Michaela Coel's mum's reactions to her BAFTA wins were absolutley adorable

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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

Michaela Coel was the well-deserved big winner at this year's TV BAFTAs - and her choice of plus one was absolutely outstanding.

The stunningly powerful I May Destroy You - which Michaela created, wrote, directed, executive produced and starred in - won four awards, including Best Actress for Michaela, and best Mini Series.

Michaela brought her mum as her guest to the socially-distanced ceremony, and seeing her so excited about her daughter's wins was one of the most joyous things to witness.

Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

When Michaela won best Mini Series, her mum excitedly waved her hands in the air and held up a kente scarf in celebration. For Best Actress, mum did a little dance in her seat and waved, delighted with her daughter's triumph. Michaela then took the kente cloth on stage to accept the award.

Michaela's always been close to her mum, telling Red magazine last year how proud she was of her mother - and clearly that pride goes both ways.

"We've always been really cuddly," Michaela explained. "She's really sacrificed her entire life to raise me and my sister, so she's very invested in in our lives and she is just like, amazing. I love her."

Her mum has made most of her red carpet looks in the past, including her sickening outfit when she was a guest judge on RuPaul's Drag Race UK.

Designer Maximilian Davis, who made Michaela's stunning dress told Vogue, "It’s the first time that she’s allowed a designer to make a custom dress. All of the dresses that she’s worn for red carpets or awards, she or her mum has made—so I’m super grateful to be given this opportunity."

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Michaela used her winning speeches to thank everyone involved in I May Destroy You. She dedicated the show's award for best mini series to the show's crew, who she dubbed "the unsung heroes who create everything you see, hear and feel".

She dedicated her Best Actress win to the show's intimacy co-ordinator Ita O'Brien. The series was based on Michaela's own experience of sexual assault, and consent. Michaela thanked O'Brien for allowing the industry to, "make work about exploitation, loss of respect, about abuse of power, without being exploited or abused in the process".

"Thank you for your existence in our industry, for making the space safe."

As well as Michaela's historic wins, other things we loved at the TV BAFTAs included presenter Richard Ayoade, This Country's Daisy May Cooper and Line of Duty's Adrian Dunbar.

Photo credit: David M. Benett
Photo credit: David M. Benett

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