Dawn French
British comedian
Dawn French
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.
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Jennifer Saunders: 'Everyone's always saying, "You're frightening"'
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
The star of Absolutely Fabulous talks about Dawn French and Joanna Lumley, performing in front of militant audiences in the 80s – and why she wanted to write an 'all right' memoir When Jennifer Saunders was approaching 50, she had an epiphany. "I was sitting in a meeting listening to everyone talking about some show or other, and I suddenly started thinking, do you know something? I think I have a better idea. I think my idea is probably better. Before that, if they'd said anything, I'd go, yes, yes, that's right, yes, agree, agree, agree. And I suddenly thought, actually, I think I can make this funnier, I think I know better. And it hadn't occurred to me until then that that could ever happen." How could it have taken the comedian so long to realise this? "It's terrible, isn't it?" she laughs. "That you end up thinking, oh look, everyone's cleverer than me. Everyone knows better than me. Everyone thinks I'm an idiot. I probably can't do this, I probably can't do that. I don't know ...
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Guardian (UK) article
Consumer Concerns Weigh Down French Economy
NYTimes - over 3 years
As seen at the sprawling Marché aux Puces, Paris’s most famous flea market, concerns are growing for France’s economic health in the near future.
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Kyle's really a gent, says Dawn
Byron Shire News - over 3 years
COMEDIAN Dawn French defends shock jock Kyle Sandilands on A Current Affair, describing her fellow Australia's Got Talent judge as a "gentleman".     
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British comedian Dawn French marries for a second time
Reuters.com - almost 4 years
LONDON (Reuters) - British comedian Dawn French, who plays "The Vicar of Dibley" in the award-winning television comedy, has married for the second time, her publicist said on Monday.
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Archbishop of Canterbury: Thought for the Day does not fit with my schedule
Guardian (UK) - almost 4 years
Justin Welby makes his debut appearance on BBC Radio 4's religious slot but admits he is not a regular listener The BBC's dedicated religious slot on Radio 4's Today programme may be an essential part of the morning routine for tens of thousands of people but it has emerged that the new head of the Church of England is not among them. At the end of his debut appearance on Thought for the Day – during which he drew a comparison between the different accounts of Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday and the way in which the Cypriot banking crisis has been reported – the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, was questioned by presenters about how often he tuned in. The spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican communion replied: "Oh dear." Pressed on reports that he never listens, he added: "Yes, it's not deliberate. I've got nothing against you, I think you are wonderful, you are absolutely marvellous right across the Today programme, without exception. But it just doesn't fit in w ...
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Dawn French reveals new boyfriend Mark Bignell had no idea who she was
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
The star of series such as The Vicar of Dibley has spoken out about her new love, Mark Bignell, and admits she was 'quite surprised' when he told her he had no idea who she was.
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Daily Mail (UK) article
Dawn French to Showcase Slimmer Frame in New Television Gig
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Upcoming reality talent show “Superstars” has announced a new addition to its judging panel: comedian Dawn French. French will also be showing off her new, slimmed down body.Dallas, TX. (PRWEB) June 08, 2012 Comedian Dawn French has announced that she will been joining Jason Donovan as a judge on the upcoming Andrew Lloyd Weber’s televised talent search competition. The show, titled “Superstar,” will feature French on a panel of judges who will judge unknown talents as they vie for a position as the lead in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. ...
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Nicholas French: Hair Artist Supreme
The Epoch Times - almost 5 years
Hair by Nicholas French using Matrix products (Sarah Silver/SHE by SO.CAP USA HAIR EXTENSIONS) Nicholas French became the first honoree to earn the Beauty Maker Award (BMA) in platform artistry, awarded by the BE! Entertainment Network on April 15 at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J. “Platform artists perform and work from a stage, usually in front of beauty [industry] makers, the public, and from a few up to thousands of people at a time,” explained Steven and Annie Casciola, founders and editors of BE! Magazine. “They have the unique communication and creative skills to excite the public about the salon experience.” From this description, it is no wonder that Nicholas French merited this honor, singled out as No. 1 from among “so many people traveling the world doing this,” French said. Inspired by his late father, Freddie French, Nicholas has devised a course of innovative hair styling that triggers the imagination and ignites the fire of creativity. He said that h ...
