Michaela Coel Biography, Age, Career, Marital Status, Salary and Net Worth

Who is Michaela Coel?

Michaela Ewuraba Boakye-Cillinson professionally known as Michaela Coel is a well-known British actress, screenwriter, director, producer, and singer. She is most notably known for creating and starring in the E4 sitcom Chewing Gum (2015-2017). Because of this film, she won the BAFTA Award for Best Female Comedy Performance. And the BBC One/HBO comedy-drama series I May Destro You (2020) for which she won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress in 2021.

Michaela Coel


Because of her work on I May Destroy You, she became the first Black woman to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Moreover, she is known for her work in other Netflix productions including guest-starring in the series Black Mirror (2016 to 2017). Starring as Kate Ashby in the series Black Earth Rising (2018) and in the film Been So Long (2018) as Simone.

How Old Is Michaela Coel?

She is 34 years old as of July 2022, having been born on October 1, 1987, in London, England. Coel shares her birthdate with celebrities such as; Priah Ferguson, FGTeeV Chase, Anayah Rice, Princess Misty, Sage Rosen, and many more.

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Michaela Coel Family

Who are Michaela Coel Parents?

According to news on the internet, it shows that she was born to Ghanian parents. But there is no news regarding her parents’ names on the internet.

Does Michaela Coel have Siblings?

According to news on the Internet, it shows that she grew up with her sister, whose names or whereabouts are unknown.

Michaela Coel Education

She received her education at the University of Birmingham where she studied English, Literature, and Theology from 2007 to 2009. Later in 2009, she transferred to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and graduated in 2012.

Michaela Coel Marital Status

On her love life matters, she is seen as a person who hates drama and loves her privacy, She has managed to keep her marriage/dating life low-key thus leaving many with a lot of unanswered questions. In case there is news regarding this matter, we will update it here as soon as possible.

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Michaela Coel Kids

She does not have any kids currently. In case there is new news regarding this matter, we will update it here as soon as possible.

Michaela Coel Career

Career Beginnings

She began performing at poetry open mics in 2006 in Ealing. As she continued to do open mics, Che Walker (actor, playwright, and director) encouraged her as he saw her perform at the Hackney Empire, to apply to Guildhall. As a poet, she continued to perform on many stages including Wembley Arena, Bush Theatre, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and De Doelen, Rotterdam. She went by the name Michaela The Poet. In 2009, she joined the Talawa Theatre Company summer school program TYPT. During her time at Talawa, she was in the TYPT 2009 production of Krunch, directed by Amani Naphtali.

Michaela Coel

That same year, she released an album entitled Fixing Barbie, which featured her work as a musician and poet. She went on to release the record We’re the Losers in 2011. In 2012, her play Chewing Gum Dreams was her senior graduation project at Guidhall. First, the play was produced at The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick. And also featured in a one-woman show telling the dramatic story of a 14-year-old girl named Tracey. The play went on to be produced by the Bush Theatre (2012), Royal Theatre Holland (2012), Royal Exchange Theatre (2013), and the National Theatre (2014). Moreover, it received positive reviews.

A Career from 2013 to 2019

Coel appeared in Channel 4 drama Top Boy in 2013 and has had leading roles at the National Theatre, including the award-nominated Home and the critically-acclaimed Medea. Channel 4 announced in August 2014, that Coel would write and star in a new sitcom called Chewing Gum, inspired by her play Chewing Gum Dreams. In September 2014, “C4 Comedy Blaps” was released as teasers and the series began in October 2015 on E4.

Her performance earned her the British Academy Television Award for Best Female Comedy Performance in 2016. In addition, she won a BAFTA for Breakthrough Talent for writing the show. Furthermore, Chewing Gum received overwhelmingly positive reviews. In 2015, she went on to appear in the BBC One drama London Spy. In 2016, she played in the E4 sci-fi comedy-drama The Aliens as Lilyhot, the film was filmed in Bulgaria. She then returned for a second series of Chewing Gum in January 2017.

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And made appearances in both the “Nosedive” and “USS Callister” episodes of Charlie Brooker’s series Black Mirror. In 2017 also, she had a small role in the film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Next, she starred in Black Earth Rising, in 2018, a co-production between BBC Two and Netflix, where she played Kate, the main character. That year in October, she starred as Simone in the musical-drama film Been So Long, by Che Walker, based on his own stage play, which was released on Netflix to positive reviews.

A Career from 2020 to Present

During this time, she wrote, produced, co-directed, and starred in the comedy-drama series I May Destroy You, inspired by her own experience of sexual assault. The show launched in the UK on BBC One and HBO in the US in June 2020 to widespread acclaim. However, she acknowledged refusing $1 million from Netflix after the streaming service declined to offer her intellectual property ownership of her show. In 2020, she was included in Time’s 100 Most Influential People. Moreover, she was named as one of the breakout stars of 2020 for the film. Also, she appeared in British Vogue’s 2020 list of influential women.

Furthermore, she was ranked fourth for the impact of her work on I May Destroy You, in the 15th annual Powerlist of the most influential people of Africa or Africa-Caribbean heritage in the United Kingdom. In 2021, she was cast in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. On September 7, 2021, her first book, Misfits: a Personal Manifesto was published simultaneously in the UK and the USA by Ebury Press. The book is based on her MacTaggart lecture at 2018’s EdinburghFestival, which touches on Coel’s experiences with racism and misogyny, her publisher described the book as “a powerful manifesto on how speaking your truth and owning your differences can transform your life”.

Michaela Coel Height and Measurements

Adding up to her well-curved and beautiful body, she stands at a height of 5ft 5inches (1.65m) and a weight of 57kg (125lbs).

Michaela Coel Salary and Net Worth

She has a daily salary of $273.97 and a net worth of $2 million.

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