Lenny Henry to receive knighthood

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 June 2015
Lenny Henry

Lenny Henry

Lenny Henry is set to be knighted in the Queen's birthday honors list in recognition of his 30 years of tireless campaigning for Comic Relief, since he co-founded the charity in 1985

Lenny Henry is to be awarded a knighthood.

The 56-year-old comedian is set to be knighted in the Queen's birthday honours list, announced next weekend, in celebration of the 30-year anniversary of Comic Relief, which he co-founded with comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis in 1985.

A palace insider told The Sun newspaper: "This is a well-deserved recognition for an entertainer who has tirelessly used his talents to help others who are not so fortunate."

Earlier this year the charity revealed it had raised a total of £1 billion during its 30 years, with the money funding almost 16,000 projects in the UK and 70 abroad.

Despite the fact his high profile as a TV star helped him launch the hugely successful organisation, Lenny - who was awarded the CBE in 1999 - said he would never let his adopted daughter Billie follow him and her mother, comedian Dawn French, into the showbiz world.

The stand-up star - who is currently starring in BBC drama 'The Syndicate' - told The Times newspaper: "I would never let a child of mine near showbusiness. I watch 'The X Factor' and 'The Voice' and hear kids go on and say, 'I'm 16'. It's so exploitative for little kids. It's well dodgy."

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