Lenny Henry


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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 ... See full bio »

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The Pirates! Band of Misfits Peg Leg Hastings
(2012)
Penelope Krull
(2006)
Chef! Gareth
(1993-1996)

Filmography

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 2019 Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle (TV Mini-Series)
Cyrus
- Cyrus 2011 (2019) ... Cyrus
 2018 Zog (TV Short)
Narrator (voice)
 2018 The Long Song (TV Series)
Godfrey
- Episode #1.1 (2018) ... Godfrey
 2018 Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote (Short)
Therapist
 2017 Broadchurch (TV Series)
Ed Burnett
- Episode #3.8 (2017) ... Ed Burnett
- Episode #3.7 (2017) ... Ed Burnett
- Episode #3.6 (2017) ... Ed Burnett
- Episode #3.5 (2017) ... Ed Burnett
- Episode #3.4 (2017) ... Ed Burnett
 2017 Comic Relief: Red Nose Day (TV Movie)
 2016 Sir Lenny Henry: The Cops Don't Know (Short)
Protest Leader
 2015 Danny and the Human Zoo (TV Movie)
Samson
 2015 The Syndicate (TV Series)
Godfrey Watson
- Episode #3.6 (2015) ... Godfrey Watson
- Episode #3.5 (2015) ... Godfrey Watson
- Episode #3.4 (2015) ... Godfrey Watson
- Episode #3.3 (2015) ... Godfrey Watson
- Episode #3.2 (2015) ... Godfrey Watson
 2014 Rudy's Rare Records (TV Movie)
Adam
 2012 The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Peg Leg Hastings (voice)
 2012 National Theatre Live: The Comedy of Errors
Antipholus of Syracuse
 2011-2012 Tinga Tinga Tales (TV Series)
Elephant
- Why Cricket Chirrups (2012) ... Elephant (voice)
- Why Cheetah Has Tears (2011) ... Elephant (voice)
- Why Meerkat Is Always on the Lookout (2011) ... Elephant (voice)
- Why Mole Lives Underground (2011) ... Elephant (voice)
- Why Eagle Rules the Skies (2011) ... Elephant (voice)
 2008-2011 Big and Small (TV Series)
Big and Small / Big / Small
- Catch a Falling Star (2011) ... Big and Small (voice)
- A Room of Small's Own (2011) ... Big and Small (voice)
- Millions of Vegetables Soup (2011) ... Big and Small (voice)
- Missing Answer (2011) ... Big and Small (voice)
- The Box (2011) ... Big / Small (voice)
 2010 Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul (TV Series)
Cassius Clay
- Episode #3.1 (2010) ... Cassius Clay
 2010 'Conversations with My Wife' (TV Series)
Drew
 2007 A Bucket o' French & Saunders (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (2007)
 2007 Jackanory Junior (TV Series)
Storyteller
 2006 Berry's Way (TV Movie)
Berry Cotterell
 2006 Penelope
Krull
 2005 Mirrormask
Cops 1-4
 2003 Little Robots (TV Series)
Sporty
- Reach for the Sky (2003) ... Sporty (voice)
- Spotty Rules (2003) ... Sporty (voice)
- Scary Scary (2003) ... Sporty (voice)
 2003 Lenny Henry in Pieces (TV Series)
- Episode #2.2 (2003)
 2001 Goodbye, Mr Steadman (TV Movie)
Roy Buchanan
 2000 French & Saunders Live (Video)
Dimco announcer (voice, uncredited)
 1999-2000 Hope and Glory (TV Series)
Ian George
- Episode #3.6 (2000) ... Ian George
- Episode #3.5 (2000) ... Ian George
- Episode #3.4 (2000) ... Ian George
- Episode #3.3 (2000) ... Ian George
- Episode #3.2 (2000) ... Ian George
 1999 The Man (TV Movie)
Dennis Jackson
 1998 Lenny Goes to Town (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Dundee (1998) ... Various Characters
- Northhampton (1998) ... Various Characters
- Brighton (1998) ... Various Characters
- Cambridge (1998) ... Various Characters
- Port Talbot (1998) ... Various Characters
 1993-1996 Chef! (TV Series)
Gareth
- Paris? Jamaica? (1996) ... Gareth
- Rochelle (1996) ... Gareth
- Love in the Air (1996) ... Gareth
- Lessons in Talking (1996) ... Gareth
- Reeny/Renée (1996) ... Gareth
 1996 Famous Fred (Short)
Fred (voice)
 1988-1996 French and Saunders (TV Series)
Opening Narrator / Richard
- Dr. Quimn, Mad Woman (1996) ... (voice, uncredited)
- French & Saunders: The Special Edition (1993) ... Opening Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- Episode #2.5 (1988) ... Richard
 1994 White Goods (TV Movie)
Charlie Collins
 1993 Prince Cinders (Short)
Bouncer (voice, uncredited)
 1992 In Dreams (TV Movie)
Lenny / Michael Jackson / Prince
 1991 Bernard and the Genie (TV Movie)
Josephus the Genie
 1991 Screen One (TV Series)
Stevie 'Smudger' Smith
- Alive and Kicking (1991) ... Stevie 'Smudger' Smith
 1991 True Identity
Miles Pope
 1990 The Comic Strip Presents... (TV Series)
Steve Wild / Warder
- Oxford (1990) ... Steve Wild
- South Atlantic Raiders: Part 1 (1990) ... Warder
 1989 Work Experience (Short)
Terence
 1987-1988 The Lenny Henry Show (TV Series)
Delbert Wilkins
- Public Enemy (1988) ... Delbert Wilkins
- The Crucial Health (1988) ... Delbert Wilkins
- In-Laws and Out-Laws (1988) ... Delbert Wilkins
- The Single Life (1988) ... Delbert Wilkins
- Enterprise Zones (1988) ... Delbert Wilkins
 1988 The Suicide Club
Cam
 1987 Spitting Image: The Ronnie and Nancy Show (TV Short) (voice)
 1987 Screen Two (TV Series)
Ritchie Lee
- Coast to Coast (1987) ... Ritchie Lee
 1986 Lenny Henry Tonite (TV Series)
Various Characters
- What a Country! (1986) ... Various Characters
- Pratt Outta Hell (1986) ... Various Characters
- Popsi (1986) ... Various Characters
- Neighbourhood Watch (1986) ... Various Characters
- Heavenly Romance (1986) ... Various Characters
 1985 Happy Families (TV Series)
Hollywood Hobo
- Cassie (1985) ... Hollywood Hobo
 1984 The Young Ones (TV Series)
Postman
- Summer Holiday (1984) ... Postman
 1979 The Ronnie Corbett Special (TV Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1979)
 1976-1977 The Fosters (TV Series)
Sonny Foster
- The House Guest (1977) ... Sonny Foster
- The Family Way (1977) ... Sonny Foster
- That's My Boy (1977) ... Sonny Foster
- Who Needs Friends? (1977) ... Sonny Foster
- Home and Away (1977) ... Sonny Foster
 1975 The Summer Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1975)
 1974 Tiswas (TV Series)
Various (1978-1981)
Show Show Writer (16 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (162 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (24 credits)

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Other Works:

TV commercial for National Year of Reading. See more »

Publicity Listings:

7 Interviews | 3 Articles | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Lenny Henry CBE | Sir Lenny Henry CBE | Shrunken Head | Sir Lenny Henry

Height:

6' 2½" (1.9 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

When I started, I was surrounded by a predominantly white workforce. Thirty-two years later, not a lot has changed. See more »

Trivia:

Is a stand-up comedian See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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