Article Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

Lenny Henry: My father never hugged me. Never said ‘I love you’

Sep. 1, 2014 Telegraph

Lenny Henry was on the London Underground recently. It was the day after he’d given the Bafta Television Lecture in which he had called for greater diversity in creative industries. “There were a couple of guys being openly racist in a Tube that was packed and also very multiracial. They were saying terrible things and nobody was saying anything. I got up and walked off and sat next to a black woman who looked like my mum – hoping that she’d protect me if it all kicked off.”

Now 56, and on the eve of his 40th anniversary in television, Henry is famous for many things. For being a comedian and actor, his charity work on Comic Relief, and for having been married to Dawn French. He also campaigns for diversity, but when we meet backstage at the Hackney Empire, where he is continuing to transform himself into an actor, he is, initially, reluctant to talk about race. “They don’t ask Brad Pitt, do they? They never ask Mr Bean about race.” He laughs, but seems hurt.

Read More on Telegraph

Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund

Apply Today

All Resources

Tell Me More

1 in 4 Americans have no retirement savings

And those who do aren’t saving enough

Read More

10 Reasons Why Men and Women Avoid Emotional Intimacy

Building connection in your relationship can take time and effort.

Read More

30 Small, Nice Ways to Stay Connected to Your Partner

The more connected you feel to your partner, the better you'll both be.

Read More

How to Not Let Anger Get the Best of You

Know how anger is triggered and tactics to cooling down.

Read More

Black people in rural areas continue to experience health disparities

Comparisons come from rates in diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

Read More

Creative Strategies from Single Parents on Juggling Work and Family

Flexible work schedules and strong support networks go a long way.

Read More

Key Insights From 2021's World Happiness Report

Three must-know insights from this year’s World Happiness Report.

Read More

The Science of Changing Someone's Mind

How to reason with unreasonable people.

Read More