Dawn French

Inside Biography


Dawn Roma French is an English writer, comedian, and actor. She was born on 11th October 1957. She is a very good starter and a comedy writer as well. She also plays in the lead roles. She has won various awards such as BAFTA a number of times.

Early Life and Education

French was born in Anglesey, Wales. Her parents were Denys Vernon French and Roma O'Brien.

She had studied at the Abbey School. Her only brother Gary French was born in 1955. She was admitted to Caistor Grammar School in Caistor, Lincolnshire. Her father was a member of the Royal Air Force.


Her career on television has had been extensive and successful.She had starred and co-written in her and Saunders' comedy series, French & Saunders in 1987. French has also appeared in the comedy/drama mini-series, Ted and Alice.

French has played The Fat Lady in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, replacing Elizabeth Spriggs. French has also lent her voice to the role of Elephant in the environmental animated film, Animals United in 2010.

She has also worked in theatres. She has worked in advertisements too. She has also appeared in music videos.

Personal Life

French married to Lenny Henry on 20 October 1984 in Covent Garden, London. They had adopted a Billie as their daughter. French and her husband had a property worth £2.3 million in Fowey, Cornwall.

They have a big mansion having 40 rooms which are known as smugglers' cove. This building dates back to the 19th century.French supports the Labour Party.

The couple got divorced after 25 years of married life on 6th April 2010. They had decided to separate after a lot of discussion over the last year.

In 2011, French started dating Mark Bignell. It was reported that they were married on 22nd April 2013 but the news has not been confirmed yet.

Height, Net Worth and Salary

French’s height is 5 feet. her weight is not been disclosed. Her age is around 56 years. Her net worth is around £ 5 million. Her salary is not disclosed.

Awards and Achievements

In 2002 French and Saunders won the Golden Rose of Montreux award and she was listed as The Observer in one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. French won writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award for TV- Light Entertainment in French and Saunders. 

French won British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actress in The Vicar of Dibley in 1997. She also won award Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival Award shared with Jennifer Saunders in 2002. She in 2009 French won BAFTA Fellowship – awarded with Jennifer Saunders. 

by abhishek, 03 Oct, 2014

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