Kenny was born in Kolkata. His Irish grandfather was originally from Burma, but moved to India after WWII and married Kenny’s British grandmother. The actor’s father, Robert Kenny, was born in Delhi and was a musician. He later moved to Kolkata and married Kenny’s mother, who was Italian. Kenny’s parents divorced when he was very young and he grew up in Mumbai with his father and grandfather, both musicians, prompting his interest in music from a young age. He was a student at Elphinstone College in Mumbai, but left the school early to pursue a career in music.
Kenny began his career as a dancer, influenced by Michael Jackson. He was spotted and later recruited by Arshad Warsi‘s dance crew. In 1991, he joined the rock band Greek as a vocalist. Between 1993 and 1995, he had a small stint as a DJ. In 1995, he joined the newly launched Channel V as their first male VJ. He became popular and had a long-term association with the channel.
Kenny got his first acting break in the 1997 film Bombay Boys alongside Naveen Andrews, albeit in a small role. After this, he went back to Channel V and served as their head of music programming until 2008. In 2005, Kenny tried his hand at directing and producing, with the film 13th Floor, starring Purab Kohli and Sandhya Mridul. The production was India’s first digitally-released film and received recognition at film festivals. Kenny returned to acting with his breakthrough role in the 2008 film Rock On!!. Portraying keyboardist Rob Nancy, the cult film made the actor a household name.
Kenny has also been a contributor to various news columns. He used to write “If I May Say So” for the Hindustan Times and “LukeBox” for Rolling Stone India. In 2011 he became the channel head of 9XO, a 24/7 international music channel owned by 9X Media. In 2013, he produced and starred in India’s first zombie film, Rise of the Zombie.
Kenny recently regained public attention with his acclaimed portrayal of Malcolm Murad, a hired mercenary, in the first Netflix India original series, Sacred Games. Kenny was part of the cast in both seasons of the show. He next appeared as GDPA official Wolfgang Hummels (inspired by WADA) in the second season of the Amazon Prime show Inside Edge. The same year, he also appeared in the film Tanhaji, portraying the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
He gained widespread recognition for his role in the 2008 rock musical drama Rock On!!