The BBC says: "He stars in Doctor Who, comedy dramas Dodger and Am I Being Unreasonable?, won this year's BAFTA for Leading Male Performance and is an RTS Breakthrough Award winner - and he's aged just 14. Today, BBC Studios can announce that Lenny Rush is now set to join the presenting team of BBC Children In Need 2023."
Rush says: "It's an honour and a thrill to be the first child presenter for Children In Need - I can't wait to feel the buzz of a live show and to help raise money for children and young people across the UK facing disadvantages. I'm so excited and look forward to all of you joining me on Friday the 17th of November!"
The three-hour telethon will run on BBC One from 7pm on 17th November.
The BBC says: "The presenters will guide viewers through a night of dazzling entertainment with a jam-packed show full of sketches, music, performances and surprises from some of the nation's most loved stars. Further details on the sketches will be revealed in due course."
Executive producer Peter Davey comments: "We are all thrilled to have Lenny join us live on the night. The Children In Need audience fell in love with him when he took over the Celebrity Call Centre brilliantly in last year's sketch - so getting him back to host for his first time this year is the next logical step."