How Michaela Coel Turned the "Misfit" Label Inside Out

Published Sep 19 2021 at 11:26 AM GMT
  • "Ex-boyfriends have accused me of giving these, universities have accused me of never attending them, but my relationship with this word has a rebirth", Michaela Coel writes about the word 'lecture" in Misfits: A Personal Manifesto, her first publication.
  • The book originated as the Edinburgh International Television Festival's MacTaggart Lecture she gave in 2018.
  • It's a candid chronicle and a galvanizing cry, flanked by an introduction and epilogue.
  • Coel is the creator'actress, writer, director'of two series: Chewing Gum (2015-2017, in which the principal character is most keen to lose her virginity) and I May Destroy You (2020, in which the principal character reconstructs a night out during which her drink was spiked and she was sexually assaulted, struggling to piece herself together in the aftermath).
  • The latter series is raw, confrontational, and funny in equal measure; it has garnered her BAFTAs and is currently nominated for nine Primetime Emmy Awards, while Time magazine designated the 33-year-old Coel one of the "100 Most Influential People" last year.



  • Published Sep 19, 2021 11:26 AM GMT