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Lenny Henry

Lenny Henry is a well-known British Actor, Comedian, Singer, Television Presenter, and Writer. Lenny Henry is widely known for his comedy in The Lenny Henry Show and appeared in the role of Sadoc Burrows in the series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power in 2022.

Early Life and Childhood

Lenny Henry was born on August 29, 1958, in the city of Dudley, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom. His age is 65 years as of 2024 and his full name is Lenworth George Henry.

Similarly, he is British by nationality and practices Christianity by religion. However, he belongs to the Jamaican ethnicity and his zodiac sign is Virgo by date of birth.

Talking about his family members, his father’s name is Winston Jervis Henry and his mother’s name is Winifred Louise Henry. However, when he was ten years old, he spent time with his biological father, Albert Augustus Green, a Jamaican immigrant with whom his mother had a short-span relationship when she first arrived in England. He has six siblings but their names are not available.

Lenny Henry – Education

Regarding his educational background, he has done his schooling at St John’s Primary School and The Blue Coat School in Dudley. Then, he completed his high school at W.R. Tuson College in Preston. Later, he graduated with a BA from The Open University. Then, he did his MA and PhD from the University of London.

Career and Professional Life

Moving on to his career, his career took off in the late 1970s with his appearances on the children’s television show Tiswas, where he gained popularity for his humour and impressions. He then went on to star in his series, The Lenny Henry Show, which further established him as a comedic talent.

Similarly, throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he was a frequent presence on British television, showcasing his comedic range through a variety of sketches, characters, and impersonations. His ability to portray diverse personalities and his unique comedic style made him a beloved figure in the entertainment scene.

Likewise, beyond comedy, he ventured into acting, securing roles in both television and film. His noticeable television appearances include his lead role in the sitcom Chef! where he played the talented but temperamental chef, Gareth Blackstock. He has also appeared in dramas such as Hope and Glory, Broadchurch, The Syndicate, and many more.

Furthermore, he has showcased his acting skills on stage as well as in theater productions. He has taken on roles in Shakespearean plays, such as Othello proving his range and ability to tackle more complex and challenging roles. His talents extend to writing and presenting and has contributed to the creation of various television shows, scripts, and comedy material.

Additionally, Sky Arts requested him to create a show for them, Lenny Henry’s Got The Blues in 2015. He collaborated with a group of musicians, including King Crimson’s lead singer Jakko Jakszyk, to create the album New Millennium Blues. He later released The Cops Don’t Know directed by Iranian director Sam Chegini and premiered by Classic Rock magazine on April 20, 2016.

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Caption: Lenny Henry performing on the stage. Source: Daily Mail

Brand Endorsements

Lenny Henry has not endorsed any brand till now or seen promoting anything or collaborating with any brands. Similarly, there is no clue found on the internet regarding the products he has supported. Moreover, in the coming days, we may get to see him collaborating with brands to support their products.

Awards and Nomination

Henry received British Comedy Performance Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. Similarly, he received the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor in 2014, the Alan Clarke Award in 2016, and the Audie Award for Science Fiction in 2019. Likewise, he won the 27th National Television Awards in 2022 in the category Special Recognition Award.

Net Worth 2024

Henry has an estimated net worth of approximately $9 million but his exact salary is not available. Similarly, most of his source of income is generated from his acting, comedy, television presentation, singing, and writing career. Additionally, he has worked very hard to get this fame and is on the road to building his net worth in the future.

Relationship Status

Henry has been in a long-term relationship with his beautiful girlfriend Lisa Makin since 2013. Lisa is a theatre director by profession. However, he has not revealed anything about how they both met and started dating each other. Moreover, they aren’t married yet and have no children.

However, in the past, he was married to actress Dawn French on October 20, 1984. Later, they got divorced after 25 years of marriage on April 6, 2010. They together have adopted a daughter named Billie.

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Caption: Lenny Henry with his girlfriend. Source: The Mirror


Henry is always seen as being concerned with his professional life and stays alert to any rumors or controversies that would hinder his reputation. Furthermore, he maintains a distance from the media and avoids getting involved in controversial activities that can hinder his career.

Body Measurements

Talking about Henry’s height he is 6 Feet 3 inches tall and weighs 86kg. Similarly, he has a good physique but his accurate body measurements are unknown. Moreover, he has a stunning pair of dark brown eyes and black hair. Also, his dress size is 9 and his shoe size is 13(US).

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Caption: Lenny Henry posing for the photo. Source: The Times

Lenny Henry – Social Media

Henry is active on Twitter. Similarly, he has 107.2k followers on Twitter and owns a Twitter account @LennyHenry. Moreover, he is not available on any other social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook.