2019 Shortlist

Sir Lenny Henry, CBE

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One of the UK’s most popular entertainers of all time, Lenny Henry is renowned as a comedian, actor, writer and producer across TV, film, theatre and radio with a career spanning more than four decades. His theatre work includes Shakespeare’s Othello and Antipholus of Syracuse in Comedy of Errors at the National Theatre. More recently, Lenny starred in the third series of Broadchurch. Lenny released his New Millennium Blues album in 2016, with topical track ‘The cops don’t know’ reflecting on well-documented incidences of police brutality against black Americans, and the Black Lives Matter movement that was born in the wake of such injustices. Lenny was honoured with a knighthood in 2015 for his work with Comic Relief. Throughout his career Lenny has championed BAME actors, slamming the lack of diversity in TV and continues to campaign for a sea-change in the industry’s approach to diversity.

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