Dudley Boy, Sir Lenny, Wins BAFTA Special Award

Widely regarded as one of the UK’s most beloved performers, Dudley-born Lenny Henry scooped 'The Special Award' at last night's BAFTA awards.

The award was given to Henry, 57, for outstanding contribution to television. The British stand-up comedian, actor and writer is best known for his work on Comic Relief which has raised over £1bn for causes around the world. He's also well respected as a comedian, actor and presenter of TV programmes including The Magicians, The Lenny Henry Show and Three of a Kind.

Born at Burton Road Hospital and brought up in Kates Hill, Henry has also written books, performed Shakespeare and starred in films. Sir Lenny was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1999 New Year Honours and was knighted in the Queen's 2015 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity. Speaking about the award, Henry said:

"This is fantastic! I am truly humbled and truly hopeful that this award is a pan-industry acknowledgement that diversity must be at the heart of our industry if we are to reflect British society now and, most importantly, in the future."

Other winners on the night included Suranne Jones, who won the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her portrayal of a wife betrayed by her husband’s infidelity in 'Doctor Foster', while Tom Courtenay’s performance in 'Unforgotten' earned him the award for Best Supporting Actor, his third BAFTA in total and 53 years since his first for Most Promising Newcomer.

For a full list of winners, click here.

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