clarke had set in motion Deacon’s acting career, picking him to star in Kidulthood, released in 2006, and Adulthood, which came out two years later.

When Deacon later decided to make a spin-off, Clarke supported him but insisted he not use the name Anuvahood.

Deacon made the movie and won a Bafta for it, but the pair ended up at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court in 2015 as their row escalated, with Clarke accusing him of harassment.

Deacon denied the allegation, claiming instead the Clarke was trying to sabotage his career.  

In one message to Clarke, Deacon had sent a picture of his former co-star’s children with a gun emoji pasted onto it. 

‘It is a death threat isn’t it, really? If we are being honest,’ Clarke told the court in 2015.

Clarke said: ‘I supported him with that [contract] as long as he didn’t call that film Anuvahood which is what he did.

‘Since that point we haven’t spoken every now and again I would receive a barrage of abuse but essentially nothing massive happened until 2014 when I started getting massive abuse every time I opened my [Twitter] account to see people calling me a bully.

‘He released a barrage of abuse in a blog for on Instagram claiming I’d been bullying him for as long as he could remember and claiming I had stopped him getting an agent in the business.

‘None of these things were true in any way, shape or form, but things just continued from there. Many of his fans believed the lies and were abusing me via Twitter.’ 

Deacon and Clarke, pictured in 2008 in Adulthood, clashed in court where Clarke accused his former friend of death threats in a court case seven years later

Deacon and Clarke, pictured in 2008 in Adulthood, clashed in court where Clarke accused his former friend of death threats in a court case seven years later

Actress Jahannah James, a star in one of Clarke's hit movies, Brotherhood, is one of his alleged victims named in the Guardian

Actress Jahannah James, a star in one of Clarke’s hit movies, Brotherhood, is one of his alleged victims named in the Guardian

Actress and producer Philippa Crabb, who is also one of the 20 alleged victims named by The Guardian, shared an Instagram story posted by her relative of the newspaper's front page

Actress and producer Philippa Crabb, who is also one of the 20 alleged victims named by The Guardian, shared an Instagram story posted by her relative of the newspaper’s front page

Deacon’s lawyer argued that he was ‘profoundly ill’ and suffering a ‘full mental breakdown’ at the time of the abuse.

Clarke pictured with his wife, former make-up artist Iris Da Silva, at the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall in February 2017

Clarke pictured with his wife, former make-up artist Iris Da Silva, at the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall in February 2017

He had used ‘skunk cannabis as a form of self medication,’ the lawyer said.

Actress Jahannah James, a star in one of Clarke’s hit movies, Brotherhood, is one of his alleged victims named in the Guardian, claiming she was secretly filmed doing a naked audition that was so upsetting she still cries ‘years later’. She tweeted on Friday: ‘Bafta knew about the allegations before his award and decided they didn’t believe it’.  

A film producer, and friend of Jahannah, claims he admitted he had planned to ‘f**k her then fire her’ her before groping her in a lift as well as exposing himself while driving together in LA, while another actress allegedly propositioned by Clarke described it as her ‘#metoo moment’, a nod to the victims of Harvey Weinstein.

But Clarke’s friend said: ‘If he was a white film director and middle-class, he would be knighted by now, I’m sure of it. I know him and he’s a dear friend and a wonderful person and what he’s done for the film industry is second-to-none. I know exactly who he is and I think he’s being vilified, absolutely vilified’. Asked if she thought there was a racial element to the furore, she replied: ‘100 per cent. Nobody likes it, do they, when a man of colour, and from that class background, gets to the top’.  

Actress and producer Philippa Crabb, who is also one of the 20 alleged victims named by The Guardian, shared an Instagram story posted by her relative of the newspaper’s front page.

The original post read: ‘Finally. Waited six years for this day’, to which Philippa responded: ‘Literally. Sorry if I haven’t replied to you – my inbox is bursting with messages of support and it’s all pretty overwhelming, but I appreciate you all SO much.’

Sky has halted all work with Clarke and cancelled filming of his new show Bulletproof over sexual harassment claims – before ITV axed Friday night’s final episode of thriller Viewpoint after criticism of its ‘crass’ decision to air a sex scene with him on Thursday night.

