‘I dedicate this to every single survivor of sexual assault’: Michaela Coel delivers moving speech at the Emmys

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  • The 33-year-old actress and writer won Outstanding Writing for a Television Limited Anthology Series or Movie on Sunday night for her hit I May Destroy You.
  • Coyle, who created the series and played the lead role of Arabella, gave a speech on stage while dedicating the award to survivors of sexual assault.
  • British actress herself is a sexual assault survivor, her experiences serve as the basis for hit HBO show

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Michaela Koel honored — and challenged — writers everywhere at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards in perhaps one of the most memorable speeches of the night.

The 33-year-old actress and writer won Outstanding Writing for a Television Limited Anthology Series or Movie Sunday night for her hit HBO series I May Destroy You.

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Coyle, who produced the series and played the lead character Arabella, gave a touching speech on stage while the award was dedicated to survivors of sexual assault.

Cuckoo herself is a sexual assault survivor, her experiences serving as the basis for her show I May Destroy You.

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Michaela Honors Writers: Michaela Koel Honors – and Challenges – Writers Everywhere in One of the Night’s Most Memorable Speeches at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards

Emmy Winners: The 33-year-old actress and writer won Outstanding Writing for a Television Limited Anthology Series or Movie Sunday night for her hit HBO series I May Destroy You.

Emmy Winners: The 33-year-old actress and writer won Outstanding Writing for a Television Limited Anthology Series or Movie Sunday night for her hit HBO series I May Destroy You.

Cuckoo defeated Laura Downey (WandaVision), Scott Frank (The Queen’s Gambit), Chuck Hayward and Peter Cameron (WandaVision), Brad Inglesby (Mayor of Easttown) and Jack Schaefer (WandaVision) for the award.

When she was giving speeches aimed at writers everywhere, she took to the stage wearing a two-piece yellow Christopher John Rodgers gown.

‘Write the story that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable. I dare you,’ she began.

Dare: 'Write the story that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn't comfortable.  I dare you,' she began

Dare: ‘Write the story that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable. I dare you,’ she began

‘In a world that prompts us to browse through the lives of others to help us better determine how we feel about ourselves, and in turn feel the need to constantly look Because visibility seems to equal success somehow these days – don’t be afraid to disappear from us for a while, and see what comes to you in silence,’ he added.

She concluded her speech by saying, ‘I dedicate this to every survivor of sexual assault.’

Coyle was also nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie and Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.

Dedicated: She concluded her speech by saying, 'I dedicate this story to every survivor of sexual assault'

Dedicated: She concluded her speech by saying, ‘I dedicate this story to every survivor of sexual assault’

The ceremony is Cuckoo’s first Emmy Awards appearance, with the actress and writer saying I! Online That she is ‘overwhelmed with gratitude’ for being at the Emmys.

‘If I think about it too much, I get emotional. I mean a lot to listen and listen so carefully. I am very grateful,’ she added.

He also said that it was ‘incredible’ and that it was worthwhile to be nominated with Papa Essidu by his side.

Overwhelmed: The ceremony is Cuckoo's first Emmy Awards appearance, with the actress and writer telling E!  Online that she is 'overwhelmed with gratitude' for being at the Emmys

Overwhelmed: The ceremony is Cuckoo’s first Emmy Awards appearance, with the actress and writer telling E! Online that she is ‘overwhelmed with gratitude’ for being at the Emmys

Meaningful: He also added that it was 'incredible' and worthwhile to be nominated with Papa Essidu by his side

Meaningful: He also added that it was ‘incredible’ and worthwhile to be nominated with Papa Essidu by his side

‘We went to drama school together. I’m very proud of that. I am very happy that we got a chance to work together and more than myself, if he wins, I will be very happy,’ she said.

Essiedu is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series for his portrayal of Kwame in the show.

Cuckoo also has a mysterious role in Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated superhero sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Drama: 'We went to drama school together.  I'm very proud of that.  I am very happy that we got a chance to work together and more than myself, if he wins, I will be very happy,' she added

Drama: ‘We went to drama school together. I’m very proud of that. I am very happy that we got a chance to work together and…

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