Sir Lenny Henry will be honored with the NTA's Special Recognition Award to honor his fifty-year career on screen

Celebrity fans will be seen paying tribute to the comedian's fundraising Comic Relief frontman when the awards air live on ITV on Thursday.

Sir Lenny has been a mainstay on TV for almost 50 years,

Which started with his victory at New Faces in 1975 at the age of 16.

He experienced great success with his sketch comedy series

Recent projects have seen him diversify into acting

Exclusively in the big budget Amazon Prime series, Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Hollywood superstar Whoopi Goldberg will be among those to congratulate Sir Lenny on his achievements.