Sir Lenny Henry CBE
Lenny Henry is one of Britain’s best loved and most versatile performers. He is at home on television and on stage, in drama and in cabaret, fronting his band, voicing film characters, exploring how humour differs around the country, and raising money for Comic Relief.
After winning the New Faces talent show, Lenny made his mark on TISWAS then progressed to Three of a Kind alongside Tracy Ullman and David Copperfield.
Outside comedy and sketch shows, Lenny attracted huge ratings as the obstreperous Gareth Blackstock in Chef. He then made his Hollywood debut in Disney’s True Identity, returning to Britain to film Alive and Kicking with Robbie Coltrane – winning a Golden Nymph Award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.
He has starred in Radio 4’s sitcom Rudy’s Rare Records (as well as performing the show live), and presented three radio documentaries investigating whether life coaches, method acting and Bob Dylan are all they’re cracked up to be. Lenny has also developed another string to his bow; treading the boards to great acclaim as Othello, leading to other critically praised stage roles in Fences and The Comedy of Errors.