22 May Noel Clarke: Bulletproof cancelled by Sky after misconduct allegations against actor | Ents & Arts News
TV police drama Bulletproof has been cancelled by Sky after allegations of misconduct against one of its leads, Noel Clarke.
Three series have already aired, and the broadcaster previously said it was halting work with the actor, director and producer following the accusations.
Sky has now confirmed it does not intend to produce any more seasons of the show, which also stars Top Boy actor Ashley Walters.
A company spokesman said: “Sky will not be proceeding with any further series of Bulletproof.”
Production company Vertigo Films has also said it “will not make any future series of ‘Bulletproof”, according to Variety.
The publication said it understands season four had already been commissioned and was in pre-production stages when accusations against Clarke were published in The Guardian on 29 April.
Twenty women, who knew him in a professional capacity, made allegations of bullying and sexual harassment against him, which the paper reported following an investigation.
Days after the allegations emerged, Clarke was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment on the set of Doctor Who and at a promotional event.
The actor played vehicle technician Mickey Smith from 2005 to 2010 in the hit BBC sci-fi show.
He has said he “vehemently” denies allegations of sexual misconduct or criminal behaviour, but will be seeking professional help and has apologised “deeply” for his actions.
Walters, 38, previously said on social media that he was “in shock and deeply saddened by what I have heard on a multitude of levels”.
He added: “I could never condone behaviour of this nature neither in nor out of the workplace, and whilst Noel has been a friend and colleague for several years, I cannot stand by and ignore these allegations.”
After allegations against Clarke were published in the Guardian, BAFTA suspended his membership and his recent outstanding British contribution to cinema award.
BAFTA has defended its original decision to present Clarke with the gong – and said calls for board resignations are inappropriate.
Deputy chair of BAFTA Dame Pippa Harris told Sky News she “absolutely” stands by chair Krishnendu Majumdar and chief executive Amanda Berry who, with guidance from the organisation’s board, went ahead with honouring Clarke after they had been made aware of allegations – because the information given to them was anonymous or secondhand.