Sir Lenny Henry has risen from being a cult star on children’s television to being one of Britain’s best known and loved personalities – who has had a crucial influence on the creation of black-centred comedy and characters.
Lenny is also a writer, philanthropist and award-winning actor. In recent years Lenny has starred in The Comedy of Errors at The National, at the Duchess Theatre, The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui at the Donmar Warehouse and King Hedley II at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Lenny’s on screen credits include Broadchurch, The Syndicate, The Long Song and the biographic film Danny and The Human Zoo. Lenny’s Production Company, Douglas Road, has achieved success in partnership with Burning Bright on the recently acclaimed The Commonwealth Kid documentary and has a host of other programmes in the pipeline. As a co-founder of Comic Relief Lenny was delighted to announce this year that the British Public has donated over £1billion to Comic Relief over the last 30 years. Lenny is a strong advocate for diversity, using his voice to give talks on the subject all over the world. He has been a Trustee of the National Theatre since February 2016 and was awarded a Knighthood in 2015 for services to drama and charity. In 2018 the BBC broadcast The Lenny Henry Birthday Show, looking back on Lenny’s career to commemorate his 60th birthday. In 2019 Faber published Lenny’s memoir, Who Am I Again?
Lenny is also a vocal advocate of Diversity in the Arts and in 2018, having completed a course at Royal Holloway University of London, Lenny received a PhD in Media Arts.
Lenny was awarded the Lifetime Achievement – Performance Award at the British Comedy Awards. His latest shows include BBC’s Lenny’s Britain and Lenny’s Perfect Night In. He also had a sell out National tour with his one man show, “Where You From” and continues to be a highly popular choice for corporate events.
” Lenny was fabulous. The feedback has been great, he was friendly, approachable, professional, but added his own humour and personality to the night too. “ Martha Browes, Regional Communications Adviser, LSC