We loved the hilarious Dawn in The Vicar of Dibley and in French and Saunders, here's everything you need to know about one of Britain's most loved comediennes.
How old is Dawn French?
Dawn turned 60-years-old on October 11th 2017.
Does Dawn French have a husband?
Dawn married comedian Lenny Henry in 1984 but their marriage sadly came to an end in 2010. In 2013, Dawn married Mark Bignall, co-founder of Hamoaze House, a support charity which helps recovering drug abusers and alcoholic reintegrate into society.
Dawn pays an emotional tribute to friend and Vicar of Dibley co-star, Emma Chambers
Does Dawn French have any children?
Dawn and ex-husband Lenny Henry have an adopted daughter together. 27-year-old Billie Henry was adopted by the former couple at just two-weeks old and has described her daughter as ‘the greatest achievement' of her life. However, Dawn has admitted in the past that her and her daughter have had a difficult relationship and Billie has now moved out of Dawn's home.
Was Dawn French in Absolutely Fabulous?
Dawn has never featured as a main character in Absolutely Fabulous but she has been heavily involved in writing the series and it was revealed that Jennifer Saunders decided to go ahead with the Absolutely Fabulous Movie after a bet with Dawn!
How did Dawn French lose weight?
Dawn began to lose weight in 2011, shortly after her divorce from Lenny Henry however Dawn has made it clear that her main motivation was her health. At just 4'11, Dawn weighed a reported 19 stone at her heaviest.
‘When you’re over 50 you have to pay attention to your health a bit,’ she said to The Mirror in 2012.
Furthermore, in 2014 following a cancer scare, Dawn had to go through a hysterectomy which also prompted her to lose weight.
‘When I was due to have my hysterectomy the doc told me that if I could lose some weight before the op, they would be able to do it via keyhole, and I would recover in three weeks or so,’ she explained.
‘Otherwise it would be big open surgery, and three months to recover. So, I set about dropping a few stone.’
Dawn French's fabulous fashion
Dawn's outfits always look well put together and she loves adding a splash of colour to her clothing. Dawn and close friend Helen Teague met in 1990 before partnering up together to create their own clothing brand named Sixteen47. The clothing is specifically designed for plus sized women and Dawn is often seen in pieces from the range.
Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders
The comedy duo met in 1978 when they were both attending the Central School of Speech and Drama where they began to collaborate on various comedy projects. Since then, they have created six series of their famous comedy sketch show, French and Saunders, which ran from 1987 - 2007. The pair continue to appear in comedy specials together for comic relief however and still make audiences laugh.