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KEITH NEWBERY Hair today, gone tomorrow – but a toupee is never a good look...
Chichester Observer - almost 5 years
T he cure for hair loss has been ‘five years away’ for as long as I can remember. In fact, I’ve gone seriously bald waiting for it. During that time I’ve resisted imprecations to rub my pate with goose fat, dowse it in a seaweed solution, stand on my head to improve the blood flow or attempt to rejuvenate the follicles by investing in stuff with names like scalpgro or nuhair4u. I’ve ignored theories that a wilting barnet is due to tight hats, lack of carnal activity, excessive shampooing or sleeping with the bed on a north-south axis. I used to scoff at suggestions that only great thinkers or great lovers went bald – but oddly enough, the idea has become more attractive with each passing year and each tumbling tress. But baldness has never been a condition which has caused me undue concern, because in the great scheme of things I’d rather lose my hair than any other part of my body. However, I sympathise with those poor wretches who scrutinise their combs every morning with a grow ...
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Something to Say with Keith Newbery: I’d rather lose my hair than any other part of my body
Eastbourne Herald - almost 5 years
A CURE for hair loss has been ‘five years away’ for as long as I can remember. In fact, I’ve gone seriously bald waiting for it. During that time I’ve resisted imprecations to rub my pate with goose fat, dowse it in a seaweed solution, stand on my head to improve the blood flow or attempt to rejuvenate the follicles by investing in stuff with names like Scalpgro or NuHair4U. I’ve ignored theories that a wilting barnet is due to tight hats, lack of carnal activity, excessive shampooing or sleeping with the bed on a north-south axis. I used to scoff at suggestions that only great thinkers or great lovers went bald – but oddly enough, the idea has become more attractive with each passing year and each tumbling tress. But baldness has never been a condition which has caused me undue concern, because in the great scheme of things I’d rather lose my hair than any other part of my body. However, I sympathise with those poor wretches who scrutinise their combs every morning with a growing ...
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Dawn French: “I Refuse To Dislike My Old Body”
BBC Blogs- America - almost 5 years
Dawn French’s astonishing weight-loss (100 pounds and counting)  has been one of the more remarkable things to happen this decade, and it has resulted in quite a bit of newspaper moralising. Not that anyone is criticising one of Britain’s favorite comediennes for changing shape, you understand, it’s just she always maintained that she was happy the way she was – even calling her autobiography Dear Fatty to underline the point – and of course there’s nothing a newspaper columnist likes more than to point out something that looks like hypocrisy, even if it isn’t. Thankfully, Dawn has now stepped forward to clarify the matter. It seems that her only consideration was to be able to stay alive longer, to watch her daughter Billie grow up. Had it not been for this, she’d be mainlining chocolate and carbs to this very day. She told the Mirror: “When you’re over 50 you have to pay attention to your health a bit. I want to be there for my kid. “I have quite a lot of exciting adventures ...
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Dawn French pays tribute to her mother Roma
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
Charity boss Roma died last month at the age of 77.
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Daily Mail (UK) article
Giant Rubber Duck Floats Down French River Valley
PSFK - almost 5 years
Artist Florentin Hofman’s giant sculpture puts a smile on passers-by faces while it floats from city to next along the Loire river in France.
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Dawn French admits feeling uneasy in her new body... so can you truly miss being FAT?
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
TRICIA HUDSON, who has shed the same amount, reveals how changing shape has affected her self-esteem and relationships.
