Lenny Henry joins his Dawn French lookalike partner Lisa Makin at the theatre... as he reveals struggle to protect his daughter during divorce with comedienne ex

He raised eyebrows when he revealed his new girlfriend, who bears a striking resemblance to ex-wife Dawn French. 

But Lenny Henry didn't seem to have a care in the world as he snuggled up to his new love, Lisa Makin, at the Dreamgirls musical press night in London on Wednesday. 

Unable to keep away from his pretty girlfriend, the 58-year-old comedian wrapped a loving arm around her as they posed for snaps. 

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Cute couple: Lenny Henry didn't seem to have a care in the world as he snuggled up to his new love, Lisa Makin, at the Dreamgirls musical press night in London on Wednesday

Lenny has been dating Lisa since 2011, but recently spoke out about his divorce from Dawn - who he split from six years. 

Speaking to the Daily Mirror about the experience, he revealed the toughest aspect of their split was trying to protect their adopted daughter Billie - who was 18 at the time.

He explained: 'It's a strange job showbiz because you're in the public eye. You are in a goldfish bowl. 

'We had a child and just wanted to get through it and be normal and love her and be respectful.'

Familiar face: Lenny raised eyebrows when he first revealed his new girlfriend, who bears a striking resemblance to ex-wife Dawn French (pictured) 

Perfectly paired: Unable to keep away from his pretty girlfriend, the 58-year-old comedian wrapped a loving arm around her as they posed for snaps

Newfound love: Lenny has been dating Lisa since 2011, but recently spoke out about his divorce from Dawn - who he split from six years

Dawn and Lenny met in 1981 at the Comedy Store club in London where Dawn was performing with Jennifer Saunders. 

They wed three years later and adopted Billie in 1991, which Lenny previously claimed 'saved' their marriage. 

He told the Telegraph: 'Before Billie came along our careers came first and, both being very ambitious, we worked hard. We pushed ourselves to the brink. 

'I'd come home at midnight and Dawn would arrive at 3am, which made things very difficult.' 

Dawn is now married to charity boss Mark Bignell, 53, who has two children Lily, 24, and Olly, 21. 

Happier times: Dawn and Lenny met in 1981 and were wed three years later. They then adopted daughter Billie in 1991, which Lenny previously claimed 'saved' their marriage

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