And his Bulletproof co-star Ashley Walters, posted a statement on social media supporting his alleged victims. He tweeted:  ‘My thoughts are with the women who have come forward and told their awful stories, I am in shock and deeply saddened by what I have heard on a multitude of levels.

‘I could never condone behaviour of this nature neither in nor out of the workplace, and whilst Noel has been a friend and colleague for several years, I cannot standby and ignore these allegations. Sexual harassment, abuse and bullying have no place in our industry. Every woman has the right to a safe workplace and moving forward I pledge my dedication to this.’

Bafta has suspended his membership after women in the film and TV industry accused him of sexual harassment, groping and bullying between 2004 and 2019. The academy said in a statement it had also suspended his outstanding British contribution to cinema award, which he was handed earlier this month at the Royal Albert Hall, until further notice. 

The comments came as 20 women made claims about his conduct, which he denies. His alleged victims claimed: 

  • One woman, who worked as a producer alongside Clarke between 2014 and 2017, alleged that the actor had secretly filmed a naked audition of another woman and bragged about it. She also claimed Clarke exposed himself to her in a car before groping her in a lift the next day. She claims he admitted he initially wanted to ‘f**k and fire her’;
  • According to several accounts, Clarke showed colleagues sexually explicit photos and videos of women, or implied he had access to them. He was also accused of unsolicited sharing of sexually explicit images.
  • Other women have alleged that the actor would subject them to unwanted physical contact, which included kissing or groping.
  • Another, who as a teenager starred in Kidulthood, Clarke’s debut film, said one day near the start of filming he ‘put his tongue in my mouth’ and afterwards would constantly grab her and try to kiss her.   
Miss James (pictured) is claiming she was secretly filmed doing a naked audition for Brotherhood that was so upsetting she still cries 'years later'

Miss James (pictured) is claiming she was secretly filmed doing a naked audition for Brotherhood that was so upsetting she still cries 'years later'

Miss James (pictured left and right) is claiming she was secretly filmed doing a naked audition for Brotherhood that was so upsetting she still cries ‘years later’

Jahannah insists Bafta knew about the claims before they gave him his lifetime achievement award just over a fortnight ago

Jahannah insists Bafta knew about the claims before they gave him his lifetime achievement award just over a fortnight ago

Noel Clarke on stage with Camille Coduri during a Doctor Who event where he pretended a microphone was a penis on her shoulder in a film that emerged as he was accused of abuse by 20 women, which he denies

Noel Clarke on stage with Camille Coduri during a Doctor Who event where he pretended a microphone was a penis on her shoulder in a film that emerged as he was accused of abuse by 20 women, which he denies

The claims were levelled against Clarke, 45, best known for appearing in Doctor Who and for co-creating The Hood Trilogy, in The Guardian

Bafta has suspended Noel Clarke’s membership following allegations of misconduct. The claims were levelled against Clarke in The Guardian. Pictured: the actor posing with the award for the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema in London on April 10

Noel Clarke: The Rags to riches Kidulthood star from Ladbrooke Grove who had ‘no choice’ but to write his own roles after realising he’d never land the jobs he wanted as a black actor 

Noel Clarke always felt an outsider in the British film industry, claiming he wasn’t ever welcomed.  

But just last month he was welcomed by Bafta and handed a Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema in London on April 10. 

Clarke lives in the capital with his wife, former make-up artist Iris Da Silva, and their three children with an estimated fortune of £3million.

Noel rose to fame with the The Hood Trilogy, semi-biographical films about life in West London where he grew up.

He said recently that he had to write his own roles after realising he’d never land the jobs he wanted as a black actor 

From 2006-2016 Noel wrote, directed and starred in the acclaimed trilogy of films Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood. 

The well-received movies follow a group of teenagers as they navigate life outside the law in Ladbroke Grove, West London.

Noel told Interview magazine: ‘I grew up in Ladbroke Grove… which sounds really glamorous now, but at the time it wasn’t very glamorous.’

‘In the ’60s and late ’50s, it was a place where they shoved a lot of the black people that were coming over.’

