Lenny Henry

News: Christmas Animation For Lenny Henry

Magic Light Pictures, the multi Oscar-nominated production company, has been providing festive family treats to BBC One for over a decade.


News: Lenny Henry To Play Richard Pryor

It has been confirmed that Sir Lenny Henry is to play legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor onstage.

The performance will be at the National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre, but comedy fans will have to wait until 2020 to see it. Tickets are not on sale yet, but it was announced at the NT's latest annual press conference. It will be called Richard Pryor on Fire and will be directed by Paulette Randall.


News: Lenny Henry To Star In Slavery Drama

Sir Lenny Henry is one of the star names in the new BBC adaptation of Andrea Levy’s best seller The Long Song.

Tamara Lawrance (Kings Charles III, Undercover) leads the cast as protagonist July, which will also star Hayley Atwell (Howards End, Avengers), Jack Lowden (War & Peace, Dunkirk) and Sir Lenny Henry (Broadchurch). 


News: 60th Birthday Special For Lenny Henry

BBC One is to broadcast a Sir Lenny Henry 60th Birthday special hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald.

In 1975, a 16-year-old Lenny Henry bunked off school to appear on New Faces. In 2018, after a long and glittering career, Sir Lenny is 60 – the perfect excuse to celebrate a man who has made a unique impact on British comedy.


News: Lenny Henry Returns To TV Comedy With New Sketch Show

Sir Lenny Henry is set to return to his comedy roots with a new show. Featuring a mix of comedy styles, Henry is centre stage as host of the pilot for a new series entitled, It's Alive!


News: Sir Lenny Henry To Make BBC Documentary

Sir Lenny Henry is to make a documentary for the BBC entitled  Lenny Henry: The Commonwealth Kid.

Dudley born, but Jamaica bred, Henry considers himself a Commonwealth Kid, born to Jamaican parents who came to the UK as part of the post-Windrush generation in 1957.


News: ITV News in Lenny Henry/Ainsley Harriott Gaffe

ITV News is red-faced after it ran a story about Lenny Henry but featured footage of Ainsley Harriott during the report by mistake.

The story was a report on Henry receiving his knighthood at Windsor Castle but it was accompanied by a clip of Harriott performing at the Comedy Store. The footage was not shown during the +1 broadcast and is not on ITV's catch-up service.

The clip used inadvertently dates back more than two decades and features TV chef Harriott when he was in musical comedy double act The Calypso Twins.


News: Lenny Henry, Enfield & Whitehouse Unite To Fight Knife Crime

Sir Lenny Henry, Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse are among the comedians appearing at a one-off benefit gig to raise money to fight knife crime. The show, organised by educational organisation The Comedy School, takes place at the Eventim Apollo on October 11.

News: Lenny Henry To Receive Knighthood

Lenny Henry is due to receive a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List to be announced next week. According to newspaper reports Henry will receive the award for his for services to charity and comedy. This year the total raised by Red Nose Day hit £1bn.

According to the story, Henry turned down an OBE under the last Conservative government in 1994, but accepted a CBE in 1999 when Labour was in power.


News: Awards for Lenny Henry, W1A, Sheridan Smith, Crackanory

Lenny Henry has been awarded the Harvey Lee Award for Outstanding Contribution To Broadcasting today at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards. It was in recognition of his campaign for greater diversity in the industry and for his role in Comic Relief.

Broadcasting satire W1A, starring Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes, won the award for Best Entertainment Comedy. Dave's Crackanory won Best Multichannel Programme.


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