Sir Lenny now a doctor af­ter four years of work for PhD

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ARTHUR

CO­ME­DIAN Sir Lenny Henry has re­ceived a PhD in Me­dia Arts from Royal Hol­loway, Univer­sity of Lon­don, af­ter com­plet­ing a course that re­quired him to write an orig­i­nal screen­play.

Henry (59) joined hun­dreds of other stu­dents to col­lect his de­gree at a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in Sur­rey.

Henry’s the­sis was ti­tled: Does The Coach Have To Be Black? The Sports Film, Screen­writ­ing And Di­ver­sity: A Prac­tice-Based En­quiry.

In ad­di­tion to his screen­play, Henry needed to do a crit­i­cal anal­y­sis of how black and eth­nic mi­nor­ity char­ac­ters are treated in the sports film genre.

“It has been a very in­ten­sive four years of work, but the struc­ture of the course worked well for me as I could com­bine it with my other work,” he said.

Sir Lenny will be hon­oured with a cel­e­bra­tory broad­cast on BBC One to co­in­cide with his 60th birth­day later this year.

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