And, in 2007, Noel set up his own production company Unstoppable Entertainment to try and promote more diversity in the film and TV industry.

He started the venture with his fellow actor Jason Maza, 33, who he later collaborated with on the next series he wrote – Bulletproof, which starred himself and Ashley Walters.

The pair originally struggled to get the show commissioned and Noel told Sky News at the time he didn’t ‘think the country was ready’ for their positive depiction of two black lead characters.

Noel recently accepted his BAFTA Award after being praised for his TV show Bulletproof and the film series Kidulthood which sees black working class characters take centre stage.

The former Doctor Who star’s prize came after he received the Rising Star Award in 2009.

Despite his huge success, with his ITV series Viewpoint set to begin later this month, Noel said he still feels like an outsider in the industry.

He added: ‘This is about class. My films aren’t [deemed] worthy. They’re written, directed and acted by working-class people and they’re about working-class people… For 20 years, I’ve been made to feel like I do not belong.

‘The business has always tried to say I don’t belong and push me out. I won’t sit here and lay blame on people, because it’s here’ – at this point he taps his head – ‘but that’s part of what fuels me’. 

Bafta’s letter to its membership stated: ‘We want to reassure you that we have treated this matter with the utmost seriousness, care and proper process at every stage.

‘The Bafta board of trustees has remained right across this matter, has met a number of times and are fully supportive of all actions taken.

‘The allegations against Mr Clarke are extremely serious and the behaviour they allege are contrary to Bafta’s values and everything it stands for.

‘But no matter how abhorrent these allegations are, they cannot be dealt with without due process.

‘Bafta is an arts charity that is not in a position to properly investigate such matters.’

Bafta added it put in place an ‘independent, appropriately qualified person’ alleged victims could speak to.

The letter concluded: ‘We very much regret that women felt unable to provide us with the kind of first-hand testimony that has now appeared in The Guardian.

‘Had we been in receipt of this, we would never have presented the award to Noel Clarke.’

Clarke’s agent and manager, both at 42M&P, said they no longer represent him. 

The actor and director, 45, who is married to former make-up artist Iris Da Silva with three children, wrote and starred in the acclaimed film trilogy Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood as well as many TV hits including Doctor Who. 

But he has been rocked by allegations by women that he has worked with that he is an alleged ‘sexual predator’, who claim he harassed, groped and bullied at work, which he denied in a statement from his lawyers.  He said he ‘sincerely apologised’ to colleagues who felt ‘uncomfortable or disrespected’, but slammed claims of sexual misconduct or wrongdoing as ‘false allegations’. The incidents don’t appear to have been reported to police.

As the allegations emerged, a video from 2019 surfaced online showing Clarke on stage during a Doctor Who Q&A with fans where he joked about actor John Barrowman’s alleged proclivity for getting his penis out on set. Barrowman had apologised publicly after a similar incident on BBC Switch.

Clarke’s two female co-stars Annette Badland and Camille Coduri are seen as he uses microphone as a prop phallus, hitting them on their legs and even resting it on Camille’s shoulders, with viewers saying they were ‘squirming while watching’. 

Clarke says: ‘For the record, any men out there, do not try that at work. You will be fired and possibly go to jail.’ 

It has also emerged that Clarke once tweeted a photo of a couple having sex after snapping them through the window of his apartment. 

The star shared an image of the ‘doggy style’ couple in 2014, seven years before starring as a snooper policeman in ITV drama Viewpoint.

He tweeted at the time: ‘You can just about see the doggy style portion of events. Phone makes it look so far away. It wasn’t.’

The sexual harassment claims were levelled against Clarke, best known for co-creating The Hood Trilogy, in The Guardian

Clarke vehemently denied the allegations in a statement to the newspaper, which claims it informed Bafta of the allegations by the 20 women 13 days before they handed him his outstanding contribution award on April 10.  

The allegations emerged on Thursday night, just before his new crime drama Viewpoint was due to air on ITV. Noel, 45, plays main character DC Martin Young, but the broadcaster, which was said to be in crisis mode, resisted calls to pull it, despite a sex scene involving him at the end of the episode. 

