Lenny Henry

Born Aug 29, 1958

Lenworth George "Lenny" Henry CBE, is a British actor, writer, comedian and occasional television presenter.

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  • Lenny Henry Joins Broadchurch After Previously Saying Drama Was Too White
    Guardian (UK) - May 23, 2016
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    Why Did The Dying Grandma Shred $1 Million?
    Huffington Post - Nov 09, 2015
  • Theater Review: A British Comedian In August Wilson's 'fences'
    NYTimes - Jul 09, 2013
  • British Comedian Dawn French Marries For A Second Time
    Yahoo News - Apr 22, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Lenny Henry.


1958 Birth Henry was born in Dudley, West Midlands, on 29 August 1958, the son of Jamaican immigrants. … Read More


1975 16 Years Old 1 More Event
Henry's first manager was Robert Luff, who signed him in 1975 and gave him the opportunity to perform as part of the Luff-produced touring stage version of The Black and White Minstrel Show. … Read More
1978 19 Years Old Around the same time, he co-hosted the children's programme Tiswas from 1978 until 1981, and subsequently performed and wrote for the show Three of a Kind.


1980 21 Years Old Also in 1980, he teamed up with The Comic Strip where he met his wife, comedian Dawn French. … Read More
1984 25 Years Old 1 More Event
He made a guest appearance in the final episode of The Young Ones as The Postman, in 1984.
1987 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Prior to the 1987 general election, Henry lent his support to Red Wedge by participating in a comedy tour organised by the campaign.


1991 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1991, he starred in a BBC drama alongside Robbie Coltrane called Alive and Kicking, in which he played a heroin addict, which was based on a true story.
1996 37 Years Old He was co-creator with Neil Gaiman and producer of the 1996 BBC drama serial Neverwhere. … Read More


2003 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2003, Henry was listed in The Observer as one of the fifty funniest acts in British comedy. … Read More
2004 - 2006 3 More Events
On 16 March 2007, Henry made a cameo appearance as himself in a sketch with Catherine Tate, who appeared in the guise of her character Geordie Georgie from The Catherine Tate Show. … Read More
2008 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 2008, Henry's series was broadcast on BBC One. … Read More


2009 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2009, he appeared on the BBC's comedy show, Live at The Apollo, in which he played host for the night, introducing Andy Parsons and Ed Byrne, where he referred to Wikipedia as "Wrongopedia" for containing incorrect information about his life.
In 2010, Henry produced and starred in a five-part web series for the BBC Comedy website, Conversations with my Wife, about a fictional couple conversing over Skype while the wife is away on business leaving the husband (played by Henry) to hold the fort at home. … Read More
In 2011, Henry presented a Saturday night magic series called The Magicians on BBC One. … Read More
2014 55 Years Old In 2014, Lenny appeared in and produced a play based on his radio show Rudy's Rare Records, which played at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre before moving on to a run in London.
In 2015 Danny and the Human Zoo a ninety-minute film for television was made and shown, written by Henry and directed by Destiny Ekaragha, it was a fictionalised account of the former's life as a teenager in 1970s Dudley. … Read More
2016 57 Years Old Henry later released "hard hitting animated blues video" directed by Iranian filmmaker, Sam Chegini titled "The Cops Don't Know" which was premiered on Classic Rock Magazine on 20 April 2016. Henry met Dawn French on the alternative comedy circuit. They married in 1984 in Westminster, London; and have a daughter, Billie (born 1991), whom they adopted. … Read More
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