British comedian, actor, charity fundraiser, and campaigner for greater diversity in TV Lenny Henry has been awarded a knighthood. He co-founded Comic Relief, which through Red Nose Day has raised over £1BILLION for aid projects in Africa and the UK. His award is for services to charity.
Lenny told BBC Radio 2: "It's not something you think about really when you grow up in Dudley. But it's a fantastic thing... I'm very pleased. And my mum would have loved it.
"It is a wonderful thing and my family are really, really chuffed. My friends have not stopped ringing up and saying congratulations. It is an extraordinary thing and I'm very chuffed.
“It was lovely, it was a lovely feeling, it was like being filled with lemonade for 10 or 15 minutes”.
He added: "I think it's for all of us and that's what I'm pleased about. The thing said 'services to charity'. Well that's not just me.
"That's everybody who works at Comic Relief and has helped us raise over £1bn. It's a huge huge thank you. It's for us, not just for me."
He said: “I’m being reeled and pummelled from all sides by my family, saying: ‘Do we get some land? Do we get a castle now? Do we get 100 men in plate armour following us around Dudley? What’s going on?’
His official name is now Sir Lenworth George Henry, CBE.
The Queen's Birthday Honours List is officially announced on Friday but Lenny's knighthood leaked early. Expect some other British celebs to get CBEs, OBEs and MBEs.
he so deserves this, great guy. anyone else watching him in 'The Syndicate'?