Lenny Rush

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Lenny Rush , photographed in Essex ahead of his role as presenter of Children in Need. Lenny Rush is a British BAFTA-winning 14 year old teenage actor. He is best known for his work on the Daisy May Cooper comedy drama series Am I Being Unreasonable? and on the BBC One series Dodger. He received a breakthrough award at the 2023 National Comedy Awards. He won two awards at the 2023 Royal Television Society Programme Awards, winning the Breakthrough Award, and best Comedy Performance (male). Rush first appeared on camera on the CBeebies docu-soap Our Family. He began acting locally at the Pauline Quirke Academy in Essex. He played roles on CBeebies series Apple Tree House and The Dumping Ground and had played Tiny Tim in versions of A Christmas Carol both on stage at The Old Vic in London in 2017 and 2018, and on-screen in a Steven Knight televised retelling of the Charles Dickens classic in 2019.

Rush was given a series regular role in the comedy drama Dodger alongside Christopher Eccleston. Initially a small role called "The Sweeper", the part was expanded for Rush and given the character name Morgan. Rush also had the role of Ollie, the son of Daisy May Cooper’s character, in BBC One comedy Am I Being Unreasonable? in which he was able to improvise as well as perform lines. He received praise for his performance in the show with Lucy Mangan writing in The Guardian “What a gift they have in Rush, who has the comic chops and emotional range of an actor twice his age, and the kind of chemistry with Cooper that is an absolute joy to watch."

He also made a notable appearance on BBC One charity money-raising show Children In Need in 2022. Rush won the Breakthrough Award, and Comedy Performance (Male) Award, for Am I Being Unreasonable? at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards in March 2023.

In June 2023, it was announced that Rush would portray Morris in the fourteenth series of Doctor Who.

In October 2023, it was announced that Rush would become the first-ever child presenter at the age of 14 to co-host the 2023 Children in Need appeal. Rush has a condition called Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita, a condition that affects his growth, resulting in dwarfism
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