Lenny Henry

TV Work

I started working in television when I was 16 years old. As stated elsewhere, I won a talent competition called New Faces. And then I was catapulted into the world of television via Britain's first ever all-black sitcom, The Fosters, which starred Norman Beaton as well as myself and various others. This was one of […]
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Stage work

I'm very proud of my work on stage and in the theatre. I've always loved playing characters. Even when I was little, I used to pretend to be Tony Curtis in The Persuaders or Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones, or Simon Templer, or The Man in a Suitcase. I loved play acting, and perhaps […]
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Live work

I don't do stand-up as much as I used to, but when I do, I throw down like a mo-fo! I love connecting with the audience. I do quite a lot of corporate gigs. (Me in a hotel. There is a knock on the door at nine o'clock. I walk down. I go through the […]


My mum was strange. She always said you should pay attention to achievements more than honours, but the thing is, she would have loved me getting the knighthood. So the main reason I accepted the knighthood – even in the face of people saying, “don’t do it” – was because of my mum.


2019 SOUTH BANK SHOW AWARDS Outstanding Achievement Award. That was extraordinary. I want to dedicate it to Lisa because I forgot to mention her when I said thank you to everybody else in the world. Boy, was she pissed off! I remember I ran back on stage and said, "Oh, I love you, Lisa. Thank […]

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