Dawn French Biography


Dawn French

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Birth Name: Dawn French
Date of birth:
Birth Country: United Kingdom
Height: 5 Feet
Birth Sign: libra
Age:   59 Years
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Dawn Roma French is an English actress. She is also a comedian and a renowned writer. She is popular in the world for her role in and also for writing the comedy sketch of the show 'French and Saunders' with comedy partner Jennifer Saunders. She has also played the role of Geraldine Granger in the sitcom 'The Vicar of Dibley'. She was born in Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales. Her parents are English and they are Denys Vernon French and Felicity Roma French. She was enrolled at the independent St Dunstan's Abbey School. She has one brother, Gary. Her father, Denys was in the Royal Air Force.

Dawn Roma French first met Lenny Henry on the alternative comedy circuit. They dated each other for few months and finally married on 20 October 1984. The couple adopted a daughter, Billie. She has a villa in Fowey with a net worth of £2.3 million. Something went wrong in 2010 and on 6 April 2010, the couple announced they were separating after 25 years of marriage. It was reported that they separated in mutual understanding. It is also stated by them that they decided to separate in October the previous year but left it until then as they were still in discussion over the separation and their divorce was finalized in 2010. After that, she started her love affairs with charity worker Mark Bignell in 2011. She also claimed that he was her boyfriend at that time. On 22 April 2013, it was reported that they had just married.

Dawn Roma French also had an astonishing career on television. She first appeared in 1982, on Channel 4's The Comic Strip. She played on more than half of the series. She also wrote two of them. She also uses Facebook and twitter frequently. She is earning a huge salary throughout her career. She has also written a bestselling epistolary autobiography, Dear Fatty. French was paid in advance with a net worth of £1.5 million for the book, which was released in 2008.

 

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Born in Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales

1957 11th of October

She was from a middle class family. She was born in Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales to Denys Vernon French and Felicity Roma French. She was enrolled at the independent St Dunstan's Abbey School. She has one brother, Gary. Her father, Denys was in the Royal Air Force.

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Her father died

1977 11th of September

She is the daughter of Denys Vernon French. He was born on 5 August 1932. He served in the Royal Air Force, stationed at RAF Valley. He married her mother, Felicity Roma French in their hometown of Plymouth in 1953. But on 11 September 1977, he died an unfortunate death.

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Studied at Central School of Speech and Drama

1977

French attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1977. She met her future comedy partner, Jennifer Saunders there. Both of them came from RAF backgrounds and they had grown up on the same base, even had the same best friends.

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Made her first television appearance

1982

French first appeared in 1982, on Channel 4's The Comic Strip Presents series. She also appeared in French and Saunders, which showcased Comic Strip performers Peter Richardson, Rik Mayall, Robbie Coltrane and Adrian Edmondson. 

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Married to Lenny Henry

1984 20th of October

French first met her future husband, Lenny Henry on the alternative comedy circuit. They dated each other for few months and finally married on 20 October 1984 in Covent Garden, London. The couple adopted a daughter, Billie. 

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Appeared in the videos

1987

French also has appeared in videos of Alison Moyet's songs "Love Letters" in 1987 and "Whispering Your Name" in 1994. She has appeared in the Spice Girls hit "Who Do You Think You Are" in 1997. She appeared in Kate Bush's music video entitled "Experiment IV" as well.

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Adopted a daughter, Billie Henry

1991

She and her husband, Lenny Henry, have adopted a daughter, Billie Henry. She was born in 1991. They adopted when she was in her infancy. She once claimed that her daughter, Billie knows that she was adopted but the situation looks different in her biography.

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Won Writers' Guild of Great Britain

1991

French won Writers' Guild of Great Britain for TV- Light Entertainment in 1991. She won it for her work in French and Saunders (1987). Back in 2002, she also won Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival in unknown category.

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Won British Comedy Awards

1997

She has been nominated in British Comedy Awards for three times in Best TV Comedy Actress. She was first nominated in 1997, and then in 1998 and 2011. She won this award only once and it was in 1997.

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Nominated in National Television Awards, UK

2003

French is a very talented woman. She has been nominated in various prestigious awards for several times. This also includes National Television Awards, UK. She has been nominated for this award for five times from 1998 to 2003 for Most Popular Comedy Performer but she has not won it yet.

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Appeared in the films and theater

2005

French has also appeared in movies. She played The Fat Lady in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, replacing Elizabeth Spriggs.  In 2005, she gave her voice for the character Mrs. Beaver in The Chronicles of Narnia.

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Dropped from the face of Terry's Chocolate Orange

2007

We have known French as an actress, comedian and writer. She is a dynamic woman, she was also chosen as the face of Terry's Chocolate Orange until August 2007. She has also been in advertisements for Churchill Insurance Company.

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Released her best-selling book

2008

French is a writer. She has written a best-selling epistolary autobiography, which she has titled Dear Fatty. French was paid in advance with net worth of £1.5 million for the book, which was released in 2008.

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Won BAFTA Awards

2009

She has been nominated in BAFTA Awards for eight times in different nominations. She was first nominated for this award back in 1989 for Best Light Entertainment Performance. It was in 2009 when she won this award for the first time.

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Divorced to Lenny Henry

2010

Something really went wrong in 2010 and on 6 April 2010, the couple announced they were separating after 25 years of marriage. It was reported that they separated in mutual understanding. It is also stated by them that they had decided to separate in October the previous year.

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Married to Mark Bignell

2013 22nd of April

2010 and 2011 was really a sad time in her life, she divorced with her married husband. After that she started her love affairs with charity worker Mark Bignell in 2011. She also claimed that he is her boyfriend now. On 22 April 2013 it was reported that they had just married.

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