Lenny Henry has risen from being a cult star on children’s television to being an award winning comedian and one of Britain’s best known and loved personalities. He has had a crucial influence on the creation of black-centred comedy and characters in the UK.
Lenny’s first television exposure as a comedian was on New Faces when he was just 17. Over the years his character creations have ranged from Brixton’s favourite wideboy Delbert Wilkins to the one man “sex machine” Theophilus P. Wildebeeste. Lenny and his various characters appeal across all classes, creeds and age groups. He has had many television appearances, including One’s Hope and Glory, Lenny’s Atlantic Adventure in which Lenny crossed the Atlantic with sailor Tony Bullimore, The Man, Lenny Goes To Town, Lenny’s Big Amazon Adventure, Lenny Henry Gets Wild, Chef!, The Lenny Henry Show, The Lenny Henry Christmas Show, Lenny Henry: In Dreams, Bernard And The Genie, Comic Strip Presents Oxford, Comic Strip Presents South Atlantic Raiders, The Lenny Henry Special, The Delbert Wilkins Show, Lenny Henry Tonite and Three of A Kind. Lenny has also appeared in the films Goodbye Mr Steadman, True Identity and Live and Unleashed. Lenny also embarked on a one man stand-up UK tour entitled ‘Have You Seen This Man’.
Lenny Henry was awarded the CBE in 1999 for Services to Charity and has received many prestigious awards, including the received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Comedy Awards in 2003.