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 a writer and an
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. In 2016, Lenny was awarded the British Academy Television Special Award.
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 Drama’s such as Day Release and Bad Faith. Lenny created the radio comedy
drama series Rudy’s Rare Records and presented programmes such as the award winning
documentary strands: Raising the Bar, Lenny and Will, and What’s So Great About?
He has written three plays for Radio 4: ‘Corinne Come Back and Gone’, ‘Miss You
Still’ and ‘Amsterdam’. He is also the creator of ‘Rogues Gallery’
– a mini series of short sting-in-the-tail comedy monologues.
He made his West End acting debut in the role of Othello in the Northern Broadsides production at the
Trafalgar Studios in 2009. His portrayal won him the London Evening Standard’s Milton Shulman
Award for Outstanding Newcomer; he returned to Shakespeare by playing Antipholus of Syracuse in The
Comedy of Errors at the Olivier at The National Theatre.
2013 saw Lenny take on the starring role in August Wilson’s, Fences, on tour and then at the
Duchess Theatre in London where he picked up a Critic’s Circle Best Actor award.
In 2014 he appeared in the stage version of Rudy’s Rare Records, at the Birmingham Rep and
Lenny appeared in BBC1’s The Syndicate in early 2015 and on stage at the Chichester Festival
Theatre in Educating Rita.
In August 2015, BBC1 premiered his semi-autobiographical drama, Danny And The Human Zoo written by
Lenny. The story was loosely based on his experiences of growing up and he played a role based on
his own father and received great reviews.
Lenny then hosted a three-part Sky Arts documentary called Lenny Henry’s Got The Blues, looking
at the history of blues music in the UK and was co- produced by his production company, Douglas Road
Productions and 7 Wonder. Following on from the TV series, Lenny and his band released an album of
blues music called New Millennium Blues.
Lenny was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to charity and
drama on 4th December 2015.
In March 2016 Lenny was awarded a fellowship of the Royal Television Society, alongside a Judges
Award for his work raising awareness of diversity within the television industry. He was also
presented with the Alan Clarke Special Award in recognition of his outstanding creative contribution
to television at the 2016 BAFTA Awards.
He co-founded Comic Relief with Richard Curtis in 1985. Since then Lenny has been a Comic Relief
Trustee and visited a number of overseas projects to see where the money donated has been spent on
vital projects. Lenny has been involved in every Red Nose Day night of TV since 1988. In 2015, Lenny
was delighted to announce that the British public had donated over £1billion to Comic Relief
over the last 30 years.
In 2017, Lenny lead a line-up of stars for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day. He co-presented the
night of comedy, sketches and music live from The O2 on BBC1.
Later in 2017 Lenny made his Donmar Warehouse debut in ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’,
playing the lead role of Arturo Ui to critical acclaim. Lenny also appeared in the final series of
ITV’s Broadchurch, with a starring role in the eight-part series and returned to radio with a
part in Anansi Boys, broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
In June 2018, having completed a course at Royal Holloway University of London, Lenny received a PhD
in Media Arts.
In April 2018 Lenny also featured in a documentary that aired on BBC Two and was co-produced by his
company Douglas Road Productions based on his experiences. ‘The Commonwealth Kid’ saw
him explore his family’s move from Jamaica to Britain and was highly appraised in reviews and
A celebration of Lenny’s career coinciding with his 60th Birthday aired in August
this year on BBC One. The Lenny Henry Birthday Show featured clips of his well-loved works and an
interview conducted by Sir Trevor McDonald.
In November 2018 Lenny co-presented a four-part chronological series on classical music on BBC Four.
In December 2018 Lenny appeared in BBC’s The Long Song, a series adapted from Andrea Levy’s
award-winning novel of the same name.
Lenny’s company Douglas Road Productions developed Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle for BBC4.
A series of 8 monologues in which Lenny played the part of an older man ‘Cyrus’ who had
come to Britain as part of the Windrush generation.
Looking ahead to 2019, Lenny has been cast in August Wilson’s King Hedley II as Elmore, which
is being revived at The Theatre Royal Stratford East in May 2019.
Lenny is currently developing programmes across the genres to be produced by his company Douglas Road
Productions and is writing his memoir, which is due to be published in 2019
On a personal note he reads comics (anything by Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Brian Michael Bendis, Brian
K Vaughan, Ed Brubaker, Mark Millar, Colleen Doran) and lots of books – Anamik Saha, Stephen
Kin, Professor Stuart Hall, Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman, Dreda Say Mitchell, Emile Zola,
Charles Dickens, James Baldwin, Walter Mosley.
He’d like to admit “right here and right now that Vinyl is the way forward.”
Angela Ferreira has over twenty years' international experience and has produced, executive produced
or commissioned some of the biggest worldwide TV brands including Big Brother, Glastonbury, Blue
Peter, The Wogan Show, Come Dine With Me, The MOBO Awards, The O Zone, Deal or No Deal, Smash Hits
Poll Winners Party, The Isle of Wight Festival, The V Festival, The Q Awards and Kerrang! as well as
huge one-off specials such as ‘Concert for Diana’ and ‘Notting Hill Carnival Live’
and has worked with and developed shows for international A list talent as well as launching the
careers of several major UK presenters.
Angela has worked for all the major UK
broadcasters in a senior leadership capacity including internally and externally for the BBC,
Channel 4, Sky, Radio 1 and as an independent producer for ITV, Channel 5 and Reelz in the US. She
has also produced televised events and branded content for Government, NGO's and corporate clients
in the UK, US and across Europe.
Additionally, Angela has worked in BBC News &
Current Affairs, BBC Drama and produced BBC Comedy.
Angela is a guest lecturer at
The National Film and Television School where she sits on the TV Advisory Board, and is a governor
at The Brit School.