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Overview (3)

Born in Holyhead, Wales, UK
Birth NameDawn Roma French
Height 5' (1.52 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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.

Spouse (2)

Mark Bignell (20 April 2013 - present)
Lenny Henry (20 October 1984 - 25 October 2010) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (10)

She is the longtime comedy partner of Jennifer Saunders, though each works on projects without the other.
She has a deep and abiding interest in helping women of size find attractive clothing and, to that end, co-wrote two books on knitting -- "Big Knits" and "Great Big Knits" -- and founded a clothing store that carries fashionable and affordable designs.
In December 2003, she revealed that she and comedy partner Jennifer Saunders declined Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) honours "for services to comedy drama" in 2001.
She originally studied to be a drama teacher.
She is the former sister-in-law of Paul Henry.
When she was age 19, she lost her father (he took his own life).
She and her first husband, Lenny Henry, have a daughter, Billie Henry (b.1991 and adopted in infancy).
In 2011, French underwent a hysterectomy operation but not before losing almost 100lbs weight.
Her husband, Mark, proposed to her during a gondola ride in Venice.
In 2017, Doctor Who (1963) legend Tom Baker, who is almost always voted the best Doctor from the original run of the series, nominated French as a good choice for the Doctor in Doctor Who (2005) because "she's got such a wry sense of humour and also has a way with her that faintly suggests she's got secrets".

Personal Quotes (3)

Brit sitcom is usually good character observation and less gags. The Americans love the comedy to be high gag quota and slick.
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
I am not, I repeat, NOT a lesbian - even though I'd like to be one when I grow up.

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