Lenny Henry Wants Diversity Of Olympics In TV
Lenny Henry has welcomed plans to improve ethnic diversity in the British creative industries - but says much more must be done.
The actor and comedian told Sky News 2,000 black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) people have left the industry in the last two years due to a lack of job opportunities.
Henry has campaigned for years for this problem to be addressed.
While there is a "paucity" of black talent in British "high-end drama and comedy" such as Miranda and Broadchurch, he said the US had invested in and nurtured talent that is evident in shows such as Scandal, Grey's Anatomy and Elementary.
Henry used the London 2012 Olympics as a great example of BAMEs being represented and said he would like to see the same in the media.
"We could have that feel-good feeling everyday if we thought more diversely," he said.
The BBC has pledged to improve the representation of BAME people on and off air and has also created a £2.1m fund to help nurture talent.
"It's a really good step, it's very positive but there's more work to do," Henry said.
He has been appointed to a new advisory board at the broadcaster.
Henry is due to star in Rudy's Rare Records, a stage adaptation of a radio sitcom, which is touring the country from September.