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Dawn French is a Actor and Writer British born on 11 october 1957

Dawn French

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Birth name Dawn Roma French
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 11 october 1957 (61 years)

Dawn Roma French (born 11 October 1957) is an English actress, writer, and comedian, best known for starring in and writing for the comedy sketch show French and Saunders with comedy partner Jennifer Saunders and for playing the lead role as Geraldine Granger in the sitcom The Vicar of Dibley. French has been nominated for seven BAFTA Awards and also won a Fellowship BAFTA with Jennifer Saunders.


French met Lenny Henry on the alternative comedy circuit. The couple married on 20 October 1984 in Covent Garden, London. They adopted a daughter, Billie. French has stated that Billie has always known that she was adopted, but once took out an injunction when a biographer came close to revealing the identity of Billie's biological mother. When faced with a question about how she and Henry would feel if Billie wanted to find out about her birth mother, French commented, "Whatever she wants to do when she's 18, we'll support her. What I do worry about is anyone else making the decision for her."

The couple owned property in Fowey, Cornwall. The £2.3-million mansion with 40 rooms overlooks Readymoney Cove and neighbouring Poldridmouth Cove, known as smugglers' cove. The grade II-listed building dates back to the 19th century.

French is a supporter of the Labour Party.

On 6 April 2010, French and Henry announced they were separating after 25 years of marriage. It was reported that the separation was amicable. They had decided to separate in October the previous year but left it until then as they were still in discussion over the separation. Their divorce was finalised in 2010.

French began dating charity worker Mark Bignell in 2011. On 22 April 2013 it was reported that they had just married.

In September 2014 French was named as the new Chancellor of Falmouth University.

Best films

Coraline (2009)
Absolutely Fabulous (2001)
Animals United (2010)

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Filmography of Dawn French (17 films)

