Lenny Henry has been a comedian since the age of 16. He has risen from being a cult star on children’s television to becoming one of Britain’s best-known comedians, as well as an actor and writer.
Lenny has won many awards including the Monaco Red Cross and The Golden Nymph Award at The Monte Carlo Television Festival, the Radio & Television Industry Club Award for BBC Personality of the Year, The Golden Rose at the Montreux Television Festival and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Comedy Awards. Lenny first found fame as a comedy impressionist on 70’s TV talent show, New Faces and is best known for his appearances on TISWAS, Three of a Kind, The Lenny Henry Show, Hope & Glory, Lenny Henry in Pieces and Chef!
On radio, Lenny worked for three years as a DJ on BBC Radio 1. He has also worked extensively for Radio 4, starring in the comedy Rudy’s Rare Records and presenting the series Lenny and Will. He made his West End acting debut in the role of Othello in the Northern Broadsides production at the Trafalgar Studios. His portrayal won him critical acclaim and the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for ‘Best Newcomer’.
In 2011, he presented a new BBC1 Saturday night show called Magicians, embarked on a UK tour called Cradle To Rave, which then toured Australia and New Zealand, wrote the Radio 4 play Corinne Come Back and Gone and returned to Shakespeare by playing Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors at The Olivier Theatre at The National.
Returning to the stage in 2013, Lenny stared in the August Wilson play, Fences, on tour and then at the Duchess Theatre in London and in 2014 he appeared in the stage version of Rudy’s Rare Records, at the Birmingham Rep and Hackney Empire.
A guaranteed success for any corporate event, Lenny Henry is the perfect choice for host, speaker or as an entertaining cabaret act. Previous corporate clients include TV Choice Awards, Motown Music Launch, The Olivier Awards, Sony Entertainment Television Asia, Learning Skills Council and Union Learn, among others.
"[Lenny was] absolutely hilarious. Our audience loved every minute and he had really personalised his material to our brand."
Capper & Co. Ltd. Gala Dinner, Dubrovnik, June 2011
"I am absolutely delighted we chose you, [Lenny]. The feedback has been fantastic. You really hit the spot with the audience and created a memorable night for us all. Our challenge for the future will be how we follow you at our next event. Thank you, and I do hope we get to work together again in the future."
Halfords Group Plc Annual Conference
"Just a note to let you know how absolutely thrilled we all were with your wonderful performance at our conference this week. It really got us off to a fantastic start, setting the tone for the whole event and putting us all on a 'high' that we really haven't come down from yet! And how you managed to get so many laughs out of the briefing we sent you, we'll never know! Everyone has told me how brilliant they thought you were... Thanks for making our conference a great one, Lenny."
London University Purchasing Consortium, Bi-annual Conference On University Purchasing 2009