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Dawn French

Mostly Credited As: Dawn French
Birth Name: Dawn Roma French
Date Of Birth: October 11, 1957 (Age 57)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Holyhead, Wales
Height: 5' (1.52 m)

Dawn French


Dawn French was born on October 11, 1957 in Holyhead, Wales. She won a debating scholarship to study in New York after leaving school and then went on to train to be a drama teacher at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, where she met Jennifer Saunders. This led onto one of the most successful partnerships in British comedy today; French and Saunders.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Superstar (2012)As: Herself (Judge (Live Shows Only))
Roger And Val Have Just Got In (2010)As: Val
Psychoville (2009)As: Joy Aston
Lark Rise To Candleford (2008)As: Caroline Arless
Australia's Got Talent (2007)As: Herself (Judge S07)
A Bucket O' French And Saunders (2007)As: Various
Dawn French's More Boys Who Do: Comedy (2007)As: Presenter
Dawn French's Girls Who Do: Comedy (2006)As: Herself
Bosom Pals (2004)As: Stella -- [Voice]
Wild West (2002)As: Mary Trewednack
Let Them Eat Cake (1999)As: Lisette
Watership Down (1999)As: Buttercup -- [Voice]
The Vicar of Dibley (1994)As: Boadicea 'Geraldine' Granger
The Legends of Treasure Island (1993)As: Jim Hawkins (S01) -- [Voice]
Murder Most Horrid (1991)As: Various Characters
French & Saunders (1987)As: Various
Comic Relief (1986)As: Herself (Host 1986, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2009)
Girls on Top (1985)As: Amanda Ripley
Happy Families (1985)As: Cook
The Comic Strip Presents (1982)As: Various
Episode Cast Credits 

The Wrong Mans (2013) 
  Wise Mans 02x04: (Dec/23/2014) As Linda 
  Action Mans 02x03: (Dec/23/2014) As Linda 
  White Mans 02x02: (Dec/22/2014) As Linda 
  X Mans 02x01: (Dec/22/2014) As Linda 

This Morning (1988) 
  October 15, 2014 27x33: (Oct/15/2014) As Herself 
  December 19, 2012 25x78: (Dec/19/2012) As Herself 
  February 7, 2012 24x106: (Feb/07/2012) As Herself 
  June 27, 2011 23x205: (Jun/27/2011) As Herself 

The One Show (2006) 
  September 8, 2014 09x20: (Sep/08/2014) As Herself 
  October 24, 2012 07x53: (Oct/24/2012) As Herself 
  February 6, 2012 06x140: (Feb/06/2012) As Herself 
  October 28, 2010 05x79: (Oct/28/2010) As Herself 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  June 12, 2014 15x163: (Jun/12/2014) As Herself 
  February 7, 2012 13x38: (Feb/07/2012) As Herself 
  December 16, 2010 11x350: (Dec/16/2010) As Herself 

The Graham Norton Show (2007) 
  Kirsten Dunst, Bear Grylls, Dawn French, Conchita Wurst, Sam Smith 15x07: (May/16/2014) As Herself 
  Martin Freeman, Dawn French, Lee Mack, Girls Aloud 12x08: (Dec/14/2012) As Herself 
  Cher, Dawn French, The Script 08x08: (Dec/17/2010) As Herself 
  Michael Palin, Dawn French, Rod Stewart 06x07: (Nov/16/2009) As Herself 

Lorraine (2010) 
  Series 3, Show 204 03x204: (Jun/24/2013) As Herself 
  Series 3, Show 39 03x39: (Oct/25/2012) As Herself 
  Series 1, Show 197 01x197: (Jun/08/2011) As Herself 
  Series 1, Show 40 01x40: (Oct/29/2010) As Herself 

Daybreak (2010) 
  June 24, 2013 03x204: (Jun/24/2013) As Herself 
  October 30, 2012 03x42: (Oct/30/2012) As Herself 
  October 25, 2012 03x39: (Oct/25/2012) As Herself 
  October 29, 2010 01x40: (Oct/29/2010) As Herself 

Heading Out (2013) 
  Episode 5 01x05: (Mar/26/2013) As Frances 

Comic Relief (1986) 
  Funny for Money - Part 1 16x02: (Mar/15/2013) As Geraldine Kennedy (Herself-Mad March,Vicar of Dibley Sketch), [Featuring]

Text Santa (2011) 
  Text Santa 2012 02x02: (Dec/21/2012) As Herself (Duet with Gary Barlow), [Co-Guest Stars]

Loose Women (1999) 
  Series 17, Show 41 17x41: (Oct/29/2012) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Series 15, Show 44 15x44: (Nov/04/2010) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Series 13, Show 233 13x233: (Aug/07/2009) As Herself (Archive Footage), [Featuring]
  Series 13, Show 27 13x27: (Oct/07/2008) As Herself (Interviewee), [Co-Guest Stars]

Michael BublĂ©: Home for Christmas (2011) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Dec/18/2011) As Herself 

50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments (2011) 
  50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments 01x01: (Jul/27/2011) As Herself 

The BAFTA Television Awards (1954) 
  The 57th BAFTA Television Awards 57x01: (May/22/2011) As Herself 

The Xtra Factor (2004) 
  Series 7, Live Show Exta Final (Result) 07x30: (Dec/12/2010) As Herself 

Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009) 
  Dawn French, David Walliams, Phil Spencer, La Roux 01x04: (Jul/05/2009) As Herself 

The New Paul O'Grady Show (2006) 
  Series 7, Show 32 07x32: (Apr/07/2009) As Herself 
  Series 6, Show 11 06x11: (Oct/06/2008) As Herself 
  Series 5, Show 9 05x09: (Mar/27/2008) As Herself 
  Series 4, Show 56 04x56: (Dec/03/2007) As Herself 

