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Lenny Henry 'chuffed' at knighthood

2015-06-09 12:00:19

Lenny HenryHenry is reportedly being knighted for services to charity and comedy

Comedian and actor Lenny Henry is to become Sir Lenny after confirming that he will receive a knighthood in the Queen's birthday honours.

The star said he was "very chuffed" about the honour, which was first reported in the press at the weekend.

Speaking to Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday, he said he had not expected the accolade.

"It's not something you think about really when you grow up in Dudley. But it's a fantastic thing," he said.

The honours will be officially announced on Friday.

Henry said: "I'm being pummelled from all sides by my family, saying, 'Do we get some land? Do we get a castle now? Do we get 100 men in plate armour following us around Dudley?'

"I'm very pleased. And my mum would have loved it.

"It is a wonderful thing and my family are really, really chuffed. My friends have not stopped ringing up and saying congratulations. It is an extraordinary thing and I'm very chuffed."

Henry found fame on TV talent show New Faces in 1975 before starring in children's favourite Tiswas and sketch shows including Three of a Kind and his own long-running Lenny Henry Show.

In the 1990s, he wrote and starred in the sitcom Chef!

He also acted in BBC drama Hope and Glory and earned acclaim for his stage performances in plays including Othello and The Comedy Of Errors.

The 56-year-old can currently be seen playing a gardener with Asperger's Syndrome in the third series of BBC One's lottery drama The Syndicate.

As a charity fundraiser, he co-founded Comic Relief, which has raised more than £1bn over the past three decades.

In recent years, he has also led a campaign for greater diversity on British TV.


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