Born in London in 1975, Noel studied Media at the University of North London (a predecessor of London Met) before training at London’s Actors Centre. His big break came in 2002 with the revival of hit show Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, in which he played Wyman Norris. A role in the new Doctor Who followed, and he has also appeared in Casualty and The Level. His work on the stage won Noel the Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Performer in 2003.
Noel wrote the screenplay for Kidulthood, released in 2006, and its sequel, Adulthood, which earned £1.2m in its opening weekend. His success led to a BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award in 2009. More recently, Noel has channelled his boundless creativity into comic books, creating the monthly superhero series The Troop, for Titan Comics, to critical acclaim.
It is for his creativity and achievements across film, television and print that we recognise Noel today.