Al Murray's Happy Hour (2007) 
  Series 3, Show 5 03x05: (Oct/10/2008) As Herself 

Parkinson (2004) (2004) 
  Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ray Winstone, Daniel Radcliffe 07x07: (Nov/03/2007) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Dawn French, Chris Evans, Ian Hislop, David Gray 03x07: (Nov/19/2005) As Herself, [Interviewees]

The F Word (2005) 
  Series 3, Episode 1 03x01: (May/08/2007) As Herself 

Comedy Shuffle (2007) 
  Series 1, Episode 2 01x02: (Feb/01/2007) As Herself 

Mystery! (1980) 
  Miss Marple, II: (2) Sleeping Murder (Part 2) 26x06: (Jun/11/2006) As Janet Erskine 
  Miss Marple, II: (1) Sleeping Murder (Part 1) 26x05: (Jun/04/2006) As Janet Erskine 

Davina (2006) 
  Episode 6 01x06: (Mar/29/2006) As Herself 

Agatha Christie's Marple (2004) 
  Sleeping Murder 02x01: (Feb/05/2006) As Janet Erskine, [Starring Roles]

The Paul O'Grady Show (2004) 
  Series 3, Show 60 03x60: (Dec/02/2005) As Herself 

Jools' Annual Hootenanny (1994) 
  2003 01x11: (Dec/31/2003) As Herself 
  1996 01x04: (Dec/31/1996) As Herself 
  1995 01x03: (Dec/31/1995) As Herself 

Parkinson (1998) (1998) 
  Heather Mills, Simply Red, Dawn French, George Clooney 09x01: (Feb/22/2003) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  French & Saunders, Mike Reid, Tom Jones 04x01: (Sep/08/2000) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Geri Halliwell, Dawn French, Carol Vorderman 02x01: (Jan/08/1999) As Herself, [Interviewees]

V Graham Norton (2002) 
  Series 2, Show 5 02x05: (Oct/25/2002) As Herself 

TFI Friday (1996) 
  French & Saunders, Michael Parkinson, Jerry Hall, Ted Rogers, Moby 06x01: (Nov/10/2000) As Herself 
  Dawn French, All Saints, Chumbawamba, Headswim, Spacehog 03x19: (Jan/30/1998) As Herself 
  9th February 1996 01x01: (Feb/09/1996) As Herself 

Absolutely Fabulous (1992) 
  Magazine 01x05: (Dec/10/1992) As Kathy 

Jim Henson's The Storyteller (1988) 
  Sapsorrow 01x07: (Jun/26/1988) As Badsister 2 

Wogan (1982) 
  Series 8, Show 1 08x01: (Jan/01/1988) As Herself 

Omnibus (1967) 
  Comic Relief 20x03: (Apr/25/1986) As Herself 

Saturday Live (1985) (1985) 
  Special 01x01: (Jan/12/1985) As Herself 

The Young Ones (1982) 
  Time 02x05: (Jun/12/1984) As Easter Bunny 
  Nasty 02x03: (May/29/1984) As Woman With Horns In Commercial 
  Interesting 01x05: (Dec/07/1982) As Religious Woman 
Crew Credits

Show Crew


Absolutely Fabulous (1992)• Creator
French & Saunders (1987)• Creator

Episode Crew


Little Crackers (2010) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Dawn French's Little Cracker 01x11 Dec/25/2010 As: Director, Writer
French & Saunders (1987) (Credited in 48 episodes from this show) 
 
Show all 48 episode crew credits
The French and Saunders Christmas Special   Dec/27/2005 As: Writer
Season 6, Episode 6 06x06 Nov/19/2004 As: Writer
Season 6, Episode 5 06x05 Nov/12/2004 As: Writer
Season 6, Episode 4 06x04 Nov/05/2004 As: Writer
Season 6, Episode 3 06x03 Oct/29/2004 As: Writer
Murder Most Horrid (1991) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Mrs. Hat and Mrs. Red 01x06 Dec/19/1991 As: Writer
Girls on Top (1985) (Credited in 13 episodes from this show) 
 
Show all 13 episode crew credits
Lower the Donkey 02x06 Dec/11/1986 As: Writer
Mr. Yummy Brownie 02x05 Dec/04/1986 As: Writer
Bring Me More Flamingoes 02x04 Nov/27/1986 As: Writer
Who's Ya Uncle, Shelley? 02x03 Nov/20/1986 As: Writer
Big Snogs 02x02 Nov/06/1986 As: Writer
Featured Songs

Text Santa Songs:
Text Santa 2012 + Fairytale of New York 
Trivia

wn frequently appeared on the Whose Line Is It Anyway? radio show but never appeared on the TV version of the show.

Dawn and Lenny have an adopted daughter named Billie.

Dawn is in the ads for Terry's Chocolate Orange and has her own famous saying "Its not Terry's, its mine!"

Dawn and her husband, comedian Lenny Henry, guest starred in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).

Dawn's favourite singers are Eva Cassidy and Norah Jones.

Dawn lives in Berkshire, England with her family.

Dawn and Lenny got engaged in 1983 and married a year later.

Dawn has a deep and abiding interest in helping women of size find attractive clothing. Has thereby co-authored two books on knitting, Big Knits and Great Big Knits as well as founding a clothing store carrying fashionable and affordable designs.

It was recently revealed that Dawn and partner Jennifer Saunders declined Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) honors "for services to comedy drama" in 2001.

Dawn appeared in the "BBC: Serious About Comedy" TV commercial for BBC America in 2000.

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