Sir Lenny Henry to be honoured at Bafta Television Awards
Published 08/05/2016 | 02:51
Sir Lenny Henry will be presented with a special award at the Bafta Television Awards in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the medium.
The British stand-up comedian, actor and writer, who is best known for his work on Comic Relief and as a presenter of TV programmes including The Magicians, The Lenny Henry Show and Three Of A Kind, will be honoured with the Alan Clarke Award.
Previous recipients of the prize include TV producer and writer Jeff Pope, TV executive Jane Tranter, documentary film-maker Paul Watson and screenwriter Paul Greengrass.
Sir Lenny is one of the founding members of Comic Relief and since he started it alongside Richard Curtis in 1985 it has gone on to raise more than £1 billion through its various campaigns.
The Dudley-born star got his first television break on the 1975 ITV talent show New Faces. In the late 1970s he appeared as a contributor on the children's show Tiswas, where he regularly worked with Chris Tarrant and Bob Carolgees.
In 2014 he gave the annual Bafta television lecture, discussing the deterioration of black and Asian minority ethnic involvement in the creative industries.
It was hailed as a groundbreaking speech that helped reframe and reignite the discussion about diversity in British television.
Sir Lenny has previously received two Bafta nominations for The Lenny Henry Show and received a lifetime achievement award at the British Comedy Awards in 2003.
The Bafta Television Awards will be hosted by Graham Norton and will be broadcast on BBC One at 8pm.