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Lenny Henry CBE (1958-)

Posted on 01/08/2012

Lenny Henry CBE

MA Screenwriting for TV & Film, 2010 RHBNC

One of the most beloved faces on British television, Lenny Henry is an actor, writer, comedian and occasional television presenter. He has fronted a variety of comedy television series and starred in sitcoms such as Chef. As a founder of Comic Relief, he has hosted the show and presented filmed reports from overseas on the work of the charity. He has made notable appearences in Shakespearean roles, firstly as Othello for Northern Broadsides and then in The Comedy of Errors for the National Theatre. He was knighted in the Queen's 2015 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity. In July 2016, Lenny became the chancellor of Birmingham City University to help inspire young people particularly in the West Midlands to get into learning. Henry was awarded the BAFTA Television: Special Award in 2016.


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