Lenny’s orbit stretches from classical theatre to arena tours, Comic Relief and studies for his PhD. He continues to balance comedy, drama, activism and entertainment on radio, TV and live.
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, touring Australia 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. But it wasn’t until he landed his own vehicle that the finest comic creations emerged: Delbert Wilkins and the one man sex machine Theophilus P Wildebeest.
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.
More recently Lenny has picked out the funniest videos on the internet in lennyhenry.tv. 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.
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