Lenny Henry started as a cult star on children’s television to being one of the best known and loved personalities, who had an influence on the creation of black-centered comedy. He was born in 1958 in Dudley, West Midlands. His parents came in the UK when blacks just began to integrate into British society.
From an early age, Lenny Henry distinguished himself by his comic talents rather than academic abilities. When he took an examination test that should determine whether he would be able to go to grammar school or to secondary school, he failed the exam and ended in Bluecoat Secondary Modern School.
He left a school when he was 15, with small qualification, so he began an engineering apprenticeship, but he was more interested in his comic acts. The first time he appeared onstage was at Queen Marry Ballroom in Dudley where he impersonated Elvis Presley and it was the huge success that inspired him to enter the television talent show “New Faces” and to win afterward at the age of 16.
On the alternative comedy circuit, he met Dawn French and the couple married in 1984 in London. They have adopted a daughter Billie. After 25 years of marriage in 2010 Dawn French and Lenny Henry got separated. In the meantime, he graduated in English Literature and studied MA at Royal Holloway in screenwriting for film and television. He announced that he is preparing Ph.D. on the role of black people in the media. At 2016 BAFTA Awards he appeared with his new date, Lisa Makin.
Lenny Henry Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $10 Million US Dollars
Lenny Henry has a net worth of $10 million US dollars as of 2017. He was not only limited to the comedy, so he took part in numerous acting roles, and he also launched his very own production company. Comedy made him victorious in his young age, however, he has considered one of the best living stand-up comedians, and this rank helped him make a lot of money. According to Forbes, he had in 2012 net worth of $4 million dollars which changed in 2014 to $5 million. In the next year, it was reported that his net were $7.5 million, and as we analyze his earning we can proudly say that he is one of the most paid stand-up comedians in the world.
• 2012 – $4.5 million
• 2013 – $5 million
• 2014 – $7.5 million
• 2015 – $8.7 million
• 2016 – $9 million
• 2017 – $10 million
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As an actor, he starred in the series the Fosters from 1976 to 1977 and in his own show “The Lenny Henry Show” from 1987 to 1988. He has starred as Gareth on TV show Chef! From 1993 to 1996, and at a brick of new millennium he starred as Ian Gorge on “Hope and Glory.
In 1991 he filmed True Identity, directed by Charles Lane, and at the same time he appeared in TV drama Alive and Kicking as a drug counselor. In 1991 and 1992 he appeared in two BBC1 Christmas Specials that made him more popular to a wider audience. In 1995 he went on tour in Australia and performed to sell-out audiences from Adelaide to Sidney. He was also famous for his BAFTA awards hosting specials and numerous BBC1 films.
In 2011 he voiced the role of Elephant in TV series Tinga Tinga Tales, and also he voices the series Big and Small. He appeared in The Syndicate series in 2015 as Godfrey Watson and presented the television series The Magicians.
Lenny Henry appeared in the title role of Othello, directed by Barrie Rutter, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Even though everyone was skeptical about a great comedian that played in such serious role, Henry received critical acclaims as one of the most astonishing debuts in Shakespeare Theater by many acclaimed critics.
Lenny Henry as one of the greatest comedians of all time has also tried to make something out of him, so he returned to university where he plans to get a Ph.D. He was also appointed a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) and he was knighted in 2015. We can expect from him new ideas, new roles, and new tours. If we analyze the past few years his net income doubled since then. What can happen in future that is not certain; however, we can follow him and try to stop laughing.