Dawn French and ex-husband Sir Lenny Henry moved police officers in to their home due to the 'continual racism' they were subjected to.
Speaking at a screening of the second series of Sky 1’s Delicious, the Vicar of Dibley actress is quoted by Mail Online as saying: “I remember my own relationship with my own mother and the warring that we had. Dawn put her career on hold in 2012 to care for her mother, but she sadly passed away from terminal lung cancer just three months into the year, leaving the actress heart-broken. Following Felicity’s passing and despite their previous disputes, Dawn admitted her mum was the “most amazing woman”.
The Vicar of Dibley star has revealed the former couple – who adopted mixed-race daughter Billie in 1991 – suffered from horrific racial abuse during their time together, including people putting excrement on their door, and vandalising their car. “I only realised it was an issue when there was hatred from utter t***s.
Lenny Henry was honoured with the Paving The Way gong at last night’s MOBO Awards, and he made sure that he maximised his time on stage by thanking everybody in the world and their dog during his acceptance speech. Kicking off by telling the bemused audience that he “felt like Ed Sheeran”, the humble comic attributed his win to the greats who came before him, explaining: “I could only have got here by sitting on the shoulders of giants, I want to thank some of those giants.” Lenny then spends two minutes reeling off a long list of names, with some of the people who got a shout out including Bob Marley, David Copperfield, Chris Tarrant, Trevor McDonald, Michael Jackson, and Richard Curtis.