Noel Clarke photographed couple having sex: Star hit by groping and bullying claims shared Twitter snap of ‘doggy style’ pair through window during Hawaii holiday

Noel Clarke, who has been hit with groping and bullying claims, shared an image of the 'doggy style' couple in 2014

Noel Clarke, who has been hit with groping and bullying claims, shared an image of the ‘doggy style’ couple in 2014

Noel Clarke once tweeted a photo of a couple having sex after snapping them through the window of his apartment.

The star, who has been hit with groping and bullying claims, shared an image of the ‘doggy style’ couple in 2014, seven years before starring as a snooper policeman in ITV drama Viewpoint.

He tweeted at the time: ‘You can just about see the doggy style portion of events. Phone makes it look so far away. It wasn’t.’

The actor is believed to have been on holiday in Hawaii at the time.

One viewer tweeted: ‘This should definitely have been pulled tonight and should be taken off itvplayer until this is settled’. Another wrote: ‘It featured a sex scene involving… him. Absolutely shouldn’t have been broadcast’. 

He said: ‘In a 20-year career, I have put inclusivity and diversity at the forefront of my work and never had a complaint made against me. 

‘If anyone who has worked with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I sincerely apologise. I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself against these false allegations.’

The Guardian has spent months investigating the allegations. 

Actress Jahannah James, a star in one of Clarke’s hit movies, Brotherhood, is one of his alleged victims named in the Guardian. She has shared the article on Twitter, adding: ‘Bafta knew about the allegations before his award and decided they didn’t believe it’.

A former friend of Clarke’s and a movie producer, told Miss James that he had secretly filmed her during a naked audition.

James told the newspaper: ‘I was told 100% it was not going to be on camera,’ adding she was told that it was a practice run to ensure ‘she wasn’t going to ‘bottle it’ on the day’.

She added: ‘I was so upset. Now, years later, I still cry when I talk about it. I want people to know, because I hate the idea that he can secretly film young actresses – who have no idea that they’re not supposed to be getting naked in auditions – and go on to get a Bafta’.

Through his lawyers Clarke denied the claims were true. A casting director present told the Guardian there was ‘absolutely no way’ it would have been secretly filmed or covert.

Another woman in the film industry told the Guardian that on a 2015 trip to LA with Clarke he exposed himself in a car, and she said to him: ‘Noel that’s not right’

She claims they went for lunch the following day and she claims: ‘He told me I made him feel like an old man’. But later she claims he groped her in a lift saying he had said he had now got ‘what he was owed’, as she ‘pushed him away’.

The woman claims he also told her that he had planned ‘to f**k her and fire her’. She also claims that he had said he would ‘brag’ about ‘storing sexually explicit pictures and videos on his hard drive, including footage he told her he had secretly filmed during naked auditions’, according to the Guardian.

Through his lawyers, Clarke denied he ever sexually harassed her, and denied all her allegations. 

Clarke as Mickey and Billie Piper as Rose in a Christmas episode for BBC One's Doctor Who

Clarke as Mickey and Billie Piper as Rose in a Christmas episode for BBC One’s Doctor Who 

Paul Ritter as Leonard Vance, Alex Kingston as Ruth Hattersley, Reece Shearsmith as DS Sean Stone and Clarke as DCI Carl Prior in the TV programme 'Chasing Shadows'

Paul Ritter as Leonard Vance, Alex Kingston as Ruth Hattersley, Reece Shearsmith as DS Sean Stone and Clarke as DCI Carl Prior in the TV programme ‘Chasing Shadows’

Clarke as DC Martin Young in Viewpoint, which is a British ITV five-part drama. He co-founded his own production company, Unstoppable Entertainment, in 2007

Clarke as DC Martin Young in Viewpoint, which is a British ITV five-part drama. He co-founded his own production company, Unstoppable Entertainment, in 2007

The women accusing Noel Clarke of harassment, voyeurism groping and bullying

The actress 

Actress Jahann’ah James, a star in one of Clarke’s hit movies, Brotherhood (pictured together), is one of his alleged victims named in the Guardian. She has shared the article on Twitter, adding: ‘Bafta knew about the allegations before his award and decided they didn’t believe it’.

