Lenny Henry has been a comedian since the age of 16. He has risen from being a cult star on children's television to becoming one of Britain's best-known comedians, as well as an actor and writer.
Lenny has won many awards including the Monaco Red Cross and The Golden Nymph Award at The Monte Carlo Television Festival, the Radio & Television Industry Club Award for BBC Personality of the Year, The Golden Rose at the Montreux Television Festival and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Comedy Awards.
Lenny first found fame as a comedy impressionist on 70’s TV talent show, New Faces and is best known for his appearances on TISWAS, Three of a Kind, The Lenny Henry Show, Hope & Glory, Lenny Henry in Pieces and Chef!
He has completed many sell-out live stand-up tours in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
On radio, Lenny worked for three years as a DJ on BBC Radio 1. He has also worked extensively for Radio 4, starring in the comedy Rudy’s Rare Records and presenting the series Lenny and Will.
He made his West End acting debut in the role of Othello in the Northern Broadsides production at the Trafalgar Studios. His portrayal won him critical acclaim and the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Newcomer.
In 2011, he presented a new BBC1 Saturday night show called Magicians, embarked on a UK tour called Cradle To Rave, which then toured Australia and New Zealand, wrote the Radio 4 play Corinne Come Back and Gone and returned to Shakespeare by playing Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors at The Olivier Theatre at The National.
Returning to the stage in 2013, Lenny starred in the August Wilson play, Fences, on tour and then at the Duchess Theatre in London and in 2014 he appeared in the stage version of Rudy’s Rare Records, at the Birmingham Rep and Hackney Empire.
Most recently, Lenny appeared in BBC1’s The Syndicate in early 2015 and on stage at The Chichester Festival in Educating Rita. He starred in Danny And The Human Zoo on BBC1 in August 2015, which he wrote and was produced by Red Productions, and a three part series on Sky Arts called Lenny Henry’s Got The Blues, which started on 18 September and was produced by his own company, Douglas Road Productions.
Following on from the TV series, Lenny Henry’s Got The Blues, Lenny and his band released an album of blues music, called New Millennium Blues.
It was announced in June 2015 that Lenny Henry would be awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday honours for services to charity.