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Henry on mission for more BAME talent

COMEDIAN and actor Lenny Henry is on a mission for more diversity in casting black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people on screen and in writing, producing and directing.

He tells today’s Radio Times that it is not just a matter of “another black or Asian person in Coronation Street or EastEnders,” but about hearing different perspectives on life.

An example of his campaign is Danny and the Human Zoo, the first TV drama he has written.

The forthcoming one-off for BBC1 is a story drawn from his childhood and set in a Jamaican household in Dudley, West Midlands, in the 1960s.

The rags-to-riches tale mirrors Mr Henry’s own rise to fame and sees him portraying the father of talented impressionist Danny, played by newcomer Kascion Franklin.

A fixture on British television since he won New Faces back in 1975 with an impersonation of Stevie Wonder, Henry’s career includes much-loved children’s series Tiswas and BBC comedy Chef.

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