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Lenny Henry impresses fans with his weight loss on This Morning

Lenny Henry impresses fans with his weight loss on This Morning

Lenny Henry has impressed fans with his trim figure during an appearance on Monday’s edition of This Morning.

The comedian, 62, showed off his weight loss while discussing how he used comedy as ‘a sword and shield’ when he was being racially abused during his youth. 

Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield about it, he said: ‘Comedy was a sword and a shield actually to protect me, once I got the idea that comedy could protect you from being bullied if you were clever then I started to use it. 

Before: Lenny pictured in 2012

Weight loss: Lenny Henry (pictured right in 2012) impressed fans with his trim figure as he discussed how he used comedy as ‘a sword and shield’ on Monday’s This Morning

‘There was this kid who used to racially abuse me almost everyday when we were in about the third or fourth year.

‘It started at the school gates and it would end when the bell rang, and we would end up on the floor, rolling around, fighting, and it happened a lot. In the mud, punching, kicking me. 

‘Until eventually a bell went off in my head, a light bulb went off in my head and eventually I said something like “you must really like me because you’re always rolling around on the floor with me, why don’t we just go have a dinner and a movie?”

‘All the people who used to watch us and go “fight! fight!” suddenly started to laugh, and I said “I know I’ll call tomorrow and why don’t we have a curry and chat about this?” and he started to get really angry that his pals who were usually on his side were laughing at him.’

Looking back: Reflecting on his childhood, Lenny said: 'Once I got the idea that comedy could protect you from being bullied if you were clever then I started to use it'

Looking back: Reflecting on his childhood, Lenny said: ‘Once I got the idea that comedy could protect you from being bullied if you were clever then I started to use it’

Struggle: He said, 'There was this kid who used to racially abuse me almost everyday... It started at the school gates and it would end when the bell rang'

Struggle: He said, ‘There was this kid who used to racially abuse me almost everyday… It started at the school gates and it would end when the bell rang’

Helpful: Lenny said he started cracking jokes to make the other kids laugh and said his bully 'started to get really angry that his pals who were usually on his side were laughing at him'

Helpful: Lenny said he started cracking jokes to make the other kids laugh and said his bully ‘started to get really angry that his pals who were usually on his side were laughing at him’

Viewers appeared to be more focused on his weight as a number of them commented on Lenny’s slimmer figure via Twitter.

One person wrote: ‘Blimey Lenny Henry looks good, well done to him for losing so much weight.’

While another person added: ‘Lenny Henry looks like he’s lost a lot of weight.’

Another viewer shared their concern for Lenny, as they said: ‘#ThisMorning lenny Henry …maybe too much weight loss….. looking quite frial (sic).’

Impressed: Viewers appeared to be more focused on his weight as a number of them commented on Lenny's slimmer figure via Twitter

Impressed: Viewers appeared to be more focused on his weight as a number of them commented on Lenny’s slimmer figure via Twitter

In 2018, Lenny credited his impressive three stone weight loss to a strict vegetable-based diet and strenuous fitness regime. 

Lenny first turned heads with his slimmer frame at the Unsung Heroines: The Lost World of Female Composers premiere, held at Soho House, in June 2018.

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The Magicians host – who has always been a towering man at 6 ft 2 in – looked much lither than usual as he posed with the likes of director Guy Evans, broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, musician Julian Lloyd Webber and soprano Danielle de Niese.

Changes: In 2018, Lenny credited his impressive three stone weight loss to a strict vegetable-based diet and strenuous fitness regime (pictured in 2010)

Changes: In 2018, Lenny credited his impressive three stone weight loss to a strict vegetable-based diet and strenuous fitness regime (pictured in 2010)

At the time, the Comic Relief founder revealed he has lost more than three stone, thanks to a vegetable-based diet and long runs.

He told The Mail On Sunday: ‘What’s my secret? Well, it’s eating broccoli and not much else. I’ve also been running a lot. It has worked!’ 

The comedian had been looking to lose weight since 2014, when he admitted he was ‘a little bit diabetic’ and vowed to cut out alcohol and biscuits.  

Healthier: The comedian had been looking to lose weight since 2014, when he admitted he was 'a little bit diabetic' and vowed to cut out alcohol and biscuits (pictured in 2007)

Healthier: The comedian had been looking to lose weight since 2014, when he admitted he was ‘a little bit diabetic’ and vowed to cut out alcohol and biscuits (pictured in 2007)

He revealed to The Mirror at the time: ‘I’m a bit diabetic, so I was put on a very strict diet. I’ve lost between two and a half and three stone. I was big.’

He added: ‘It’s lots of greens, lots of juice and lots of walking. Swimming is good. 

‘You’ve got to eat no sugar and drink hardly any alcohol… all the stuff you like. You can’t Hobnob your way through the day.’

Getting fitter: In 2018, Lenny told The Mail On Sunday: 'What's my secret? Well, it's eating broccoli and not much else. I've also been running a lot. It has worked!' (pictured in 2014)

Getting fitter: In 2018, Lenny told The Mail On Sunday: ‘What’s my secret? Well, it’s eating broccoli and not much else. I’ve also been running a lot. It has worked!’ (pictured in 2014)


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