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Sir Lenny now a doctor as comic legend picks up PhD

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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