A former friend of Clarke’s and a movie producer, told Miss James that he had secretly filmed her during a naked audition.

James told the newspaper said: ‘I was told 100% it was not going to be on camera,’ adding she was told that it was a practice run to ensure ‘she wasn’t going to ‘bottle it’ on the day’.

She added: ‘I was so upset. Now, years later, I still cry when I talk about it. I want people to know, because I hate the idea that he can secretly film young actresses – who have no idea that they’re not supposed to be getting naked in auditions – and go on to get a Bafta’. Clarke denied the claims were true. 

The producer 

Another woman in the film industry told the Guardian that on a 2015 trip to LA with Clarke he exposed himself in a car, and she said to him: ‘Noel that’s not right’

She claims they went for lunch the following day and she claims: ‘He told me I made him feel like an old man’. But later she claims he groped her in a lift saying he had said he had now got ‘what he was owed’, as she ‘pushed him away’.

The woman claims he also told her that he had planned ‘to f**k her and fire her’. She also claims that he had said he would ‘brag’ about ‘storing sexually explicit pictures and videos on his hard drive, including footage he told her he had secretly filmed during naked auditions’, according to the Guardian.

Through his lawyers, Clarke denied he ever sexually harassed her, and denied all her allegations.

The production assistant 

A production assistant, who worked on Brotherhood, claims she once saw Clarke in the office, surrounded by a group of people who were ‘sniggering and looking at me’.

She told the Guardian ‘she remembers the image of her knickers on Clarke’s phone’, adding she believed the picture was taken when she did the splits at a party.

She said she went to grab the phone and it fell on the phone and smashed. Clarke then sent her to a repair shop to get it fixed, she said, adding: ‘It was the final act of humiliation’. Clarke strongly denies the allegations.

Leila, not her real name, claims she was subjected to an unwanted sexual contact from Clarke in a storage room on set, saying: ‘He is a bully as well as a sexual predator’. Clarke strongly denies the allegations.

An intern on the film Doghouse, which Clarke starred in, said he ‘started trying to kiss me on the lips, in front of everyone’, which she resisted. ‘He probably tried it like three to five times with me, maybe more,’ she said.

Costume designer 

One costume department worker said that she was harassed by Clarke when he got changed on set. She told the Guardian: ‘He would say I had a really nice body and that, if he hadn’t married his wife, I would have been ideal… and how he could make my career. And then he would touch my knee’. Clarke strongly denies the allegations.

Art director 

An art director claimed that Clarke ‘violated industry norms for the ethical filming of sex or nude scenes’. She said that his production hired strippers to perform some scenes instead of actresses’, and that people didn’t feel safe on set.

She claimed on one occasion: ‘There were about 10 random people behind me, watching [on monitors]. It appeared they turned up to watch the naked girls, The duty of care was not there for the girls’.

She added that on one shoot in December 2015 an extra was ‘straddling’ a male actor. ‘The camera was right behind her. She was completely naked. And I know for a fact we could never have used that shot, because you could see up her bum hole’.

The art director told the Guardian that once another actor was asked to play with her naked breasts on camera. She said: ‘I remember thinking at the time: surely they wouldn’t be able to use half the stuff they were filming’. Clarke strongly denies the allegations.  

Another film producer told the Guardian that Clarke smacked her on the bottom, and she said: ‘I didn’t like that’ She also claims that he later sent her a picture of an ‘erect penis’ on Snapchat, which the Guardian has seen.

Clarke denies he slapped her bottom and said he did not recall sending her the picture, the newspaper said.

A production assistant, who worked on Brotherhood, claims she once saw Clarke in the office, surrounded by a group of people who were ‘sniggering and looking at me’.

She told the Guardian ‘she remembers the image of her knickers on Clarke’s phone’, adding she believed the picture was taken when she did the splits at a party.

She said she went to grab the phone and it fell on the phone and smashed. Clarke then sent her to a repair shop to get it fixed, she said, adding: ‘It was the final act of humiliation’. Clarke strongly denies the allegations.

