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Dawn French


Dawn French was born on October 11, 1957 in Holyhead, Wales as Dawn Roma French. She is an actress and writer, known for French and Saunders (1987), The Vicar of Dibley (1994) and Coraline (2009). She has been married to Mark Bignell since April 20, 2013. She was previously married to Lenny Henry. See full bio »
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Known For

French and Saunders
French and Saunders Various Characters / Herself / Various roles / Bobin / Dawny Corden / Evangeline Idiot / Fanny / Lexie / Mammy / Maria / Pamela Denise Anderson / Star / Thelma / Toby-Jugs Kenobi
(1987-2017)
The Vicar of Dibley
The Vicar of Dibley Geraldine Granger / Geraldine Kennedy
(1994-2015)
Coraline
Coraline Miss Miriam Forcible / Other Forcible
(2009)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
(2004)

Filmography

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 2016-2018 Delicious (TV Series)
Gina Benelli
- Episode #2.4 (2018) ... Gina Benelli
- Episode #2.3 (2018) ... Gina Benelli
- Episode #2.2 (2018) ... Gina Benelli
- Episode #2.1 (2017) ... Gina Benelli
- Episode #1.4 (2017) ... Gina Benelli
 1987-2017 French and Saunders (TV Series)
Various Characters / Dawny Corden / Star / ...
- Comic Relief Special (2017) ... Dawny Corden
- Christmas Celebrity Special (2005) ... Star
- Episode #6.6 (2004) ... Various Characters
- Episode #6.5 (2004) ... Various Characters
- Episode #6.4 (2004) ... Various Characters
 2016 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Interviewer
 1994-2015 The Vicar of Dibley (TV Series)
Geraldine Granger / Geraldine Kennedy
- The Bishop of Dibley (2015) ... Geraldine Kennedy
- Comic Relief Special (2013) ... Geraldine Kennedy
- Comic Relief Special (2007) ... Geraldine Granger
- The Vicar in White (2007) ... Geraldine Granger
- The Handsome Stranger (2006) ... Geraldine Granger
 2013-2014 The Wrong Mans (TV Series)
Linda
- Action Mans (2014) ... Linda
- Wise Mans (2014) ... Linda
- White Mans (2014) ... Linda
- X-Mans (2014) ... Linda
- Running Mans (2013) ... Linda
 2013 Heading Out (TV Series)
Frances
- Episode #1.5 (2013) ... Frances
 1982-2012 The Comic Strip Presents... (TV Series)
George / Frances / Stella / ...
- Five Go to Rehab (2012) ... George
- Four Men in a Car (1998) ... Stella
- Space Virgins from Planet Sex (1993) ... Gaynor
- Red Nose of Courage (1992) ... Glynis Kinnock
- Spaghetti Hoops (1990) ... Francesca
 2010-2012 Roger & Val Have Just Got In (TV Series)
Val Stephenson / Val Stevenson
- The Gift (2012) ... Val Stevenson
- Poem for Uncle Jack (2012) ... Val Stevenson
- Pam's Collage (2012) ... Val Stevenson
- Surprise! (2012) ... Val Stephenson
- The Woman in the Attic (2012) ... Val Stephenson
 2009-2011 Psychoville (TV Series)
Joy Aston
- Survivors (2011) ... Joy Aston
- Halloween Special (2010) ... Joy Aston
- Ravenhill (2009) ... Joy Aston
- Robert (2009) ... Joy Aston
- Joy (2009) ... Joy Aston
 2008-2011 Lark Rise to Candleford (TV Series)
Caroline Arless
- Episode #4.6 (2011) ... Caroline Arless
- Episode #2.1 (2008) ... Caroline Arless
- Episode #1.10 (2008) ... Caroline Arless
- Episode #1.9 (2008) ... Caroline Arless
- Episode #1.4 (2008) ... Caroline Arless
 2010 Little Crackers (TV Series)
HM The Queen Mother
- Dawn French's Little Cracker: Operation Big Hat (2010) ... HM The Queen Mother