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield, Jennifer Saunders, Jane Horrocks, Celia Imrie
Roles Interviewer
Rating54% 2.701322.701322.701322.701322.70132
The ever glamourous and self-indulgent Patsy and Edina find themselves at the center of a media firestorm.
Animals United, 1h33
Origin German
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about lions, Films about birds, Mise en scène d'une tortue, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Suricate, Reptile
Actors Stephen Fry, Jim Broadbent, James Corden, Thomas Fritsch, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Donovan
Roles Angie
Rating48% 2.4119952.4119952.4119952.4119952.411995
The film is set in Africa's Okavango Delta, and the main characters are a meerkat named Billy and a lion named Socrates. The annual flood has failed to arrive in the Delta, water has become scarce and the native animals fiercely fight over it. Billy and Socrates set out to find more water, and during their quest they meet a rag-tag group of animals from across the world: a polar bear named Sushi, a kangaroo named Toby, a Tasmanian devil named Smiley, two Galápagos tortoises named Winifred and Winston, a rooster named Charles, and a chimpanzee named Toto, all of whom have had their lives ruined by humans in some way and have travelled to Africa. The animals soon discover the reason for the lack of water in the Delta: a dam has been constructed to supply energy for a luxury resort owned by a man named Mr. Smith. Hunter, a poacher, kidnaps Socrates, while the other animals escape. The animals hold a conference where Winifred and Winston explain the deadly future that could be possible for animals. After the conference, however, Winifred and Winston pass away. That day, Billy and the other animals travel through the "Valley of Death" towards the dam. Hunter spots the animals and tries to stop them with a bi-plane, but is stopped by Toto. Maya, Mr. Smith's daughter, frees Socrates from his cage, and sends Hunter down a chute. Down at the bottom of the dam, the buffaloes and rhinos, including Chino and Biggie, charge into the dam. Billy hits a rock into a chute in the dam, which ignites a missile from Hunter's bi-plane, which destroys the dam, and frees the water. To celebrate the water coming back, they have a party. After the party, the animals travel to New York City, where the movie ends with the animals walking through the city with whales calling in the background.
Coraline (2009)
, 1h40
Directed by Henry Selick
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Fantasy, Horror, Animation
Themes Ghost films, Children's films
Actors Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, John Hodgman, Ian McShane
Roles Miriam Forcible (voice)
Rating76% 3.848163.848163.848163.848163.84816
Hands made of needles re-make a doll to resemble an 11-year-old Coraline Jones. A little later, Coraline and her family move from Pontiac, Michigan to the Pink Palace Apartments in Bandon, Oregon, which is also occupied by retired actresses Ms. Spink and Forcible, and eccentric Russian acrobat Mr. Bobinsky, who claims to be training a mouse circus. Coraline's parents work for a garden catalog and are often too busy to pay attention to her.
Love and Other Disasters, 1h30
Directed by Alek Keshishian
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Brittany Murphy, Santiago Cabrera, Matthew Rhys, Catherine Tate, Stephanie Beacham, Elliot Cowan
Roles Therapist
Rating61% 3.098113.098113.098113.098113.09811
Emily "Jacks" Jackson, who spent her childhood in America, now lives and works in London, at British Vogue, and shares an apartment with her gay friend Peter Simon, a screenwriter. Afraid to be disappointed by a serious relationship, Jacks prefers to spend her free time with her friends and sleep with her ex-boyfriend, James, whom she doesn't love. Peter, who has never been in a relationship, spends too much time in his dreams and as a result cannot fall in love with a real person. It gets more complicated with the entrance of Paolo, a photography assistant for one of the photographers at Vogue. As the film develops, they come to realize their mistakes and eventually reach their happy endings.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 2h23
Directed by Andrew Adamson
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Christmas films, Films about religion, Films about lions, Witches in film, Political films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Santa Claus in film
Actors William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton
Roles Mrs. Beaver
Rating69% 3.450853.450853.450853.450853.45085
In the London suburb of Finchley, the Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, are endangered by a Second World War attack of German bombers. They are then evacuated to the country home of Professor Digory Kirke, who is not accustomed to having children in his house, as Mrs Macready, the strict housekeeper, explains.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 2h22
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Fantastic, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about education, Films about children, Films about magic and magicians, Time travel films, Wolves in film, Harry Potter, Ghost films, Werewolves in film, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths
Roles The Fat Lady
Rating78% 3.9499653.9499653.9499653.9499653.949965
Harry Potter, now aged 13, has been spending another dissatisfying summer at Privet Drive. When Uncle Vernon's sister, Marge, insults Harry's parents, he becomes angry and accidentally causes her to inflate and float away. Harry flees with his luggage, fed up with his life with the Dursleys. The Knight Bus delivers Harry to the Leaky Cauldron, where he is forgiven by Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge for using magic outside of Hogwarts. After reuniting with his best friends Ron and Hermione, Harry learns that Sirius Black, a convicted supporter of the dark wizard Voldemort, who murdered Harry's parents, has escaped Azkaban prison, intending to kill Harry.
Maybe Baby
Maybe Baby (2000)
, 1h44
Directed by Hugh Laurie, Ben Elton
