Lenny Henry won New Faces in 1975.
He went on to become one of Britain's most popular comedians.
As well as developing a powerful stand-up act, Lenny Henry appeared increasingly on TV.
He appeared on the leading edge children's programme, Tiswas and its counterpart late night series OTT.
Lenny Henry then appeared alongside Tracey Ullman and David Copperfield in the sketch show Three of a Kind.
He starred in his own show, The Lenny Henry Show, whose characters famously included Theophilus P. Wilderbeste.
Lenny Henry also turned his hand to acting in sitcoms when he played the leading character of Gordon Blackstock in Chef.
In 1999, Lenny Henry acted in the straight role of Ian George in the BBC school drama, Hope and Glory.
A regular on Comic Relief, Lenny Henry is married to Dawn French.
In 2007 Lenny Henry presented Lenny's Britain, in which he travels the UK exploring what makes Britons laugh.
In 2009 Lenny Henry was cast as Othello in what was to be his stage acting debut.
In 2010 he was divorced from Dawn French, whom he had married in 1984.
In 2011, Lenny Henry hosted The Magicians on BBC1.