The comedian, actor and charity founder has been appointed to a five-year position as the chancellor of Birmingham City University.
British comedy legend Sir Lenny Henry has been appointed as the chancellor of Birmingham City University, a position that will afford him the chance to offer “life-changing opportunities to young people.”
The 57 year old actor and stand-up comic, who was knighted in the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours, said that his new role would be a “superb opportunity” for him to indulge three passions in his life: “Birmingham and the West Midlands, the creative arts, and giving life-changing opportunities to young people from a wide range of backgrounds.”
Sir Lenny Henry is the new chancellor of Birmingham City University
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He's to be honoured for his "services to charity", Henry himself told Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday morning.
British comedy legend Lenny Henry has reacted to the news that he’s to be offered a knighthood as “like being filled with lemonade”.
The news is widely expected to be confirmed on Friday, and he spoke to Chris Evans’ BBC Radio 2 show on Tuesday morning (June 9th) about how he felt when he heard the news. “It was lovely, it was a lovely feeling, it was like being filled with lemonade for 10 or 15 minutes,” he said.
Lenny Henry is to be offered a knighthood, according to many reports
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Henry's speech contained some surprising statistics
Lenny Henry used his Bafta lecture to highlight the levels of inequality that are currently commonplace in the entertainment industry in the U.K, suggesting that funds should be set aside to boost the presence of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in the broadcasting industry.
Contrary to this photo, Lenny Henry isn't happy
The actor and comedian explained that BAME presence in the creative industries is 5.4%, which he describes as "an appalling percentage because the majority of our industry is based around London where the black and Asian population is 40%” adding that the situation behind the camera is also far from desirable.
Husband number two is Mark Bignell
Dawn French – best known for her role in The Vicar of Dibley – has married for the second time. She tied the knot with charity worker Mr Bignell at the Scarlet hotel near Newquay at the weekend.
The wedding is reported to have taken place in Fowey Hall, which is described on its website as "one of the most impressive family hotels in Cornwall" and "sophisticated yet uncomplicated, luxurious yet laid back, grand yet comfy". This is, of course, French’s second husband after her high profile relationship with fellow comedian Lenny Henry. Unlike many breakups, theirs was amicable, and Henry didn’t get a feel for Premier Inns while married to French. "Those last few months were pretty much like the first few months; we were good friends," she said, speaking on Radio 4's Desert Islands Discs last year. "It was a tribute to the way we'd been married, the way we accomplished it.
Don't worry, this isn't Dawn French's wedding
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Every other year, Red Nose day does its best to raise as much as possible for charity via a night of celebrity fun, performances and audience participation. Lenny Henry has been a name synonymous with the event, and he's been remembering the history of the tradition.
"Comic Relief these days is much more in line with shiny-floor shows like The X Factor - fast, zappy, presenter-led - but we were just asking everybody to be kind and help," he wrote in an article for The Telegraph. "We had live entertainment from comedians such as the Goodies and pre-recorded films from Africa, but lots of comedians discovered it was very difficult to do live comedy with an audience that has just watched somebody die."
The 54 year old has always been involved with the charity, and while ne never officially presents the show, his face is never far from the promotional campaigns. "The red noses were a great irony, because they don't make them to fit black people," writes Henry, candidly. "I have a wide nose like a Volkswagen and I've never had a red nose that fitted me - I had to get mine cut in the middle and use tape to secure it. They were always flying off."
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The film is almost too crowded with witty visual and verbal gags to catch on a single viewing. Although it's also too corny to be a real classic.
The Pirate Captain (voiced by Grant) never gets any respect, especially with the Pirate of the Year competition gearing up. But his first mate (Freeman) and rag-tag crew (Tovey, Gleeson and Jenson) are fearlessly loyal. While accumulating plunder to win the award, they accidentally hijack a scientific ship and then travel with Charles Darwin (Tennant) to win a science prize in London. But this means that the crew needs to get dangerously close to venomous pirate-hater Queen Victoria (Staunton).
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