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Lenny Henry says girls wouldn't dance with him because he was black

por Sherrill Bauer (2020-07-10)


Sir Lenny Henry has revealed girls would not dance with him as a young man because he was black.

Opening up about the racism he faced growing up in the West Midlands, the comedian and actor, 61, recalled women openly telling him they would reject him because of his skin colour.

The TV veteran, who has been dating theatre producer Lisa Makin since 2012, said: 'I would ask anyone to dance, I didn't want to be left out and my friends would be dancing. Some girls wouldn't dance with me because I was a black guy.'






'I didn't want to be left out': 무료만화 Sir Lenny Henry has revealed girls would not dance with him as a young man because he was black


Speaking on Louis Theroux's Grounded podcast, the media personality reflected on his experience with dating as a young man from an ethnic minority.






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Lenry, the son of Jamaican immigrants, shared: 'If you wanted to meet members of the opposite sex you've got to go to a place where they might be and where they might be was St Thomas' disco next to the church.

'You would spend nearly all evening ignoring them and then in the last five minutes, there would be this rush to the dance floor to try and slow dance with a girl.'






Candid: The comedian and actor, 61, recalled women openly telling him they would reject him because of his skin colour (pictured in 1978)


The Magicians star said the boys would 'try to cram the whole dancing with the girl thing' into the last minutes of the night, hoping they would 'get a snog'.

Sir Lenny added: 'I would ask anyone to dance, I didn't want to be left out and my friends would be dancing. Some girls wouldn't dance with me because I was a black guy.' 

When asked by Theroux how he knew, the TV star confessed: 'They would say.'

The comic also discussed initially keeping his interest in impressions a secret from his family while at home. 













He said his hobby was 'something I did with my white friends' and that his parents had 'no idea' - adding that 'my mum was the main funny person [in] our house'.

 Lenny, who is one of the founders of charity Comic Relief, claimed making 'wise jokes' as a child prompted 'a slap round the head'. 

The Doctor Who actor explained: 'There was no wise-cracking from a child in our house because that was seen as being cheeky and overstepping the mark.

'So, if you cracked wise jokes in earshot of your parents, you would get a slap round the head or something... in our house, my mum was the funny one, end of story... it was like a little secret I held in my heart for quite a long time.'






'It was seen as overstepping the mark': Lenny, one of the founders of charity Comic Relief, claimed making 'wise jokes' as a child prompted 'a slap round the head' (pictured in 1975)


The Broadchurch star was married to fellow comedian Dawn French for 25 years but they divorced in 2010. They have a daughter Billie, 29. 

After his split from Dawn, 62, with whom he shares Billie, 29, Lenny began a relationship with his current girlfriend, Lisa. 

The BBC star recently opened up about the bullying he received at school in his book Who Am I, Again? which he released last year. 

In December, he told ITV's This Morning there was a period at school where he was 'bullied every day' by a boy who 'hit me all the time'.






Love life: Lenny has been dating theatre producer Lisa Makin since 2012 (pictured in 2019)
















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