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"One line but I loved it because it's Star Wars, and John Boyega's bloody lovely."
―Michaela Coel[src]

Michaela Coel (born Michaela-Moses Ewuraba O Boakye-Collison, on October 1, 1987)[1] is a British actress and screenwriter[1] who portrayed a Resistance monitor in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi.[2] She is best known for playing the lead role in the British sitcom series Chewing Gum (2015–2017), which she also created and wrote; and for creating and starring in the 2020 British comedy-drama series I May Destroy You. She is also notable for playing the main character of the 2018 drama series Black Earth Rising, the starring role of Lilyhot in the 2016 British science fiction series The Aliens, and co-starring as Shania Lowry in the 2017 Black Mirror episode "USS Callister".

The actress spent a few days on the UK set of The Last Jedi filming her role. In an interview prior to the release of the film, Coel spoke about her role and refused to call it a cameo, saying that she merely sat on a spaceship and said just three words, and was convinced that her role would end up on the cutting room floor.[3] However, Coel enjoyed the experience because it was Star Wars.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hassan, Beril Naz: MICHAELA RISING Who is Michaela Coel star of Black Earth Rising, how old is she and who did she play in Black Mirror? (2018-10-29). thesun.co.uk. The Sun. "Michaela Coel, born Michaela-Moses Ewuraba O Boakye-Collison, is a British actress and screenwriter. She is 30 years old, having been born on October 1, 1987." Archived from the original.
  2. Robinson, Joanna: 32 Delightful Star Wars: The Last Jedi Cameos You Might Have Missed (2017-12-17). Vanity Fair. "Chewing Gum star Michaela Coel was reluctant to call her Last Jedi appearance a cameo. She told Complex earlier this year: "I'm so serious. It's literally, I [sit] on the spaceship and I say three words. And they probably didn't even make the movie." They did! Coel appears as a Resistance monitor who declares “they found us” early on in the film." Archived from the original.
  3. Maloney, Devon: Michaela Coel, The Prodigy Behind Netflix's 'Chewing Gum,' Is The Future of Comedy (2017-04-07). Complex. "But that won't be for long, she was recently cast in the film adaptation of British musical Been So Long, and, she spent a few days on the UK set of the upcoming Star Wars installment, The Last Jedi, though she refuses to even call it a cameo. "I'm so serious. It's literally, I [sit] on the spaceship and I say three words. And they probably didn't even make the movie."" Archived from the original.
  4. Gilbert, Gerald: Chewing Gum's Michaela Coel interview: 'My mum used to shave my pubes' (2017-01-09). independent.co.uk. The Independent. "Having recorded “tiny” roles in Netflix's Black Mirror and the new Star Wars movie ("One line but I loved it because it's Star Wars, and John Boyega's bloody lovely"), Coel took herself off to Cornwall and Berlin" Archived from the original.

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