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Hugh Laurie, Joely Richardson, Matthew Macfadyen, Adrian Lester, Joanna Lumley, Emma Thompson
Roles Charlene
Rating56% 2.849982.849982.849982.849982.84998
Sam Bell (Laurie) and wife Lucy (Richardson) are a married couple struggling for a baby, having tried everything they can think of to improve their chances of conceiving. At the same time, Sam begins to find his job (as a commissioning editor of drama at the BBC) increasingly unfulfilling. While he resolves to write his own screenplay, he begins to suffer writer's block. The idea dawns upon him to write about his own predicament, something to which Lucy objects strongly. He uses her diary entries to help him achieve authenticity, and the film is a success. Lucy finds out about the film and, shocked, leaves Sam. Eventually they reconcile and at the end of the story are still trying for a baby.
David Copperfield
Directed by Simon Curtis
Genres Drama
Themes Films about children
Actors Ciarán McMenamin, Emilia Fox, Maggie Smith, Daniel Radcliffe, Pauline Quirke, Michael Elphick
Roles Mrs. Cupp
Rating77% 3.894953.894953.894953.894953.89495
Angleterre, XIX siècle. David Copperfield est venu au monde après la mort de son père. Sa mère décide de se remarier à Murdstone, un homme vil et cruel. De nouveau enceinte, celle-ci décède en couches laissant David seul face à son beau-père qui le persécute et l'envoie travailler dans un entrepôt. Le petit garçon est mis en pension chez la famille Micawber dont il se fera des amis. Mais quand ceux-ci quittent Londres, il décide de partir pour Douvres, seul endroit où il lui reste un membre de sa famille, sa tante Betsey Trotwood. Murdstone est averti de la fuite du jeune Copperfield et tente de le récupérer auprès de Mrs. Trotwood mais elle décidera de le garder et de l'élever. Reprenant ses études, il va alors loger chez Mr. Wickfield qui a une fille, Agnès, amoureuse de David.
The Adventures of Pinocchio, 1h36
Directed by Steve Barron
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Animation
Themes Films about children, Jeu, Films about magic and magicians, Prison films, Adaptations de Pinocchio, Films about toys, Children's films
Actors Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Martin Landau, Geneviève Bujold, Udo Kier, Bebe Neuwirth, Rob Schneider
Roles Baker's Wife
Rating52% 2.649852.649852.649852.649852.64985
Mister Geppetto (Martin Landau) is an earnest woodcutter. Years ago, he carved the image of his heart into a pine tree for his secret love Leona (Geneviève Bujold), but lightning hit the pine tree. A few years later, Geppetto finds the pine tree again, but it splits in half and rolls down the bank, landing at his feet. Geppetto is intrigued upon his discovery and takes the log home. He discovers that the pine log refuses to be burned, and so he decides to carve the new puppet with it. His puppet named Pinocchio (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) is soon mysteriously animated by a somewhat sentient force after his creation. Pinocchio approaches the woodcutter, initially alarming him. After a chase throughout the town, Geppetto finally finds Pinocchio and starts teaching him about how to behave. While wandering through town, Pinocchio becomes involved with two thieves Volpe and Felinet (Rob Schneider and Bebe Neuwirth) who attempt to flatter Pinocchio. Geppetto comes to the rescue by getting Pinocchio away from Volpe and Felinet and warns Pinocchio to mix with the right people. Volpe and Felinet go to the puppet master Lorenzini (Udo Kier) who owns a luxurious puppet theatre. Felinet tells him about Pinocchio, and Lorenzini appears interested, so he visits Geppetto that afternoon to barter for Pinocchio. However, although Pinocchio is somewhat taken to Lorenzini, Geppetto refuses to sell Pinocchio and instead sells some of his own marionettes.
South Atlantic Raiders
Directed by Peter Richardson
Actors Nigel Planer, Ade Edmondson, Peter Richardson, Dawn French, Robbie Coltrane, Jennifer Saunders
Rating70% 3.5148053.5148053.5148053.5148053.514805
The story revolves around Stan (Planer), a lonely and not-very-intelligent Midlands security van driver and ham radio enthusiast who strikes up a long distance romance with Frances (French), an ornithologist on expedition to the Falklands with Kathy (Saunders), a lazier woman she detests immensely. One night while trying to contact her, Stan hears the sounds of a violent altercation and becomes convinced that the island is under attack and that Frances' life is in danger.
Mr Jolly Lives Next Door
Directed by Stephen Frears
Genres Comedy
Actors Peter Cook, Ade Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Peter Richardson, Nicholas Parsons, Thomas Wheatley
Roles Mrs Cooper
Rating88% 4.4041354.4041354.4041354.4041354.404135
It features Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson as the (unnamed) proprietors of an escort agency, Dreamytime Escorts. Mayall's character is devious, low-minded, calculating and stupid; Edmondson's merely very stupid.
Eat the Rich, 1h30
Directed by Peter Richardson
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors Kevin Allen, Ronald Allen, Kathy Burke, Robbie Coltrane, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Planer
Roles Debbie Draws
Rating61% 3.0509353.0509353.0509353.0509353.050935
The film begins in a high-class London restaurant named 'Bastards', staffed by the protagonist, waiter Alex (Alan Pellay). Alex is subject to the daily contempt and disgust of the upper-class customers, and is eventually fired for being obnoxious and rude to the clientele. After witnessing an act of terrorism on an embassy, he robs a benefits office and goes on the run with his new friend.
The Supergrass, 1h47
Directed by Peter Richardson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Ade Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, Keith Allen, Peter Richardson, Nigel Planer, Alexei Sayle
Rating64% 3.2475453.2475453.2475453.2475453.247545
After returning from a holiday in the West Country, Dennis Carter (Adrian Edmondson) tries to impress a girl by untruthfully boasts of being a drug smuggler. The girl is unimpressed however, he is overheard by the police, who persuade him to become a supergrass and inform on his associates.