Lenny Henry

Lenny Henry Lenworth George "Lenny" Henry CBE (born 29 August 1958) is an English actor, writer, comedian and occasional television presenter. Henry, the son of Jamaican immigrants, was born at Burton Road Hospital in Dudley in 1958. He was a pupil at St John's Primary School and later The Blue Coat School in Dudley, before completing his education at W.R. Tuson College (now Preston College). 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 In July 2009, Lenny Henry stated he was contractually obliged to perform and regretted his part in the show. His earliest television appearance was on the New Faces talent show in 1976 where he repeatedly won. The following year he appeared in LWT's sitcom The Fosters alongside Norman Beaton, Britain's first comedy series with predominantly black performers. His formative years were in working men's clubs where his act —...



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