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Jennifer Saunders is a Actor and Scriptwriter British born on 12 july 1958 at Sleaford (United-kingdom)

Jennifer Saunders

Jennifer Saunders
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Birth name Jennifer Jane Saunders
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 12 july 1958 (60 years) at Sleaford (United-kingdom)

Jennifer Jane Saunders (born 6 July 1958) is an English comedienne, screenwriter, actress and teacher. She has won three BAFTAs (including the BAFTA Fellowship), an International Emmy Award, a British Comedy Award, a Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival Award, two Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards, and a People's Choice Award.
She first found widespread attention in the 1980s when she became a member of the Comic Strip after graduating from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. With her comedy partner Dawn French, she wrote and starred in their eponymous sketch show, French and Saunders, for which she and French received a BAFTA fellowship in 2009. She received worldwide acclaim through the early to mid-1990s for writing and playing the lead role of Edina Monsoon in the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous.

She has guest-starred in the American sitcoms Roseanne and Friends, and won the American People's Choice Award for voicing the evil Fairy Godmother in DreamWorks' animated Shrek 2. In 2015 she voiced Queen Elizabeth II in the animated comedy film Minions.


Saunders married Adrian Edmondson on 11 May 1985 in Cheshire. They have three daughters: Eleanor "Ella" Rose (born 22 January 1986, Hammersmith, London), Beatrice "Beattie" Louise (born 19 June 1987, Kensington and Chelsea, London), and Freya Domenica (born 16 October 1990, Wandsworth, London).

Saunders currently owns a £1 million property with 5 acres (20,000 m) of land in Chagford, Devon, as well as a home in London. Edmondson and Saunders were estimated to be worth £11 million in 2002.

In July 2010, she revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2009. She is in remission following a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

On 27 August 2012, Saunders and Edmondson became grandparents when their daughter Ella gave birth to a boy, Fred. They became grandparents for the second time in February 2014 when Ella gave birth to another son, Albert Rafferty.

Saunders published her autobiography, Bonkers: My Life in Laughs, in October 2013.

She has volunteered for Dress for Success, a non-profit organisation which gives free clothes and advice about job interviews to women who are unemployed.

Since September 2014, Saunders has been a teacher at the SRB at The Hewett School in Norwich.

Best films

Coraline (2009)
Absolutely Fabulous (2001)

Usually with

Dawn French
Dawn French
(8 films)
Ade Edmondson
Ade Edmondson
(4 films)
Nigel Planer
Nigel Planer
(5 films)
Kathy Burke
Kathy Burke
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jennifer Saunders (17 films)

