Sir Lenny Henry at 60: A career in images

Sir Lenny Henry at 60: A career in pictures

Sir Lenny Henry At 60: A Career In Images

British comedian, performer and television presenter Sir Lenny Henry turns 60 on Wednesday 29 August. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look back over his career and life in pictures.

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Sir Lenny has been entertaining people for more than 40 years.

Born in 1958 in Dudley, West Midlands, Sir Lenny said of his childhood: “My family came to the UK at a time when blacks were just beginning to be integrated into British society.

“I was one of merely three blacks in our school.”

Television exposure came to Sir Lenny at the age of 16 on the talent show New Faces, when he bunked off school to try his luck as a comedian in 1975, ensure below.

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Sir Lenny Henry At 60: A Career In Images
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Sir Lenny became a regular on the Saturday morning ITV children’s show Tiswas( below ), alongside its main hosts Chris Tarrant and Sally James( front ).

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He said: “Tiswas represented an anarchic, irreverent style of slapstick and Chris Tarrant made a big impression on me.

“It was then that I began to develop my work.”

Sir Lenny’s characters on Tiswas included Algernon Winston Razamatazz, below left.

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The next slapstick adventure was Three of a Kind sketch show with Tracey Ullman and David Copperfield, running for three years on the BBC until 1983.

The show won commendations at the Variety Club Awards in 1984, watched below.

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In 1984, Sir Lenny married fellow comedian Dawn French at St Paul’s, Covent Garden, London.

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Sir Lenny got his own sketch program, the Lenny Henry Show in 1984, operating for two series in the 1980 s.

It featured Sir Lenny as the Brixton-based pirate radio DJ Delbert Wilkins, below.

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As well as DJ Delbert Wilkins were other characters, such as “Brixton’s Prince of Cool”, a style counsellor and a fashion model.

Seen below, to allow them to right, are Vas Blackwood as Winston, Sir Lenny Henry as Delbert Wilkins and Ellen Thomas as Rose, from the Lenny Henry Show.

Sir Lenny Henry At 60: A Career In Images

In 1985 Sir Lenny and Four Weddings and a Funeral director Richard Curtis co-founded Comic Relief, a British charity with the vision of creating a world free from poverty, using slapstick to raise money and change lives.

Sir Lenny is seen below with Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and marionettes from the satirical puppet show Spitting image at a Comic Relief photocall in 1986.

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The first Red Nose Day, part of Comic Relief, has just taken place in 1988, with more than 150 celebrities and comedians making a television appeal on the BBC to an audience of 30 million, raising PS15 million. Sir Lenny spent the first Red Nose Day with children in Ethiopia.

Comic Relief continues to this day, with Sir Lenny appointed as an Honorary Life President of Comic Relief in 2017.

In 1989, Sir Lenny made a live stand-up slapstick movie called Lenny Henry Live and Unleashed in front of a live audience at the Hackney Empire, the first British comic to do so.

Stills from Sir Lenny’s live show are ensure below, including his impersonation of Hollywood actor Eddie Murphy( below ).

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Sir Lenny starred in Touchstone/ Disney cinema True Identity in 1991, shot in LA and New York. He played relevant actors who disguises himself as a white man to escape from the mob, seen in a cinema poster and stills below.

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Sir Lenny is seen above and below left in True Identity.

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Also in 1991, Sir Lenny constructed BBC drama Alive and Kicking, playing a drug dealer with Robbie Coltrane( below centre) as a drug counsellor. It also featured Paul Barber as Earl Preston, below left.

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The drama earned the Monaco Red Cross and The Golden Nymph Award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.

In 1993, Sir Lenny starred in BBC comic-drama Chef !, playing Gareth Blackstock( find below ), a tough cook who juggles his eatery work and home life. The show operated for three series and demonstrated Sir Lenny’s acting ability beyond the sketch demonstrate format audiences had become to benefit from.

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In the 1990 s, Sir Lenny worked through his own production company Crucial Films and made a workshop for new novelists in conjunction with the BBC, called Step Forward.

The workshops led to a new series called The Real McCoy; six half-hour shows that aimed to present a black perspective through humour, sketches and musical numbers. Four farther series followed.

Series five of The Real mccoy featured( below, left to right) Kulwinder Ghir, Llewella Gideon, Judith Jacob, Leo Chester, Felix Dexter, Eddie Nestor, Meera Syal and Robbie Gee.

Sir Lenny Henry At 60: A Career In Images

Sir Lenny turned his hand to documentaries in 1997 with Lenny’s Big Amazon Adventure, a survival program in the Amazon, assured below.

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Sir Lenny was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Performance Award at the 2003 British Comedy Awards.

Also in 2003, Sir Lenny induced his first appearance in the London West End in the one-man indicate So Much Things to Say( see below ), co-written with Kim Fuller.

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He went on tour with the play in the UK, Australia and New Zealand in 2004.

The actor trod the boards again with his Shakespearean debut in 2009 starring as Othello at the Trafalgar Studios in London, find below with Jessica Harris as Desdemona.

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He won the Best Newcomer Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for his performance.

In 2010, Sir Lenny and Dawn French aimed their 25 -year marriage.

One of Sir Lenny’s most well-known impersonations is of the British newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald early in his career. In 2013 the pair were photographed together at a press night at the Duchess Theatre in London.

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Sir Lenny has fulfilled the Queen on numerous occasions including here in 2014 at the Dramatic Arts reception at Buckingham Palace.

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The following year, he received his knighthood, becoming Sir Lenny Henry, insured below at the investiture rite at Windsor Castle.

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Some of Sir Lenny’s most recent television work includes the BBC drama series The Consortium in 2015, insured being filmed below, which explored the life-changing repercussions of a group of people winning the lottery.

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Sir Lenny also played greengrocer Ed in ITV crime thriller series Broadchurch in 2017, ensure below.

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As Sir Lenny approached his 60 th birthday he disclosed changes to his diet for health reasons, including cutting out sugar and reducing alcohols uptake, leading to dramatic weight loss.

Despite his new strict eating regime, he recently told the One Prove that he still intended to let himself have a good time for his big day.

Sir Lenny is find below at a screening of the movie BlacKkKlansman in London, the week before his 60 th birthday.

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Sir Lenny Henry At 60: A Career In Images

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