- TitleActor, writer, and showrunner
Michaela Coel turned heads with her Channel 4 and Netflix comedy Chewing Gum, but suffered personal tragedy—a sexual assault—while working on the series. Her sophomore television effort is HBO’s and BBC One’s I May Destroy You, a groundbreaking examination of sexual assault as part of everyday life. With characters who experience assault in different forms—and understand and feel it in different ways—Coel has written an utterly original piece for this moment. The series incorporates elements of comedy alongside its serious subject matter and sets Coel up for, hopefully, decades of inventive work.