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Untitled Illumination film, 1h50
Directed by Garth Jennings
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Alexandra Maria Lara Claudia Paolina, Nick Offerman, Reese Witherspoon
Roles Nana (voice)
Rating70% 3.546353.546353.546353.546353.54635
A koala named Buster hires a black sheep who is also his best friend to help him run his business of theater.
Ab Fab: The Movie
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield, Jennifer Saunders, Jane Horrocks, Celia Imrie
Roles Edina Monsoon
Rating54% 2.7007352.7007352.7007352.7007352.700735
The ever glamourous and self-indulgent Patsy and Edina find themselves at the center of a media firestorm.
Stick Man
Stick Man (2016)
, 27minutes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Animation
Actors Russell Tovey, Martin Freeman, Jennifer Saunders, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Rob Brydon
Roles Narrator (voice)
Rating70% 3.5469153.5469153.5469153.5469153.546915
Monsieur Bout de Bois mène une existence paisible dans son arbre familial avec Madame Bout de Bois et leurs enfants. Un matin, il part pour son footing matinal. Il se fait attraper par un chien qui le prend pour un vulgaire bâton. Commence alors pour Monsieur Bout de Bois une série d’aventures qui l’entraîneront bien loin de chez lui.
Minions (2015)
, 1h31
Directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Comedy science fiction films, Heist films, Children's films
Actors Sandra Bullock, Steve Carell, Jon Hamm, Pierre Coffin, Michael Keaton, Chris Renaud
Roles Reine Elizabeth II (voice)
Rating63% 3.199993.199993.199993.199993.19999
Minions are small, yellow creatures who have existed since the beginning of time, evolving from single-celled organisms into beings who exist only to serve history's most villainous masters. They find great masters—including a T-Rex, a caveman, an Egyptian pharaoh, Dracula, and Napoleon,—but after accidentally killing nearly all of them with their incompetence, they decide to isolate themselves from the world and start a new life in Antarctica. By 1968, the lack of a master to serve drives them into depression, so Kevin, one fearless Minion, plans to find a new one for them by going back out into the world. Stuart—a bored, teenaged minion who is obsessed with guitars—joins him reluctantly, as does an over-enthusiastic Bob, whom Kevin only chooses because of no one else willing to volunteer.
The Hunt for Tony Blair, 49minutes
Directed by Peter Richardson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Noir
Actors Stephen Mangan, Catherine Shepherd, Robbie Coltrane, James Buckley, Ford Kiernan, Rik Mayall
Roles Lady Thatcher
Rating69% 3.4760253.4760253.4760253.4760253.476025
Using film noir low key lighting and unbalanced frame compositions, along with visual and narrative tropes whose sources include John Buchan's novels and Alfred Hitchcock's films, and Hollywood productions The Fugitive and Sunset Boulevard, the film imagines former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as a fugitive on the run from the police after having been accused of a series of murders. These include the killing of his former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, although he is also implicated in the death of his predecessor as Labour Party leader John Smith. Determined to clear his name, Blair escapes from 10 Downing Street; but he is a man with no friends willing to give him sanctuary, while a fervent media demands his capture. He is pursued across a fog-bound London by Inspector Hutton and his sergeant, who are helped in their investigation by Peter Mandelson and Gordon Brown. Blair is eventually aided by Margaret Thatcher, a Norma Desmond-like recluse (parodying the 1950 film, Sunset Boulevard), who promptly seduces him. But it gradually emerges that Blair may be innocent of the crime he is accused of committing.
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 April Spink (voice)
Rating76% 3.8482553.8482553.8482553.8482553.848255
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.
L'entente cordiale, 1h29
Directed by Vincent de Brus
Genres Comedy
Actors Christian Clavier, Daniel Auteuil, John Cleese, Jennifer Saunders, François Levantal, Shelley Conn
Roles Gwendoline McFarlane
Rating45% 2.274012.274012.274012.274012.27401
Un aristocrate propriétaire d'un manoir en ruines que ses proches veulent transformer en centre de thalassothérapie est rappelé dans une mission à Londres car un ancien espion soviétique reconverti en trafiquant d'armes a exigé qu'il représente la France dans l'achat d'une puce informatique dérobée aux Russes. Mais cette escapade va virer au cauchemar parce que le traducteur qui l'accompagne est un individu vulgaire.
Shrek 2
Shrek 2 (2004)
, 1h33
Directed by Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon, Andrew Adamson
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Films about cats, Films about dragons, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese
Roles Fairy Godmother (voice)
Rating71% 3.598393.598393.598393.598393.59839
Shrek and Fiona return from their honeymoon to find they have been invited by Fiona's parents to a royal ball to celebrate their marriage, an event Shrek is reluctant to participate in. Fiona talks him into it, and along with Donkey, they travel to the kingdom of Far Far Away. They meet Fiona's parents, King Harold and Queen Lillian, who are surprised to see their daughter as an ogre, with Harold particularly upset. At dinner, Shrek and Harold get into a heated argument over how Shrek and Fiona will raise their family, and Fiona, disgusted at Shrek's behavior, locks herself away in her room that evening. Shrek worries that he has lost his true love, particularly after finding her childhood diary and reading that she was once infatuated with Prince Charming.
