Why did Lenny Henry and ex-wife Dawn French split and is he married?

Lenny Henry is presenting a BBC special tonight about his comedic hero Tommy Cooper – is he married and why did he break up with Dawn French?

The BBC’s Tommy Cooper special will celebrate the comedic legend’s most famous acts.

Lenny is closely connected to the late star when he won the talent show New Faces at the age of only 16, in which he posed as Tommy.

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But what about Lenny? When did he become a household name? And when was he married to Dawn French?

Find out more about the famous comedian below …

How old is Lenny Henry?

Sir Lenny Henry was born in Dudley on August 29, 1958.

As of March 2021, he will be 62 years old.


Sir Lenny Henry is a national treasure (Image credit: SplashNews)

What is he famous for?

Lenny is a famous comedian, actor, writer, singer, and television presenter.

He started getting up in the 1970s and even appeared on the controversial The Black and White Minstrel Show.

He also established himself as a successful child presenter and performed in Tiswas.

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But it was in the 1980s when his comedic career really began.

During this time he teamed up with the alternative comedy group The Comic Strip.

Here he perfected his impressions and his stand-up routine.

This resulted in his own comedy show, The Lenny Henry Show, in 1984.

A huge hit, it ran until 1988 and has been revived twice.

He continued his stand-up comedy in the 1990s and also established himself as a serious actor.

Since then he has appeared in seemingly endless television shows, films, stage productions and has written numerous books.

Did he start Comic Relief?

Lenny Henry co-founded Comic Relief and Richard Curtis in 1985.

It was originally set up in response to a famine in Ethiopia.

The first red nose day was celebrated in 1988 and £ 15 million raised for charity.

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Lenny co-founded Comic Relief (Image Credit: Comic Relief / BBC)

When was Lenny Henry with Dawn French?

Lenny met Dawn when he was on the comic strip.

They married in 1984 and adopted their daughter Billie in 1991.

In 2010 they announced they would split and their divorce was finalized that same year.

Was Lenny having an affair?

Lenny reportedly spent the night with Merri Cheyne in a hotel in 1999. She was photographed at several hotels when he was touring the press this year.

However, Merri did refused It was a sexual relationship.


Dawn and Lenny divorced in 2010 (Image credit: SplashNews)

How many children does Lenny Henry have?

Lenny has a daughter, Billie.

In 2012, he said his divorce from Dawn brought him closer to his child.

Speak with The mirrorHe said, “We lived together for a year and did a lot together and saw a lot of films together.

“It’s very bright and sparkling, so I miss her now that she’s not here. I go to see her a few times a month to see how she is doing. “

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Lenny with his partner Lisa (Image credit: SplashNews)

Who is Lenny Henry married to now?

Lenny didn’t remarry.

However, he has a long-term relationship with theater casting director Lisa Makin.

They met in 2013 and have reportedly been together since then.

What’s next for the star?

In addition to his new Tommy Cooper special, Sir Lenny Henry is filming the upcoming Amazon Prime series Lord of The Rings.

* Tommy Cooper on the BBC will air on BBC One Friday March 5th at 7:35 p.m.

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