Dawn French

Born Oct 11, 1957

Dawn Roma French is an English actress, writer, and comedian. She is best known for starring in and writing for the comedy sketch show French and Saunders with comedy partner Jennifer Saunders and also for playing the lead role of Geraldine Granger in the sitcom The Vicar of Dibley. She has been nominated for seven BAFTA Awards and also won a Fellowship BAFTA along with Saunders.… Read More

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1957 Birth Born on October 11, 1957.


1981 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Some of French's first exposure to a wider audience occurred when comedy producer Martin Lewis recorded a Comic Strip record album in 1981 which featured sketches by French & Saunders.
1982 - 1984 2 More Events
1985 27 Years Old In 1985, French starred with Saunders, Tracey Ullman and Ruby Wax in Girls on Top, which portrayed four eccentric women sharing a flat in London.
1987 29 Years Old French has co-written and starred in her and Saunders' comedy series, French & Saunders, which debuted in 1987. … Read More


1991 33 Years Old French and Saunders have also followed separate careers. During French's time starring in Murder Most Horrid, from 1991 to 1999, she played a different character each week, whether it was the murderer, victim or both.


2002 44 Years Old In 2002, French appeared in the comedy/drama mini-series Ted and Alice. … Read More
2004 46 Years Old This series did not meet with as much success as her earlier roles and it ended in 2004 after two years. … Read More
2006 48 Years Old In 2006, French appeared in Agatha Christie's Marple (episode: "Sleeping Murder").


2008 50 Years Old She appeared as Caroline Arless in the BBC television drama Lark Rise to Candleford in 2008. … Read More
In late 2010, French starred in Roger & Val Have Just Got In with actor Alfred Molina.
2011 53 Years Old French began dating charity worker Mark Bignell in 2011. On 22 April 2013 it was reported that they had just married. … Read More
Her last appearance on The Vicar of Dibley was with Damian Lewis in a mini-episode made for Comic Relief in 2013. … Read More
2014 56 Years Old In September 2014 French was named as the new Chancellor of Falmouth University. … Read More
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