‘Star Trek’ Actor Suspended From Current TV Show Over Alleged Misconduct

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Actors Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, director J.J. Abrams and Benedict Cumberbatch (Back L-R) Noel Clark, producer Bryan Burk, actor Karl Urban, writer Alex Kurtzman, writer Roberto Orci and producer Damon Lindelof attend the UK Premiere of "Star Trek Into Darkness" at The Empire Cinema on May 2, 2013 in London, England.

Noel Clarke, who’s best known to “Star Trek” fans for his role as Thomas Harewood in “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” has been suspended from his current television show because allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced.

On the morning of April 30, 2021, Deadline reported that Sky, the network behind the British show “Bulletproof,” had “halted Noel Clarke’s involvement in any future Sky productions.” A spokesperson for the company told Deadline that they were taking the allegations “extremely seriously.” A representative from Vertigo Films, the studio behind the show, made a similar statement.

ITV, the network behind Clarke’s other hit show “Viewpoint,” announced that it will no longer air the season finale of the show on Friday as scheduled.

Heavy has reached out to the networks and studio for comment.


The Allegations

British actor Noel Clarke poses arriving for the 23rd annual Empire Awards in London on March 18, 2018.

Getty ImagesBritish actor Noel Clarke poses arriving for the 23rd annual Empire Awards in London on March 18, 2018.

Sky’s decision to stop working with Clarke came a day after The Guardian published a feature outlining the allegations against the actor. An investigation by the publication found 20 women who accused Clarke of sexual harassment, bullying and verbal abuse.

The Guardian spoke to each of these women to uncover what they say are the details of their encounters with Clarke, which included “unwanted touching or groping, sexually inappropriate behaviour and comments on set, professional misconduct, taking and sharing sexually explicit pictures and videos without consent, and bullying.” The Guardian reported that some of the alleged incidents occurred over 15 years ago, while others occurred within the past few years.

The Guardian reported that Clarke’s lawyers denied all the accusations on behalf of their client. Heavy has reached out to Clarke’s legal representatives for further comment.

Clarke’s social media accounts have not been updated in a few days.


Clarke’s Statement

Noel Clarke attends the BAFTA Film Gala at the The Savoy Hotel, ahead of the EE British Academy Film Awards this Sunday, on February 08, 2019 in London, England.

Tristan Fewings/Getty ImagesNoel Clarke attends the BAFTA Film Gala at the The Savoy Hotel, ahead of the EE British Academy Film Awards this Sunday, on February 8, 2019, in London, England.

On the afternoon of April 30, Clarke released a statement addressing the allegations:

I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing. Recent reports however have made it clear to me that some of my actions have affected people in ways I did not intend or realise. To those individuals, I am deeply sorry. I will be seeking professional help to educate myself and change for the better.


Clarke’s Co-Stars Speak Out

Ashley Walters, Clarke’s ‘Bulletproof’ costar took to Twitter to issue a statement about the allegations against Clarke. Walters unequivocally voiced his support for the women who’d come forward and condemned sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Though Walters did not condemn Clarke directly, he made it clear that he was not ignoring the accusations.

Alexandra Roach, Clarke’s “Viewpoint” costar, also took to Twitter to make a statement. She expressed her support to the women who’d come forward. She also sent love to the cast and crew of “Viewpoint,” who were all impacted by ITV’s decision not to air the finale.


Clarke’s Work in the ‘Star Trek’ Universe

Noel Clarke attends the IMAX 3D Premiere of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' at BFI IMAX on May 2, 2013 in London, England.

Tim P. Whitby/Getty ImagesNoel Clarke attends the IMAX 3D Premiere of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ at BFI IMAX on May 2, 2013, in London, England.

Clarke was already a massive star in England when he joined the cast of “Into Darkness.” He’d done several popular television shows including “Doctor Who” and “Casualty.” Clarke had also written and starred in the hit movie Kidulthood.

He brought his fame to the role of Thomas Harewood in J.J. Abrams’ retelling of “The Wrath of Khan.”

Harewood was a member of the infamous Section 31, Starfleet’s black ops organization. He was approached by Khan Noonien Singh, under the alias John Harrison. Singh said that he would cure Harewood’s sick daughter if Harewood carried out a dangerous mission on Singh’s behalf. Singh convinced Harewood to set off a bomb at the Kelvin Memorial Archive. Harewood was killed during the bombing, which also killed 42 others.

When top-level Starfleet officials gathered to investigate the apparent act of terrorism, Singh infiltrated the meeting with the intention of murdering Admiral Alexander Marcus.

The character, who wasn’t even named in the movie until the end credits, has never appeared in any other “Star Trek” works, canon or licensed. The role was Clarke’s only appearance in the “Star Trek” universe.

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