Leslie Henson

Comedian, Film actor

1891 – 1957

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Who was Leslie Henson?

Leslie Lincoln Henson was an English comedian, actor, producer for films and theatre, and film director. He initially worked in silent films and Edwardian musical comedy and became a popular music hall comedian who enjoyed a long stage career. He was famous for his bulging eyes, malleable face and raspy voice and helped to form the Entertainments National Service Association during the Second World War.

Born in Notting Hill, London, Henson became interested in the theatre from an early age, writing and producing theatrical pieces while at school. He studied with "the Cairns–James School of Musical and Dramatic Art as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of 19. His first West End role was in Nicely, Thanks! and he later starred in several hit West End Edwardian musical comedies, including To-Night's the Night and Yes, Uncle!. After briefly serving with the Royal Flying Corps, he was released from active service by the British government to help run a concert party called "The Gaieties", which provided entertainment for the troops during World War I. After the war, he returned to the West End, playing in Kissing Time and a series of musical comedies and farces throughout the 1920s and 1930s.

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Aug 3, 1891
Notting Hill
Also known as
  • Leslie Lincoln Henson
  • England
  • Emanuel School
Dec 2, 1957
Harrow Weald

on July 23, 2013


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