Noel Clarke Accused Of Sexual Harassment On Set Of BBC’s ‘Doctor Who’

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Who is Noel Clarke?

Noel Anthony Clarke (born 6 December 1975) is a British actor, screenwriter, director and comic book writer. Rising to prominence for playing Mickey Smith in Doctor Who (2005–2010), he played Sam in the films Kidulthood (2006), Adulthood (2008) and Brotherhood (2016), which he also wrote and directed. wikipedia.orgNoel Clarke

The industry has been in a febrile state ever since The Guardian broke an explosive story detailing sexual harassment allegations against actor, writer and filmmaker Clarke, which he has vehemently denied.

The open letter to the film and TV industry, led by Meriel Beale, freelance producer and unscripted anti-bullying and harassment officer at industry union Bectu, states: “After reading the Noel Clarke allegations, many of us within the TV and film industry started sharing our own stories of sexual harassment and sexual abuse. His case is not a one-off and, shockingly, is not an extreme example. It has happened to so many of us that it seems normal.”

“It has happened to so many of us at the hands of men in positions of power within the industry — whether industry colleagues, presenters or actors,” the letter continues. “It has happened in plain sight.”

The letter goes on to detail instances of women being asked to “lighten up” or “take a joke” and provides specific examples of women being placed in degrading situations.

“It is a constant, terrifying tightrope. We are exhausted and we are angry,” the letter states. “All of this contributes to us being undervalued in TV. Many men won’t recognize or notice sexist micro-aggressions — the low level hum of sexism — and many women will accept it as part of the culture. It has been normalized, but it is not normal.”

“It is time to rethink the culture of TV and film. It is time to put an end to this culture that turns a blind eye to predators and harassers operating in plain sight,” the letter concludes.

Signatories include “Sherlock” actor Rupert Graves; Cal King, digital brand lead, MTV & Comedy Central U.K.; Bectu head Philippa Childs; broadcaster Dermot O’Leary; former Channel 4 commissioner Kelly Webb-Lamb; “Across the Universe” actor Jim Sturgess; “Duran Duran: A Night In” director/producer Zoe Dobson; Adeel Amini, chair of industry org Coalition for Change; and “The Amelia Gething Complex” writer Amelia Gething.

When asked if BAFTA chair Krishnendu Majumdar should resign over the matter, Harris told Sky News: “This whole affair has been extremely difficult, as you can imagine, for everyone involved, and Krish has worked all the way through together with the board. It has been a joint decision-making process.”

“Krish has not been doing anything on his own,” Harris added. “So any criticism that has been levelled at BAFTA should be levelled at everybody. It is really not right to single people out.”

“If we had had one fraction of the information that the Guardian had had, we would never have given an award to Noel Clarke,” Harris said. “That is obvious, but we didn’t have that information. The first time that we saw the actual allegations against him was when they were published by the Guardian newspaper and as soon as we saw the allegations, we suspended the award.”

Elsewhere, Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe, founder of the British Urban Film Festival, has given up his BAFTA membership over the matter. “People need to be held accountable,” he said. “As an organisation, that starts from the top. If the chief exec needs to go too, so be it.

“Krish cannot continue in his post because him being there, him remaining there, just sends completely the wrong signal because whichever way you look at it, BAFTA have just dealt with this horrendously.”

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A letter calling for a shakeup in the culture of the UK film and TV industry, penned in response to the accusations made against actor and producer Noel Clarke last week, has attracted more than 800 signatures at the time of writing. The letter has been penned by Meriel Beale, a freelance producer, anti-bullying campaigner […]

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John Barrowman sorry for 'tomfoolery' after 'getting his d**k out' on Doctor Who set

PinkNews 07 May, 2021 - 05:50am

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Actor John Barrowman has admitted to “tomfoolery” on the set of Doctor Who following allegations that he would expose himself to other cast members as an inappropriate prank.

After Noel Clarke was accused of sexual misconduct by 20 women (claims he denies), an unearthed 2015 video came to light in which the actor alleged that Barrowman would expose himself on set of Doctor Who.

Clarke said Barrowman would “take his d**k out every five seconds” and asked co-star Camille Coduri whether she remembered the time Barrowman “put it on your shoulder in the makeup truck”. She responded: “Yes, I do.”

In a statement sent to The Guardian on Friday (7 May), John Barrowman admitted that he did engage in “tomfoolery” while working on Doctor Who and its spin-off Torchwood.

Several sources told The Guardian that Barrowman did repeatedly expose himself on set, but they stressed that the context was different to the predatory allegations against Clarke, describing his actions as misjudged “larking about”.

Barrowman, who is gay, said his “high-spirited behaviour” was “only ever intended in good humour to entertain colleagues on set and backstage”.

He added that he now understood his actions upset colleagues, but he said it was never intended or interpreted as sexual.

“With the benefit of hindsight, I understand that upset may have been caused by my exuberant behaviour, and I have apologised for this previously,” Barrowman said. “Since my apology in November 2008, my understanding and behaviour have also changed.”

Barrowman added that he was at no point made aware of any allegations against Noel Clarke.

Doctor Who producer Julie Gardner confirmed to The Guardian that she received a complaint around 2008 about Barrowman’s conduct. She said she “met with John and reprimanded him” to “make it clear to both John and his agent that behaviour of this kind would not be tolerated”.

“To my knowledge, John’s inappropriate behaviour stopped thereafter,” she added.

