Actor Noel Clarke is suing The Guardian newspaper for £10million over a series of ‘false’ articles alleging sexual misconduct towards several women.
Mr Clarke said the eight articles have had a ‘catastrophic’ impact on his career, causing him to suffer a ‘devastating’ financial loss of £10,140,000.60.
The Doctor Who star also claimed that ‘every existing or upcoming contract’ he had had been cancelled and that he has ‘not had one single work contract’ since the first Guardian article on him in April 2021.
Mr Clarke was never arrested over the claims, which pushed him to the brink of suicide, with the Met Police saying there was not enough evidence against him to warrant a criminal investigation.
But the allegations, reportedly made by 20 women who previously worked with him, saw him being axed from Sky TV show Bulletproof as well as ITV’s Viewpoint and Channel 5’s Highwater.
Noel Clarke is to sue the Guardian newspaper for £10million in damages over articles about his alleged behaviour towards several women
In eight articles by the newspaper, 20 women who worked with Mr Clarke made allegations over sexual misconduct.
Documents have been lodged at London’s High Court as part of a defamation case against the Guardian, according to the BBC. A judge will now decide what damages he is entitled to – if he wins his case.
He is also claiming for general damages which include harm to reputation and special damages which cover specific financial loss.
The claim says that ‘the impact on him financially has been devastating’ adding that ‘every existing or upcoming contract’ has been cancelled. It also says that he has not worked a single contract since the article was first published in April 2021.
There are a number of specific financial losses claimed by the actor, including for season four of Sky TV show Bulletproof, series two of ITV show Viewpoint and Channel 5 TV show Highwater. In total he is claiming for £10,140,000.60 in financial loss.
His lawyers are also claiming aggravated damages on his behalf for what his lawyers described as the ‘relentless, targeted, vicious and persistent nature of the wholly unjustified defamatory campaign’ by the newspaper.
The case was scheduled to be heard at the High Court tomorrow but the court was told the actor wanted new solicitors so it has been delayed.
As a result of this delay, the case will not be heard until October or early November later this year.
The court will decide whether the articles are defamatory or whether they were statements of fact and opinion.
Among the claims, includes loss of £595,000 fee for acting in 10 episodes of Sky TV show Bulletproof (pictured)
A GNM spokesperson said: ‘The Guardian’s investigation was deeply reported and researched, relying on the testimony of 20 women, all of whom knew Noel Clarke in a professional capacity.
‘We stand by our reporting and will be robustly defending our journalism.’
The BBC reported that The Guardian has not yet filed an official defence through the court and is not required to submit its defence before the autumn hearing is known, according to an order made in May by Mr Justice Murray.
The specific financial losses claimed by Noel Clarke:
These are the specific financial losses claimed by Noel Clarke, according to legal documents seen by the BBC.
Sky TV show Bulletproof, series 4:
- £595,000 – fee for acting in 10 episodes
- £90,000 – fee for writing two episodes
- £90,000 – fee for directing two episodes
- £250,000 (estimated) – anticipated royalties
ITV TV show Viewpoint, season 2:
- £270,000 – his fee
- £200,000 (estimated) – anticipated royalties
Channel 5 TV Show Highwater:
BBC TV show Crongton
- Around £60,000 – producer bonus
StudioCanal movie Something in the Water
- Around £40,000 – producer bonus
Former production company Unstoppable
- £1.25million – minimum salary over 10 years (not including bonus rises)
- £7million – projected value of shares
- £245,000 – Guardian allegations when first published
Total figure: £10,140,000.60
The legal papers which were recently obtained by the broadcaster, however, should have been made public more than six months ago.
Following the allegations in 2021, Mr Clarke had his Bafta membership suspended and the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award he had been given days before was revoked.
The actor later sought to sue Bafta for suspending but dropped his legal action in September.
Speaking at the time, a Bafta spokesperson said: ‘We note that Noel Clarke has dropped his legal action against Bafta.
The serious misconduct alleged in first-hand testimonies and published in The Guardian newspaper is contrary to the standards expected of a Bafta member and the values we uphold as an arts charity and academy.
‘We stand by our decision to suspend his honorary award and membership as soon as the detailed allegations came to light.’
In a statement at the time Mr Clarke said he ‘vehemently’ denied ‘any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing’.
He added he was ‘deeply sorry’ if some of his actions had affected people ‘in ways I did not intend or realise’, and vowed to get professional help ‘to educate myself and change for the better’.
In May last year, the British actor revealed he considered taking his own life after the allegations came to light.
He told The Mail On Sunday he had considered suicide, saying: ‘I needed to do something unsurvivable.’
In 2021 allegations emerged from women, who all knew claimed to know the actor in a professional capacity and reported incidents while working with him on TV and film projects.
The allegations, spanning a 15-year period, include claims of unwanted touching or groping, sexually inappropriate behaviour and comments on set, the covert filming of a naked audition and the sharing of explicit pictures without consent.
In a harrowing interview with The Mail On Sunday, Mr Clarke said he pocketed a folding hunting knife bought as a souvenir while filming Auf Wiedersehen, Pet in Arizona 20 years ago and planned to cut his own throat.
Speaking last year, he said it was his 11-year-old child who ‘snapped him out of it’ by asking him a question — about why he was carrying a knife in his pocket.
Actor and producer Noel Clarke has dropped his legal action against Bafta, the academy has said
Mr Clarke, pictured in 2019, denied all allegations and the Met decided against launching a criminal probe in March – but later dropped it after claiming there was not enough evidence to start a criminal investigation
‘I needed to do something unsurvivable,’ the father-of-four said. ‘I was reaching for a book and the knife fell out of my pocket. My 11-year-old said, ‘Daddy, why have you got that?’
‘I said, “It’s just to pick the dirt out of my nails…”And he said, ‘Oh, OK,’ and somehow the ordinariness of that snapped me out of it.
‘Up to that point, I had been waiting for the right moment to kill myself. I was out of here. Done. I didn’t care about anything. My mind was destroyed.’
‘Twenty years of work was gone in 24 hours. I lost everything,’ he told the newspaper, adding that his career has been cancelled by the allegations.
‘The company I built from the ground up, my TV shows, my movies, my book deals, the industry respect I had.
‘In my heart and my head it has damaged me in a way I cannot articulate.’
Mr Clarke stayed off social media for 13 months after he was first accused of sexual misconduct, before making a reappearance on May 28, 2022, to share the Mail On Sunday’s article.
In the interview with the paper, he added: ‘I’m not a predator. I have crossed the road to avoid walking behind women since I was 15 years old.’
The actor is best known for acting in Doctor Who and co-creating The Hood Trilogy.
He has also had notable roles in Brotherhood, Star Trek Into Darkness and Mute.
MailOnline has approached Mr Clarke’s representatives for comment on his legal action against The Guardian.