Leila, not her real name, claims she was subjected to an unwanted sexual contact from Clarke in a storage room on set, saying: ‘He is a bully as well as a sexual predator’. Clarke strongly denies the allegations. 

An intern on the film Doghouse, which Clarke starred in, said he ‘started trying to kiss me on the lips, in front of everyone’, which she resisted. ‘He probably tried it like three to five times with me, maybe more,’ she said.

Michaela Coel has said she stands with Noel Clarke’s accusers ‘in their indignation’ after 20 women made allegations of misconduct.

The actress, who created I May Destroy You, a drama about consent and sexual assault, praised the women for coming forward and offered solidarity.

Clarke has ‘vehemently’ denied sexual misconduct accusations, levelled against him by reporting in the Guardian newspaper.

Coel wrote on Twitter: ‘I am here to offer great support for the 20 brave women who have come forward; those who have shared their identities with us, but also those who have preferred to use an alias; the mental hurdles a black woman must overcome to do such a thing as reveal their identity within a narrative of rape abuse or bullying at the hands of someone within our own community can sometimes be too much.

‘Speaking out about these incidents takes a lot of strength because some call them ‘grey areas’.

‘They are however far from grey.

‘These behaviours are unprofessional, violent and can destroy a person’s perception of themselves, their place in the world and their career irreparably.

‘I have shared to show solidarity, to express my belief in them and to stand with them in their indignation.

‘I applaud the Guardian and its journalists for investigating and publishing this story.’

Earlier this month Clarke, who is an actor, writer, director and producer, was given one of Bafta’s highest honours, the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award.

The British Academy has since suspended Clarke’s membership and the award.

Clarke has said in a statement: ‘In a 20-year career, I have put inclusivity and diversity at the forefront of my work and never had a complaint made against me.

‘If anyone who has worked with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I sincerely apologise.

‘I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself against these false allegations.’ 

Management and production company 42 M&P said it stopped representing Clarke earlier this month. 

A spokesman said: ‘Noel Clarke was a client of 42 M&P until April this year but the company no longer represents him.’ 

He made his first TV appearance more than 20 years ago in the Channel 4 series Metrosexuality, and gained fame for his roles as Mickey Smith in Doctor Who and Wyman Norris in Auf Wiedershen, Pet.

He co-founded his own production company, Unstoppable Entertainment, in 2007, which has produced films including Jessica Hynes’ directorial debut The Fight, and 10×10, directed by Suzi Ewing and starring Luke Evans and Kelly Reilly.

In 2018, the company joined forces with All3Media and launched Unstoppable Film and Television to expand their remit to include television, which led to the launch of Sky One drama Bulletproof, in which he stars with Ashley Walters.

Clarke was first recognised by Bafta in 2009, when he won the Rising Star prize.

He accepted outstanding contribution award in early April. The gong is among Bafta’s highest prizes and is presented annually in honour of Michael Balcon, the British film producer known for his work with Ealing Studios.

Previous recipients include Andy Serkis and Ridley and Tony Scott. 

Bafta has said it ‘did not know about any allegations relating to Noel Clarke prior to the announcement of the OBCC award on 29 March’.

The organisation was responding to an article in Thursday’s Guardian in which claims were levelled against Clarke.

Following the claims, which Clarke said he ‘vehemently denies’, Bafta announced it was suspending his membership and his outstanding British contribution to cinema award until further notice.

Updating its members on Friday, the organisation said in a letter: ‘We wanted to inform you of the background to this situation to give you the full picture.

‘To be very clear, we did not know about any allegations relating to Noel Clarke prior to the announcement of the OBCC award on 29 March.

‘We want to reassure you that we have treated this matter with the utmost seriousness, care and proper process at every stage. The Bafta Board of Trustees has remained right across this matter, has met a number of times and are fully supportive of all actions taken’.

‘The allegations against Mr Clarke are extremely serious and the behaviour they allege are contrary to Bafta’s values and everything it stands for. But no matter how abhorrent these allegations are, they cannot be dealt with without due process. Bafta is an arts charity that is not in a position to properly investigate such matters.’

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