5 minutes with Michaela Coel

In Season 4 of Charlie Brooker’s dystopian anthology series Black Mirror, a Star Trek-themed episode showcased a brilliant holster of female talents; including none other than Michaela Coel as Shania Lowry. After a brief but memorable appearance in Season 3, Coel returned in a fully meme-able role and continues to go from strength to strength — could we possibly forget her Star Wars cameo?

As creator and star of her Channel 4 comedy Chewing Gum, Coel is carving a path for louder, unafraid voices that celebrate contemporary womanhood. No frills and no holding back, she’s clearly doing something right. She’s now preparing for her debut film role, in Camden-set musical Been So Long. Representing the UK at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival, we caught up with Michaela to talk poetry, Brexit, and how to navigate the world as a young woman with zero chill.

Read the full interview on Into the Fold 

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