 2010 Konferenz der Tiere
Angie (English version, voice)
 2010 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (Short)
The Fat Lady
 2006-2009 Clatterford (TV Series)
Rosie Bales
- Ladies in Lavender (2009) ... Rosie Bales
- New Beginnings (2009) ... Rosie Bales (uncredited)
- Missing Persons (2009) ... Rosie Bales
- Dinner Party (2009) ... Rosie Bales
- Working from Home (2009) ... Rosie Bales
 2009 Coraline
Miss Miriam Forcible / Other Forcible (voice)
 2008 French & Saunders Still Alive (Video)
Dawn / Teenager / May / ...
 2007 A Bucket o' French & Saunders (TV Series)
Various Characters / Various
- Episode #1.5 (2007) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.4 (2007) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.3 (2007) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.2 (2007) ... Various Characters
 2007 La fille du régiment (TV Movie)
Duchesse de Crakentorp
 2006 Little Britain (TV Series)
Vicki Pollard's Mum / Shelley Pollard
- Little Britain Abroad: Part 2 (2006) ... Vicki Pollard's Mum
- Little Britain Abroad: Part 1 (2006) ... Shelley Pollard (credit only)
 2006 Love and Other Disasters
Therapist
 2006 Agatha Christie's Marple (TV Series)
Janet Erskine
- Sleeping Murder (2006) ... Janet Erskine
 2004 Arena (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
 2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Fat Lady in Painting
 2002-2004 Wild West (TV Series)
Mary Trewednack
- Holly Loses Faith in Witchcraft (2004) ... Mary Trewednack
- The Film Crew (2004) ... Mary Trewednack
- Cornish Flu (2004) ... Mary Trewednack
- Angela Learns to Drive (2004) ... Mary Trewednack
- Magical Horses (2004) ... Mary Trewednack
 2004 Bosom Pals (TV Movie)
Stella (voice)
 2002 Pongwiffy (TV Series)
Pongwiffy (voice)
 2002 Ted and Alice (TV Mini-Series)
Alice Putkin
- Episode #1.3 (2002) ... Alice Putkin
- Episode #1.2 (2002) ... Alice Putkin
- Episode #1.1 (2002) ... Alice Putkin
 2000 French & Saunders Live (Video)
Various / Elizabeth Taylor / Ann Widdecombe
 2000 Watership Down (TV Series)
Buttercup
- Christmas on Watership Down: Part 2 (2000) ... Buttercup
- Christmas on Watership Down: Part 1 (2000) ... Buttercup
 2000 Maybe Baby
Charlene
 2000 If Looks Could Kill: The Power of Behaviour (Video short)
Miss Hapless
 1999 David Copperfield (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Crupp
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... Mrs. Crupp
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... Mrs. Crupp
 1999 Let Them Eat Cake (TV Series)
Lisette
- The Royal Command Performance (1999) ... Lisette
- A Marriage of Convenience (1999) ... Lisette
- Making Voopee (1999) ... Lisette
- The Portrait (1999) ... Lisette
- Murder (1999) ... Lisette
 1999/I Milk
Virginia
 1991-1999 Murder Most Horrid (TV Series)
Tiffany Drapes / Jill Tanner / Harriet Snellgrove / ...
- Dinner at Tiffany's (1999) ... Tiffany Drapes
- Elvis, Jesus and Zack (1999) ... Jill Tanner
- Confessions of a Murderer (1999) ... Harriet Snellgrove
- Whoopi Stone (1999) ... WPC Barbara Greaves / Whoopi Stone
- Going Solo (1999) ... Tracey Phillips
 1997 Treasure Island (Video)
Jim Hawkins (voice)
 1997 Sex & Chocolate (TV Movie)
Bev Bodger
 1997 Harry Enfield and Chums (TV Series)
Mrs. Goggins: 'Il Postino Pat' Sketch
- Episode #2.5 (1997) ... Mrs. Goggins: 'Il Postino Pat' Sketch
