Noel Clarke

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Noel Clarke
Noel Clarke.jpg
Clarke at the BAFTA awards, February 2008
Born (1975-12-06) 6 December 1975 (age 38)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actor, writer, producer, director
Years active 1999–present

Noel Anthony Clarke (born 6 December 1975) is an English actor, screenwriter and director from London. He is known for playing Wyman Norris in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Mickey Smith in Doctor Who.[1] Clarke appeared in and wrote the screenplay for Kidulthood and wrote, directed and starred in the sequel, Adulthood,[2] which gained £1,209,319 from the opening weekend of its release.[3] Clarke studied Media at the University of North London before going on to take acting classes at London's Actors Centre.[4] Clarke won the Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Performer in 2003 and was awarded a BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award in 2009.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Clarke was born in London, England. He 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 notably 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.[6] His 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,[7] 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".[8]

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."[9] 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 2008, he starred in the video for The Prodigy single "Invaders Must Die".[10]

In 2009, Clarke was awarded a BAFTA award in the category of Orange Rising Star Award.[11] 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.[12]

He also played the role of A.J.,opposite Jim Sturgess, in Philip Ridley's cult film, Heartless. Clarke has worked with BBC Blast, a project for teenagers that aims to inspire and get people being creative. Shortly after his BAFTA win he gave a talk to inspire young people telling them to "broaden your mind".[13] His next project, 4.3.2.1, a heist movie, was released on 2 June 2010 starring Tamsin Egerton, Emma Roberts and Adam Deacon. The film was shot in London and New York.[14] He has also 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. He played Thomas Harewood in Star Trek Into Darkness, a family man with a wife and young daughter.[15][16] [17] The film was released on 15 May 2013.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Metrosexuality Kwame O'Rielly
2000 The Bill Lennie Cox 1 episode
2001 Judge John Deed Adam 1 episode
2001 Waking the Dead Extra Uncredited
1 episode
2001 Casualty Danny Oldfield 3 episodes
2002–2004 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Wyman Norris 14 episodes
2003 Adventure Inc. Mike Reed 1 episode
2003 Doctors Jim Baker 1 episode
2004 Holby City Shaun O'Connor 3 episodes
2004 A Touch of Frost Kenny 1 episode
2005–2010 Doctor Who Mickey Smith 16 episodes
2005–2010 Doctor Who Confidential Himself 10 episodes
2006 Tardisodes Mickey Smith
2006 Jane Hall Steve Heaney 2 episodes
2006 Torchwood Writer of episode: "'Combat"
2007 Dubplate Drama Hostel manager
2007 The Weakest Link Himself Doctor Who special
2008 West 10 LDN Michael Writer
2012 What If The Angel

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Native Victor
1999 Take 2 Jamal / Cornelius
2002 The Last Angel Kid
2002 Licks David Writer and producer
2003 I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Cyril
2006 Plastic Jock
2006 Kidulthood Sam Peel Writer
2008 Adulthood Sam Peel Writer and director
2009 Reign of Death Joe Digby
2009 Heartless AJ
2009 Doghouse Mikey
2010 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Desmond / Sparky
2010 Centurion Macros
2010 4.3.2.1 Tee Writer and co-director
2010 Huge Clark
2011 Race Against Time Narrator
2011 Screwed Truman
2012 Radio 1 Movie Executive producer
2012 The Knot Peter Writer
2012 Fast Girls Tommy Writer
2012 Storage 24 Charlie Writer
2012 Bliss! Mark Wilson
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Thomas Harewood
2013 Saving Santa Post-production

Theatre[edit]

  • 2003: Where Do We Live at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court

References[edit]

  1. ^ Luxford, James (19 June 2008). "Noel Clarke Talks Adulthood". Entertainmentwise. Retrieved 23 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "Noel Clarke answers questions on his film Adulthood". Daily Mirror. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2008. 
  3. ^ MacNab, Geoffrey (27 June 2008). "Hit makers: The real stars of British film". London: The Independent. Retrieved 22 October 2008. 
  4. ^ Machell, Ben (21 June 2008). "Noel Clarke on Adulthood and avoiding trouble". London: The Times. Retrieved 23 October 2008. 
  5. ^ "Film Winners in 2009". bafta.org. BAFTA. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "Fearless set for September release". 26 August 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2007. 
  7. ^ Davey, Neil (13 October 2008). "Interview: Noel Clarke". Megastar. Retrieved 23 October 2008. 
  8. ^ "Interview: Noel Clarke". EyeForFilm.co.uk. 16 February 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "Noel Clarke Interview". Female First. 14 June 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2008. 
  10. ^ "the prodigy return". BoraMag. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2008. 
  11. ^ Blackler, Zoë (8 January 2009). "Bafta shortlists five stars of the future". Times Online (London: Times Newspapers). Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  12. ^ Staff (13 July 2009). "83. Noel Clarke". London: MediaGuardian.co.uk (Guardian News & Media). Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  13. ^ BBC – Blast – Noel Clarke
  14. ^ 4, 3, 2, 1 The Movie
  15. ^ Star Trek Sequel Cast Coming Together
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ Mendoza, Nadia. "Beam me up, Benedict! Sherlock actor Cumberbatch joins Star Trek sequel with Noel Clarke". Daily Mail (London). 
  18. ^ STAR TREK sequel finally gets release date: May 17, 2013

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