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Dawn Roma French
11 October 1957, Holyhead, Wales, UK
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-   'Lenny Henry' (qv) (20 October 1984 - 25 October 2010) (divorced); 1 child


-   The comedy partner of 'Jennifer Saunders (I)' (qv)

-   Has an adopted daughter named Billie.

-   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.

-   (December 2003) Was revealed that she and partner 'Jennifer Saunders (I)' (qv) declined Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) honors "for services to comedy drama" in 2001.

-   She originally studied to be a drama teacher.

-   Sister-in-law of 'Paul Henry (IV)' (qv).

-   Her father committed suicide when she was age 19.


-   Appears in "BBC: Serious About Comedy" TV commercial for BBC America (2000)

-   1986: Plays a lab assistant in 'Kate Bush' (qv)'s science-fiction music video "Experiment IV."

-   Appeared in a business training video "The Balance Sheet Barrier" with 'John Cleese' (qv).

-   TV commercial for Terry's Chocolate Orange (2002-2003)

-   TV commercial for Terry's Segsations (2003)

-   Music video for 'Alison Moyet' (qv): "Whispering Your Name"

-   TV commercial for House of Fraser department stores.

-   (April 2006): Plays Bernice Clulow in "Smaller" play by Carmel Morgan (Lyric Theatre, London, England, UK).

-   (2001) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "A Midsummer's Night Dream," at the Albery Theatre in London, England with Michael Siberry, Jemma Redgrave, Selina Cadell, Stephen Campbell Moore, Julian Forsyth, Will Keen, Gillian Kearney, and Paul Rider in the cast. Matthew Francis was director.

-   (1997) Appeared in Spice Girls "Who do you think you are" music video

-   (1996) She acted in JB Priestley's play, "When We Are Married," in a 1996 Chichester Festival Production at the Savoy Theatre in London, England with Leo McKern, Alison Steadman, Annette Badland, Paul Copley, Shirley Anne Field, and Roger Lloyd Pack in the cast. Jude Kelly was director.

-   (March 26,1997) She performed and contributed to the revue, "Then Again, A New Lyric Revue," at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, London, England with Desmond Barrit, Sheila Hancock, Neil Mullarkey, and John Gould (piano player) in the cast. Neil Bartlett was director. Alan Bennett, Noel Coward, Jennifer Saunders, Graeme Garden, Ken Hoare, Harold Pinter, NF Simpson, David Wood, John Gould, Julian Clary, Richard Curtis, and Stephen Fry were also writers.

-   (1987) She acted in Sharmon MacDonald's play, "When I was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout," at the Whitehall Theatre in Whitehall, London, England with Colette O'Neill, Sharon Duce, and John Gordon Sinclair in the cast. Simon Stokes was director.


-   Dawn French. _Dear Fatty._ London: Century, 2008. ISBN 978-1846053443


-   Brit sitcom is usually good character observation and less gags. The Americans love the comedy to be high gag quota and slick.

-   Fawlty Towers was an enormous favorite. I once laughed so hard with my dad at this series that I actually wet my pants and then my dad wet his. We were in genuine physical pain with laughing. Lovely

-   I am not, I repeat, NOT a lesbian - even though I'd like to be one when I grow up.


-   (September 2007) Cornwall, England


-   "TV Times" (UK), 12 February 2011, pg. 14 - 15, by: Tim Randall, "A fun farewell"

-   "The Sunday Times" (UK), 28 September 2008, by: Chrissy Iley, "Dawn French: Not so funny"

-   "Radio Times" (UK), 25 March 2006, Vol. 328, Iss. 4277, pg. 16-19, by: E. Jane Dickson, "Dwan of a new age"

-   "The Times" (UK), 13 December 2005, by: Andrew Billen, "My father, Aslan the lion"

-   "TV Times" (UK), 19 October 2002, pg. 14-15, by: Tim Randall, "I can't go through life playing comedy vicars"

-   "TV Times" (UK), 22 December 1990, pg. 109, by: Garth Pearce, "Crackling Good Tale"


-   "Telegraph Magazine" (UK), 29 November 2008, pg. 122, by: Sophie Robinson (interview), "Flashback"

-   "The Sunday Times" (UK), 12 August 2007, by: Maurice Chittenden, "Dawn French moves to Cornwall to die"

-   "The Daily Express" (UK), 17 March 2004, pg. 19, by: Martin Stote, "Saved by the Vicar of Dibley."

-   "Correio da Manhã, TV" (Portugal), 27 November 1998, pg. 14-15, by: Sónia Dias, "Grande mulher"

-   "Radio Times" (UK), 8 June 1996, Vol. 289, Iss. 3776, pg. 9, "Spotlight: Dawn French"


-   "Radio Times" (UK), 11 December 2004, Vol. 323, Iss. 4212

-   "TV Times" (UK), 19 October 2002

-   "The Sunday Times" (UK), 24 September 2000

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