Sir Lenny Henry Named Birmingham City University Chancellor

Comedian and actor appointed University Chancellor to inspire students into the arts

Sir Lenny Henry. Picture: Independent

Sir Lenny Henry, 57, has received yet another prestigious title to add to his gleaming list of accomplishments. Just last year, the Dudley born comedian and actor, best known for his stand-up shows and co-founding Comic Relief, was knighted during the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours for his outstanding services to charity and the arts.

Henry, who also has a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) can now add University Chancellor to his belt, having been appointed such by Birmingham City University, one of Birmingham’s best known universities.

Professor Cliff Allan, Vice Chancellor of BCU, called Henry “one of the country’s most well-known personalities.”

“He not only encapsulates the university’s commitment to both the arts and widening participation, but he is a strong advocate for Birmingham and the region, including his home town of Dudley.”

Henry‘s contribution to the arts include his 2009 role as Shakespeare’s Othello for which he received critical acclaim.

Regarding his appointment as University Chancellor, Henry said it was ‘superb opportunity’ and that the facilities of BCU ‘rival anything in the television industry.”

He added, “[it] is right in the centre of a city that has changed beyond recognition in recent years and offers the sort of contemporary education I would have killed for when I was a kid.”





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