Category: Health & Fitness,Lifestyle
Sir Lenny Henry is starring in a new TV drama on the BBC, playing the role of a Jamaican Plantation slave in The Long Song.
In the new promotional images for the show he can be seen with a much slimmer face and slender limbs.
The images have certainly got everyone talking, with many fans shocked to see the 60-year-old’s new look.
He even grew a pair of sideburns for the character – completely revamping his former self.
And the comedian has since revealed exactly what he did to slim down.
Speaking to the The Mirror earlier this year, Lenny said he upped the amount of vegetables he was eating to help shed the pounds.
“Well, it’s eating broccoli and not much else,” the star explained.
He also revealed he’s amped up the amount of exercise, saying: “I’ve also been running a lot. It has worked.”
When he first stepped out with his slimmer physique earlier this year, the actor shocked fans.
There was then a lot of speculation about why he’d dropped the weight, so he later cleared up the rumours with the Daily Mail.
“I have heard that I’ve lost all this weight for a variety of reasons,” he said, adding: “None of them true.”
After discovering he was diabetic in 2014, Lenny began to make lifestyle changes to improve his health.
These included cutting out sugar and taking up yoga.
He told 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.”
Lenny also said he cut down on alcohol and got more active.
“It’s lots of greens, lots of juice and lots of walking. Swimming is good,” he added.
“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.”
Lenny was once married to fellow comedian Dawn French, and initially lost weight after splitting with his wife in 2011.
Since 2011 the comedian and actor has kept the weight off, contributing his further weight loss to a play he was in, The Comedy of Errors at London’s National Theatre.