Rising from being a cult star on children’s television, Sir Lenny Henry has become one of Britain’s best-known comedians, as well as a writer and an award-winning actor. Lenny’s stage presence, energy and skill makes him a perfect choice for corporate events. One of the most experienced acts on the circuit, he brings that extra star quality, professionalism and always a personal and tailored performance to any event.
First finding fame as a comedy impressionist in the 70’s, Lenny has appeared in numerous TV shows, and sells out live stand-up tours in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. His work has won him 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 2009 Lenny made his West End acting debut in the role of Othello, winning critical acclaim and the London Evening Standard’s Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer. Other stage roles Lenny has been praised for include Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors and August Wilson in Fences. Over recent years Lenny has been more present on our screens, appearing in dramas including The Syndicate, The Long Song and Broadchurch. Lenny also features in the Amazon Prime Lord of the Rings prequel, The Rings of Power streaming from September 2022.
Alongside his work on stage and screen, Lenny is probably best known for his role in Comic Relief, the charity he co-founded with Richard Curtis in 1985. Lenny is also a vocal advocate of Diversity in the Arts and in 2018, having completed a course at Royal Holloway University of London, Lenny received a PhD in Media Arts.
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"Introduced as the surprise guest at the Toyota Best Retailer in Town awards, Sir Lenny Henry’s enthusiasm, energy and undoubted comedic brilliance, charmed an expectant audience of nominees and winners. A mixture of his classic humour combined with detailed tailored researched material was a huge hit. Many of those who attended previously claimed this to be the best awards event we have held. A genuinely nice guy whose professionalism, experience and undoubted star quality helped us to have a fantastic evening."