TBB Talks to … BAFTA Breakthrough 2022 Finalist Nicôle Lecky

Singing, dancing, acting, telling stories, creating worlds – these are activities most children enjoy.

It’s just not every kid who turns all of those things into a career. That’s what east Londoner Nicôle Lecky did, first signing on to BBC Three’s writing course E20, then attending Mountview Academy to do an acting degree, which led to roles on such shows as Sense8 (2015), Death in Paradise (2019) and Bloods (2021).

But the desire to create something of her own prompted Nicôle to write Superhoe, a solo play that she then adapted into a six-part Mood (2022) for BBC Three. Mood’s breathtaking mix of drama, comedy and song and dance saw Nicôle write, act in the lead, sing her own songs and executive produce the show.

We spoke to Nicôle about making this year’s final 20 BAFTA Breakthrough list …

Nicôle Lecky Writer/Executive Producer/Performer | Photo credit Sophia Spring

Please introduce yourself …

I’m Nicôle Lecky a writer/actress/exec producer and singer-song writer. I’m from London. Why and how did you get involved in Mood.

Tell us about the team you worked with – who was imperative to making your life easier whilst working on Mood?

I worked with Margery Bone, who exec-produced the show with me. She was instrumental in helping me pull off such an ambitious show and had the belief in Mood from the beginning. Lisa Walters the producer was with me in the trenches on a daily basis. Abi Leland and Ed Baile our music supervisors who connected me with the music team and helped create the music sequences you see. And a whole host of other brilliant creatives who were integral like the cast.

What does Mood mean to you personally?

Mood is the first TV show that I created and wrote and for that it will always be so special to me. It’s the first time I’ve Exec produced and a chance for people to see my work on this scale both as an actress and writer.

Tell us a memorable moment from idea to final edit?

One of my favourite moments was filming the scene in the housing office. It was such a joyous day on set and our choreographer Kenrick Sandy made it such a great day.

Share a skill-defining moment working on this project …

Being in the edit properly for the first time was an education. I spent weeks and weeks there and found I have such a love and admiration for it.

What does being a BAFTA Breakthrough finalist mean to you?

I feel really chuffed and thrilled to be recognised and selected with such a talented bunch of people.

How are you hoping it will support your career?

I’m looking forward to meeting directors and writers who can share their experiences with me and help me progress in the next phase of my career. I’m hoping that being part of this cohort will also be a really lovely thing.

What’s next?

I’m working on a mixture of film and tv projects for myself. I’m also excited to get back on set as an actress on projects I haven’t personally written, as there are so many exciting talents I’d love to work with.


Where can we watch / find your latest work?

Mood can be found on BBC iPlayer and BBC America and AMC+


Read the rest of the BAFTA Breakthrough 2022 interviews here.

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