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Daily Mail (UK) article
Dawn French Reveals Impressive Weight Loss On ‘This Morning’
eCanada Now - about 5 years
Self Esteme Not An Issue For Actress Dramatic Weight Loss British multi-talented entertainer and award winner, <a class="fplink fp-398263" href="/dawn+french+1">Dawn French</a> has revealed how she lost four stones (14 pounds) while promoting the second series of the award winning television show, Roger And Val Just Got In. On the This Morning show with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, French let it be known that she didn’t lose weight over self esteem issues but possibly for health reasons. As a matter of fact, she loved her fuller figure and stated “…I may have it again one day! You never know!” So what secrets are behind this actresses dramatic weight loss? According to French, after the end of series one of Roger and Val; she began to eat less and walk her dog everyday. She doesn’t punish herself or ban any of her favorite foods from her diet. That’s right, she just eats less and moves more which is probably the secret to any sucessful diet plan. <a class="fpli ...
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Dawn French misses her old body
Byron Shire News - about 5 years
BRITISH comedienne <a class="fplink fp-398263" href="/dawn+french+1">Dawn French</a> admits she misses her old body after losing more than 45kg.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dawn French
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 56
    In September 2014 French was named as the new Chancellor of Falmouth University.
    More Details Hide Details French is a supporter of the Labour Party. French and Saunders won the honorary Golden Rose of Montreux award in 2002 and in 2003, she was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. In a 2006 poll consisting of 4,000 people, French was named as the most admired female celebrity amongst women in Britain.
  • 2013
    Age 55
    In March 2013, it was announced that French would replace Brian McFadden on the judging panel of Nine Network's Australia's Got Talent alongside Kyle Sandilands, Timomatic and Geri Halliwell (who replaced Dannii Minogue).
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    In February 2013 she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.
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    Her last appearance on The Vicar of Dibley was with Damian Lewis in a mini-episode made for Comic Relief in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details She was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Comedy Performance in the last episode of The Vicar of Dibley. Repeats of the show on BBC One still attract millions of viewers and it also retains a following amongst PBS viewers in the United States. French played a major role in Jam & Jerusalem as a woman called "Rosie" who has dissociative identity disorder and with it an alter ego called "Margaret". She co-starred alongside Sue Johnston (as the lead character, Sal), Jennifer Saunders (regular bit-part as Caroline – also created and wrote the series) and Joanna Lumley (regular bit-part Delilah). She made a guest appearance in Little Britain as Vicky Pollard's mother. French also appeared in a special version of Little Britain Live which featured several celebrity guests and was shown by the BBC as part of Comic Relief. She played the part of a lesbian barmaid in a sketch with Daffyd Thomas.
  • 2011
    Age 53
    French began dating charity worker Mark Bignell in 2011. On 22 April 2013 it was reported that they had just married.
    More Details Hide Details The couple reside in Fowey, Cornwall, in a mansion with 40 rooms overlooking Readymoney Cove and neighbouring Poldridmouth Cove, known as smugglers' cove. The grade II-listed building dates back to the 19th century.
  • 2010
    Age 52
    On 6 April 2010, French and Henry announced they were separating after 25 years of marriage. It was reported that the separation was amicable. They had decided to separate in October the previous year but left it until then as they were still in discussion over the separation. Their divorce was finalised in 2010.
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    French returned to Covent Garden and La Fille du règiment in the 2010 revival.
    More Details Hide Details Her tour of 2014 is called 30 Million minutes since she will be this age in 2014. According to her time of birth this will happen on 25 or 26 October. French was chosen as the face of Terry's Chocolate Orange, until August 2007, when she was dropped. She has also been in advertisements for Churchill Insurance Company. French has appeared in the videos to Alison Moyet's songs "Love Letters" (which also featured Saunders) in 1987 and "Whispering Your Name" in 1994. She also appeared in two Comic Relief music videos. In 1989 she joined Jennifer Saunders and Kathy Burke to form "Lananeeneenoonoo" and, along with Bananarama, they created a charity single to raise money for Comic Relief. It was a cover version of The Beatles song "Help! ", and was released on the London Records label, entering the UK Singles Chart on 25 February 1989 and reaching a high of #3. It remained in the chart for nine weeks.
