Film, TV & Stage

Chewing Gum’s Michaela Coel nominated for three Royal Television Society Awards

TRIPLE THREAT: Michaela Coel

TRIPLE THREAT: Michaela Coel

CHEWING GUM star Michaela Coel has been nominated for three prestigious Royal Society Television (RTS) Awards.

The 27-year-old won nods in the categories of Breakthrough Act, Comedy Performance and Writer.

The E4 series, adapted from Coel’s award-winning 2012 National Theatre stage play Chewing Gum Dreams, sees the actress transform into 25-year-old Tracey Gordon, a religious Beyoncé-obsessed 24-year-old who is fast discovering sex, friendship and the meaning of life on her council estate.

First to congratulate the star was UK presenter Reggie Yates, who also earned two nominations (Best Presenter and Best Documentary – Extreme Russia), tweeted: “Congrats to @MichaelaCoel on a BAG of deserved nominations at this years RTS Awards!! @RTS_Media”.

Chewing Gum was renewed for a second series in December with Rachel Springett, Commissioning Editor for Comedy at Channel 4, revealing the broadcaster was “thrilled to be working with [Michaela] again on this second series”.

“Michaela is a rare and exceptional talent; it has been inspirational to work with her on her first TV series and to see how incredibly multi-talented and fresh her viewpoint is, it’s extraordinary. We are thrilled to be working with her again on this second series.”

At the time, Michaela wrote:  “The love and support for my Chewing Gum baby has been overwhelming and I can’t wait to get started on the second series. All I’ve got to do now is write it.”

The star-studded awards ceremony will take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, on March 22.

WORDS: Layla Young

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