 1997 I'd Like a Word with You (Video)
 1996 The Adventures of Pinocchio (Video Game)
Baker's Wife
 1996 Stanley Baxter in Reel Terms (TV Movie)
Various roles
 1996 The Adventures of Pinocchio
Baker's wife
 1995 Look at the State We're In! (TV Mini-Series)
Clerk
- The Status Quo (1995) ... Clerk
- Nanny Knows Best (1995) ... Clerk
- Legal System (1995) ... Clerk
- Local Government (1995) ... Clerk
- Secrecy (1995) ... Clerk
 1993 French and Saunders Live (Video)
Various roles
 1993 The Legends of Treasure Island (TV Mini-Series)
Jim Hawkins
- The Beginning of the End (1993) ... Jim Hawkins (voice)
- The Fountain of Truth (1993) ... Jim Hawkins (voice)
- The Merman Prince (1993) ... Jim Hawkins (voice)
- The Labyrinth (1993) ... Jim Hawkins (voice)
- Now You See Me (1993) ... Jim Hawkins (voice)
 1993 Screen One (TV Series)
Elaine Dobbs
- Tender Loving Care (1993) ... Elaine Dobbs
 1993 It's Your Choice: Selection Skills for Managers (Video short)
Gillian the Silent
 1993 Jackanory (TV Series)
Reader
- Daisy Pig (1993) ... Reader
 1992 In Dreams (TV Movie)
Driving Instructor
 1992 Absolutely Fabulous (TV Series)
Kathy
- Magazine (1992) ... Kathy
 1990 The Tale of Little Pig Robinson (TV Movie)
Porcas
 1990 Hit and Run (TV Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1990)
 1989 The Jim Henson Hour (TV Series)
Badsister 2
- Garbage (1989) ... Badsister 2
 1989 Bananarama Feat. Lananeeneenoonoo: Help! (Video short)
Kirsten
 1988 The Storyteller (TV Series)
Badsister 2
- Sapsorrow (1988) ... Badsister 2
 1987 Eat the Rich
Debbie Draws
 1985-1986 Girls on Top (TV Series)
Amanda Ripley
- Lower the Donkey (1986) ... Amanda Ripley
- Mr. Yummy Brownie (1986) ... Amanda Ripley
- Bring Me More Flamingoes (1986) ... Amanda Ripley
- Who's Ya Uncle Shelley? (1986) ... Amanda Ripley
- Big Snogs (1986) ... Amanda Ripley
 1986 Lenny Henry Tonite (TV Series)
 1985 Happy Families (TV Series)
Cook
- Reunion (1985) ... Cook
- Roxanne (1985) ... Cook
- Joyce (1985) ... Cook
- Madeleine (1985) ... Cook
- Cassie (1985) ... Cook
 1985 The Supergrass
Andrea
 1984-1985 The Lenny Henry Show (TV Series)
- Episode #2.5 (1985)
- Episode #1.3 (1984)
 1982-1984 The Young Ones (TV Series)
Easter Bunny / Woman with Horns in Commercial / Religious Woman
- Time (1984) ... Easter Bunny
- Nasty (1984) ... Woman with Horns in Commercial
- Interesting (1982) ... Religious Woman
 1981 The Comic Strip (TV Short)
Dawn
 1977 The Balance Sheet Barrier (Video short)
Rita Scroggs
Show Show Writer (19 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (7 credits)
Show Show Producer (2 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Self (116 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (40 credits)

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2 Print Biographies | 6 Interviews | 7 Articles | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

French | French & Saunders | French and Saunders

Height:

5' (1.52 m)
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Personal Quote:

Fawlty Towers (1975) was an enormous favorite. I once laughed so hard with my dad at this series that I actually wet my pants and then my dad wet his. We were in genuine physical pain with laughing. Lovely See more »

Trivia:

She originally studied to be a drama teacher. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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