Growing up, fun, irreverent and unfiltered TV shows and documentaries always fascinated Abigail Dankwa, and as a young high school student, she used to drag her sisters to Leicester Square, to ‘present’ fictitious TV show segments that she would then edit, inspired by the glamour of the programmes she loved.
Initially fashion caught Abigail’s eye and she worked at a modelling agency for several years but her creativity didn’t find its true outlet until she studied at NFTS, at first, with a goal of eventually becoming an entertainment producer. However, once she sat in a director’s chair, she knew she’d found her calling. A huge opportunity came through as one of the stage managers on the London Olympics & Paralympics Opening Ceremonies, after which Danny Boyle asked her to assist on his TV show, Babylon. From there, Abigail became a gallery director on Big Brother and loved every second but was also drawn to more truthful stories, and it doesn’t get more truthful than 24 Hours in A&E. Subsequently, Abigail made head way into Multi Camera Directing, working in a variety of entertainment shows.
Being BAFTA Breakthrough’s first multi-camera director means a great deal to Abigail, she feels supported by an institution that acknowledges all of the hard work and unflinching creativity that goes into the TV industry, and sees the honour as a nudge and an encouragement to keep going, to keep pushing forward.