Michaela Coel wins big at 2021 RTS Programme Awards

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 March 2021
Michaela Coel

Michaela Coel

Michaela Coel was among the big winners at the RTS Programme Awards 2021, as she took home three trophies for her work on the hit comedy-drama series, 'I May Destroy You'

Michaela Coel was among the big winners at the RTS Programme Awards 2021.

The 33-year-old actress, screenwriter, and director came out on top during the annual television award ceremony on Tuesday (16.03.21), as her hit BBC One and HBO series ‘I May Destroy You’ took home a total of three trophies.

Michaela herself was the recipient of the Actor – Female award for her role in the comedy-drama series as Arabella Essiedu as well as bagging the Drama Writer gong, whilst the series itself was named best Mini-Series.

There were also two wins for comedian Joe Lycett, who took home the Presenter award for ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ as well as his show ‘Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back’ being named best Formatted Popular Factual.

Also receiving two trophies was fellow comedian Mae Martin, whose comedy series ‘Feel Good’ earned her the Breakthrough Award and the award for Comedy Writer, which she was awarded alongside her co-writer Joe Hampson.

Elsewhere, ‘Small Axe’ star Shaun Parkes took home the gong for Actor – Male, whilst Comedy Performance – Male went to Youssef Kerkour for ‘Home’, and the female equivalent was handed to ‘Famalam’ star Gbemisola Ikumelo.

Grayson Perry won the Arts award for his series ‘Grayson’s Art Club’, whilst popular daytime series ‘Loose Women’ was named the recipient of the Daytime Programme trophy.

The RTS named BBC One its Channel of the Year, after recognising BBC medical drama ‘Casualty’ as the winner of Soap and Continuing Drama, as well as giving the Single Drama gong to ‘Elizabeth Is Missing’.

The final awards of the night were special recognition trophies, which saw Anne Mensah – the Vice President of Original Series at Netflix who has previously worked for Sky and the BBC – named the recipient of the Judges’ Award, and Russell T. Davies honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award.

The full list of the RTS Programme Awards 2021 winners is as follows:

Entertainment Performance

Big Narstie and Mo Gilligan – ‘The Big Narstie Show’


‘The Masked Singer’

Daytime Programme

‘Loose Women’

Children’s Programme

‘IRL with Team Charlene’


‘Grayson’s Art Club’

Live Event

‘The Third Day: Autumn’


Joe Lycett – ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’

Sports Presenter, Commentator, or Pundit

Michael Holding – England v West Indies

Sports Programme

England v West Indies 1st Test – Black Lives Matter

Formatted Popular Factual

‘Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back’

Single Documentary

‘Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism & Me’

Documentary Series

‘Once Upon a Time in Iraq’


‘Damilola: The Boy Next Door’

Science & Natural History

‘The Surgeon’s Cut’

Breakthrough Award

Mae Martin – ‘Feel Good’

Comedy Entertainment

‘The Ranganation’

Scripted Comedy

‘The Young Offenders’

Comedy Performance – Female

Gbemisola Ikumelo – ‘Famalam’

Comedy Performance – Male

Youssef Kerkour – ‘Home’

Writer – Comedy

Mae Martin and Joe Hampson – ‘Feel Good’

Writer – Drama

Michaela Coel – ‘I May Destroy You’

Soap and Continuing Drama


Single Drama

‘Elizabeth Is Missing’

Drama Series

‘In My Skin’


‘I May Destroy You’

Actor – Male

Shaun Parkes – ‘Small Axe’

Actor – Female

Michaela Coel – ‘I May Destroy You’

Special Award


Judges’ Award

Anne Mensah

RTS Channel of the Year


Outstanding Achievement Award

Russell T. Davies

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