A BBC spokesperson confirmed to The Guardian that John Barrowman was reprimanded for his behaviour.

Barrowman has previously apologised for pulling down his trouser in a 2008 interview with BBC Radio 1. He said he was sorry for “any offence I have caused”.

“I was joining in the light-hearted and fun banter of the show, and went too far,” he said at the time.

One woman, Jenna (not her real name), was a runner and driver on the set of Doctor Who in the mid-2000s. She told The Guardian that she frequently witnessed Barrowman exposing himself on set. Jenna said he would “get his genitals out on a regular basis”, and he’d “sort of have his balls hanging out of his trousers or something” which she said he “just thought was really funny”.

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She said she also witnessed Barrowman “slapping” his penis on the windscreen of one of the driver’s cars, “thinking it was really funny”.

Another woman said Barrowman would call her “into his dressing room”, and he would “just have his willy out, standing in the doorway”. She said: “It was kind of accepted that it was his thing.”

The woman told The Guardian that she did not feel unsafe, but “it just felt really uncomfortable”.

Barrowman’s lawyers said the actor did “not recall” the incidents recounted by the two women.

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Noel Clarke Accused of Sexual Harassment on ‘Doctor Who’ Set; BBC ‘Shocked’ and Will Investigate

Variety 07 May, 2021 - 04:39am

By Naman Ramachandran

Embattled British star Noel Clarke has been accused of misbehavior of the sets of BBC’s flagship show “Doctor Who” — the program that helped turn him into a household name in the U.K.

“Several sources came forward to allege they were sexually harassed or inappropriately touched by the actor on a flagship show, ‘Doctor Who,'” U.K. newspaper The Guardian reported on Friday.

Clarke played the vehicle technician character Mickey Smith on “Doctor Who” from 2005 to 2010.

The Guardian published an explosive story on April 29, in which several women came forward and accused Clarke of inappropriate behavior, following which he lost his management and the BAFTA he was awarded a few weeks earlier. ITV, the BBC and Sky severed professional ties with him. Clarke has denied the charges vehemently.

The latest set of accusations against Clarke detail specific instances where he was allegedly out of line with a costume assistant, who claims the actor made inappropriate comments to her in a trailer in 2004; a runner and driver, who claims Clarke touched her inappropriately and made sexually explicit and graphic remarks to her; and a runner, who also alleges Clarke sexually harassed her and another female co-worker following a work event.

A “Doctor Who” actor, who asked to remain anonymous, claims they were also sexually harassed by Clarke, who allegedly made unwanted advances. When rejected, the actor claims he badmouthed her to members of the industry.

“The BBC is against all forms of inappropriate behaviour and we’re shocked to hear of these allegations,” a BBC spokesperson told Variety. “To be absolutely clear, we will investigate any specific allegations made by individuals to the BBC — and if anyone has been subjected to or witnessed inappropriate behaviour of any kind we would encourage them to raise it with us directly.”

“We have a zero tolerance approach and robust processes are in place — which are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect best practice — to ensure any complaints or concerns are handled with the utmost seriousness and care,” the spokesperson added.

It has also emerged that Clarke’s fellow “Doctor Who” actor John Barrowman is accused of exposing himself on set. A 2015 clip has emerged in which Clarke jokes about his co-star’s behaviour.

The allegations against Clarke have exposed a festering wound in U.K. film and TV production circles. A recently published open letter that lays bare sexual malpractices against women in the industry now has more than 1,200 signatures.

Noel Clarke Now Accused Of Sexual Misconduct On DOCTOR WHO Set As John Barrowman Also Comes Under Fire

Comic Book Movie 07 May, 2021 - 02:57am

The accusations against British actor Noel Clarke continue to pour in, with the latest wave (once again shared by The Guardian) specifically relating to his conduct on the set of BBC's Doctor Who

A number of women have come forward to allege either being sexually harassed or inappropriately touched by the actor during his time playing vehicle technician Mickey Smith from 2005 to 2010. While he strongly denies these and past accusations, production companies and broadcasters in the UK have quickly distanced themselves from Clarke, while he's also been stripped of his honorary BAFTA as investigations continue. 

The full report features several upsetting stories about Clarke's alleged misconduct, including him telling one costume assistant that he "liked girls with long hair, as it gave him something to hold on to when doing them from behind." A female runner and driver says she was touched inappropriately while transporting the actor, while a volunteer from a 2016 Comic-Con in Bournemouth, England, claims that she was sexually harassed and touched inappropriately by him as well.

As for John Barrowman, who played Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and spinoff series Torchwood, several people have come forward to recall him exposing himself on set on a regular basis. While they stress that it was never done in a sinister way, it understandably still upset those involved. 

Describing it as "high-spirited behaviour" that was "only ever intended in good humour to entertain colleagues on set and backstage," the actor said: "With the benefit of hindsight, I understand that upset may have been caused by my exuberant behaviour and I have apologised for this previously."

Barrowman also makes it clear that he was unaware of any accusations about Clarke at the time.

While Clarke isn't someone who has made an impact in the world of superheroes and comic books, he is fondly remembered by many fans for his work in Doctor Who. He's also become a big fish in the relatively small pond that is the British film and TV industry, but that's almost certainly over now unless Clarke can somehow disprove this ever-growing list of allegations. 

Billie Piper hasn't commented yet (Clarke played her love interest for a time), but this report does mention that David Tennant's actions on set couldn't be faulted in any way. 

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