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Michaela Coel won the BAFTA Television Award for Leading Actress for her role as Arabella Essiedu on I can destroy you. In her speech, she paid tribute to the other category nominees, Billie Piper (I hate suzie), Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal people), Hayley Knappen (Adult material) and Letitia Wright (Small ax) and I can destroy you& # 39; s Intimacy Director Ita O & # 39; Brien.
“Thank you BAFTA, and thank you to the jury for choosing me as the winner today. Kudos to Billie, Letitia, Daisy, Hayley, because you are literally sick, ”said Coel in her acceptance speech. "Besides, I shouldn't really be saying it, but I've written my words and I know that your talent for taking a writer's words and making them sound like your own is incredible and I really hope I can work with that each of you one day. "
"I wrote a speech," she continued. "I would like to dedicate this award to the Director of Intimacy Ita O & # 39; Brien. Thank you for your existence in our industry. For making the space safe. For creating physical, emotional and professional boundaries so that we can work on exploitation Loss of respect, about abuse of power without being exploited or abused. I know what it is like to shoot without an intimacy director; the chaotic, embarrassing feeling for the crew; the inner devastation for the actor. Your direction was essential to my show , and I believe for any production company looking to deal with consensus issues. Thank you BAFTA. "