Life Outside The TARDIS: Noel Clarke

Noel Clarke in 2011′s Screwed

Warning: if your only experience of Noel Clarke’s work has been as Mickey in Doctor Who, you may find some of these clips a little hard going. He has carved out a career as an actor, writer, director in a series of tough projects depicting inner city life in all of its gruesome reality. As a result, some of these clips are extremely NSFW.

Having said that, here’s a really early sighting of our hero, in the fairly self-explanatory 1999 British show Metrosexuality:

A year later and he’s doing some quality running away in The Bill (see if you can also spot Reggie Yates, who you may remember as Martha Jones’s brother):

Around 2004, Noel could most often be found making cameo roles in uniform dramas like Casualty, Holby City Judge John Deed, and A Touch of Frost:

Noel’s first big recurring TV role came in the resurrection of a British TV classic. Auf Wiedersehen Pet. But all the time he was working on writing (and starring in) his first feature film, Kidulthood, which came out in 2006, a year after Mickey Smith’s girlfriend Rose Tyler disappeared off with a stranger in a blue box:

Two years later, and he got to direct the equally striking sequel, Adulthood:

And here he is larking about in a 2007 series called Dubplate Drama:

A starring role here, in the short movie Reign of Death:

And 2009′s Doghouse, which could possibly handle being a little more PC:

And the equally gruelling (but more conventionally horrific) Heartless:

Here’s a brief cameo in the Ian Dury biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (which also featured Arthur Darvill):

Before another self-written, self-directed role in 4.3.2.1:

Sticking with the gritty drama, here’s 2011′s Screwed, about a returning war veteran who takes a job as a prison guard:

And here he is in 2010, mugging Ben Kingsley for a fraction of his loose change, in a public information film about the Robin Hood tax campaign:

Earlier this year, there was Storage 24:

But the most exciting news is that he’ll be appearing in the new Star Trek film, with no doubt a few more street-level tales to tell before he’s done.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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