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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 29 August 1958Dudley, West Midlands, England, UK
Birth NameLenworth George Henry
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Lenworth George Henry was born on August 29, 1958, in Dudley, West Midlands in England to a family of Jamaican immigrants. He made his TV debut on a talent show called "New Faces" in 1975 at the age of 16. He won and went on to things such as The Fosters (1976) and Tiswas (1974), which was when his career as a comedian took off. In 1989, Lenny Henry made the stand-up comedy movie Lenny Live and Unleashed (1989), which caught the eyes of the Walt Disney Company, which gave him the lead role in the American movie True Identity (1991) and a contract to do two other Disney films for about US$1 million. The movie flopped, bringing in less than US$5 million. The contract was canceled, and Lenny got half of what he would have if he had done the three films. Lenny is now becoming well-known in the United States for the role of Gareth Blackstock in the hit BBC show Chef! (1993).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: D.B. Dickerson <dbdiii@juno.com>

Spouse (1)

Dawn French (20 October 1984 - 25 October 2010) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (10)

Son of Jamaican parents.
Has an adopted daughter named Billie.
Worked with the 1980s band the Style Council on the album "Our Favourite Shop" on a song called "A Stand-Up Comic's Instructions," which tries to point out that stand-up comics shouldn't use cheap jokes about homosexuals, Asians, Blacks, and Irish people to get laughs.
Friend of Neil Gaiman, author of such books as "The Sandman," "American Gods," "Neverwhere," and co-author of the book "Good Omens" with Terry Pratchett.
Is a stand-up comedian
Supports West Bromwich Albion FC
He allegedly declined the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) before accepting the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1999 Queen's New Years Honors List for his services to drama and charity.
His brother Paul Henry has written some comedy for him before.
Touring the UK playing the lead in the Northern Broadside/West Yorkshire Playhouse production of Shakespeare's 'Othello' directed by Barry Rutter [April 2009]
Appearing in television ads for Premier Hotels and starring in BBC Radio 4 sitcom Rudy's Rare Records. [March 2008]

Personal Quotes (6)

Writer Johnny Speight tried to ensure that in each storyline, Alf came off the worst. But when I went to school the next morning, it was always me who came off worst. Context is everything. Alf Garnett was a ludicrous character, and in the right context pretty funny, but put him against the background of Enoch Powell's "Rivers of Blood" speech - is he so funny then? (On Till Death Us Do Part (1965))
To walk on set and find a black director of photography or an Asian boom operator is as rare as seeing John McCririck on the front cover of Vanity Fair.
TV producers of the 1960s and 1970s missed a great opportunity. Rather than reflect the reality of multi-ethnic Britain they chose a more xenophobic route - emphasizing points of difference instead of similarities. If they had been more truthful in their observations, who's to say we couldn't have encouraged more young black kids at school or prevented the Brixton riots even?
There is still so much work to do. When you can cast a Somalian girl in your piece simply because she's the best actress or when you can cast an Asian girl, and she is not playing the victim of an arranged marriage, or cast a bloke with dreadlocks not playing a drug dealer, then we will have something to work on.
By the time Queen Victoria was on the throne, this country had a sizable black population, so where are they? You can't move for bonnets and crinolines and the people wearing them are all white. (On costume dramas)
When I started, I was surrounded by a predominantly white workforce. Thirty-two years later, not a lot has changed.

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