Comedian Sir Lenny Henry is set to receive the Alan Clarke award for outstanding creative contribution to television at this year’s BAFTAs on Sunday 8 May.
A founding member of the Comic Relief charity, Sir Lenny has two previous BAFTA nominations for The Lenny Henry Show and in 2014 he gave a BAFTA lecture on diversity.
Sir Lenny said: “This is fantastic! I am truly humbled and truly hopeful that this award is a pan-industry acknowledgement that diversity must be at the heart of our industry if we are to reflect British society now and, most importantly, in the future.”
Chair of BAFTA’s Television Committee Krishnendu Majumdar said there was ‘no-one more deserving’ of the award.
He said: “Lenny’s recent groundbreaking BAFTA lecture has helped to reframe and reignite the discussion about diversity in British television, with the conversations he has sparked already leading to positive changes.
“This, coupled with his incredible contribution to the industry, makes him the perfect choice for the Special Award.”
The award, which will be presented during the ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, London, is named after Television Director Alan Clarke, and was last presented to producer and writer Jeff Pope.