    In 2010, French lent her voice to the role of Angie the Elephant in the environmental animated film Animals United.
    More Details Hide Details In 1996 French appeared in The Adventures of Pinocchio as "The Baker's Wife" alongside Martin Landau and Home Improvement star Jonathan Taylor Thomas She has also taken roles in the theatre. French has appeared in plays such as A Midsummer Night's Dream, My Brilliant Divorce, and Smaller, which last is about a schoolteacher caring for her disabled mother. January 2007 saw French performing as the Duchesse de Crackentorp at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, in The Daughter of the Regiment (La fille du régiment) by Gaetano Donizetti. Soprano Natalie Dessay and tenor Juan Diego Flórez were the leads in the production.
    French appeared in Little Crackers, short comedy films which were broadcast over Christmas in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details French appeared as a special guest on Michael Bublé's Home For Christmas in December 2011. In July 2012, she was a judge in ITV's Superstar live shows.
    In late 2010, French starred in Roger & Val Have Just Got In with actor Alfred Molina.
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  • 2008
    Age 50
    She appeared as Caroline Arless in the BBC television drama Lark Rise to Candleford in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Talking about her role, she has stated, "I'm quite a vibrant character. She's quite extreme, in that she drinks too much, laughs too much and sings too much. But she loves her family very much; it's just that she goes over the top sometimes."
  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 48
    In 2006, French appeared in Agatha Christie's Marple (episode: "Sleeping Murder").
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  • 2004
    Age 46
    This series did not meet with as much success as her earlier roles and it ended in 2004 after two years.
    More Details Hide Details French's biggest solo television role to date has been as the title figure in the long running and popular BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley, which Richard Curtis created for her. She starred as Geraldine Granger, a vicar of a small village called Dibley. An audience of 12.3 million watched the final full-length episode to see her character's marriage ceremony.
  • 2002
    Age 44
    In 2002, French appeared in the comedy/drama mini-series Ted and Alice.
    More Details Hide Details In the series, set in the Lake District, French played a tourist information officer who falls in love with an alien. She also appeared in the BBC sitcom Wild West, with Catherine Tate, in which she played a woman living in Cornwall who is a lesbian, more through lack of choice than any specific natural urge.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1991
    Age 33
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 29
    French has co-written and starred in her and Saunders' comedy series, French & Saunders, which debuted in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details On their show, the duo have spoofed many celebrities such as Madonna, Cher, Catherine Zeta-Jones and the Spice Girls. They have also parodied films such as The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. After 20 years being on television together, their last sketch series, A Bucket o' French & Saunders, began airing on 8 September 2007.
  • 1985
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1984
    Age 26
    French met Lenny Henry on the alternative comedy circuit. The couple married on 20 October 1984 in Covent Garden, London.
    More Details Hide Details They adopted a daughter, Billie. French has stated that Billie has always known that she was adopted, but once took out an injunction when a biographer came close to revealing the identity of Billie's biological mother. When faced with a question about how she and Henry would feel if Billie wanted to find out about her birth mother, French commented, "Whatever she wants to do when she's 18, we'll support her. What I do worry about is anyone else making the decision for her."
  • 1982
    Age 24
    French has had an extensive career on television, debuting on Channel 4's The Comic Strip Presents series in an episode called "Five Go Mad in Dorset" in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details Each episode presented a self-contained story and, in addition to French and Saunders, showcased Comic Strip performers Peter Richardson, Rik Mayall, Robbie Coltrane and Adrian Edmondson. She acted in 27 of the 37 episodes and wrote two of them. One episode featured a parody of spaghetti westerns and another a black and white film about a hopelessly goofy boy.
  • 1981
    Age 23
    The album was released on Springtime!/Island Records in September 1981 and presented French and Jennifer Saunders to an audience outside London.
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    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born on October 11, 1957.
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