Absolutely Fabulous, 1h45
Directed by Gabriel Aghion
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes Cooking films
Actors Josiane Balasko, Nathalie Baye, Marie Gillain, Vincent Elbaz, Claude Gensac, Yves Rénier
Roles Elle-même
Rating47% 2.3698752.3698752.3698752.3698752.369875
Patsy, who has a strong penchant for alcohol, especially for a famous brand of champagne, and Eddie, obsessed with her curves and perpetually electrified by cocaine it soothes by countless different sleeping pills, have once been set May 68 but already on the barricades they were at a place that was not really theirs. Today, both reached fifty, rabid feminists continue to say no to anything, they say, degrades the weaker sex: cooking, living alongside a man raising a child. But feminism May 68 and the "seventies" is no longer for them a vague nostalgia that is lost in their nebulous mind. Eddie ended up getting married and became the mother of a beautiful girl Bachelor ... then divorced but still lives off her ex-husband under the same roof, the only client of his last living "public relations," being a perpetually Chantal Goya tour ass. Patsy, she preferred to remain single and independent but spent his life living muse to countless men hook succeeding one after the other over the years, and both, real "fashion victims", today totally dissolute life completely "crazy" resolutely eccentric, to the discouragement of the family of Eddie. The life of Eddie and Patsy is only champagne at any time of day or night, invaded atmosphere of tobacco smoke joints, cocaine, luxury toilets ... and parasitism by attending fashion stars and the show. Eddie would lead Safrane, his daughter, in the tornado of his "values" in light years of work and family life. But this is still a virgin at 17 and prepares the Polytechnic entrance exam. The husband, played by Yves Renier, no longer supports permanent pranks, alcoholism, grotesque and pathological irresponsibility of his ex-wife who also literally invades the house.
Spice World, 1h29
Directed by Bob Spiers
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical
Themes Films about films, Feminist films, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Mel B, Richard E. Grant, Emma Bunton, Claire Rushbrook, Roger Moore, Melanie C
Roles Fashionable Woman
Rating34% 1.705531.705531.705531.705531.70553
The film begins with the Spice Girls performing "Too Much" on Top of the Pops, but they later become dissatisfied with the burdens of it. Meanwhile, sinister newspaper owner Kevin McMaxford (Barry Humphries) is attempting to ruin the girls' reputation for his newspaper's ratings. McMaxford dispatches photographer Damien (Richard O'Brien) to take pictures and tape recordings of the girls. Less threatening but more annoying is documentarian Piers Cuthbertson-Smyth (Alan Cumming), who stalks the girls along with his camera crew, hoping to use them as subjects for his next project. At the same time, the girls' manager, Clifford (Richard E. Grant), is fending off two over-eager Hollywood writers, named Martin Barnfield and Graydon (George Wendt and Mark McKinney), who relentlessly pitch absurd plot ideas for a feature film for the Spice Girls.
Muppet Treasure Island, 1h36
Directed by Brian Henson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Musical
Themes Films about films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films, Musical films, Films about disabilities, Children's films
Actors Tim Curry, Billy Connolly, Kevin Bishop, Jennifer Saunders, Steve Whitmire, Frank Oz
Roles Mrs. Bluveridge
Rating69% 3.4972453.4972453.4972453.4972453.497245
Jim Hawkins is a young orphan who lives in the Admiral Benbow in England with his friends Gonzo and Rizzo. Jim listens to the tales of Billy Bones, who tells of his former captain, Captain Flint, who buried his treasure trove on a remote island and executed all of his crew so only he would own the island’s map. One night, one of Bones’ fellow crewmates Blind Pew arrives, giving Bones the black spot. Bones dies of a heart attack, but gives Jim the treasure map beforehand. An army of pirates attack the inn, destroying it, but the boys escape with the map.
In the Bleak Midwinter, 1h39
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy
Themes Films about families, Christmas films, Théâtre, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare, Films about royalty
Actors Richard Briers, Joan Collins, Nicholas Farrell, Julia Sawalha, Celia Imrie, Gerard Horan
Roles Nancy
Rating72% 3.6464353.6464353.6464353.6464353.646435
The story is set in Hope, Derbyshire, England. It's Christmastime, and 'tis the season to put on Shakespeare's most cheery seasonal play: Hamlet. Joe Harper takes the project on as a Final Stand of sorts under the encouragement of his catty agent, advertising in the local newspaper for actors at a low price. From the rabble of actors both strange and untalented, he chooses the following:
South Atlantic Raiders
Directed by Peter Richardson
Actors Nigel Planer, Ade Edmondson, Peter Richardson, Dawn French, Robbie Coltrane, Jennifer Saunders
Rating70% 3.515473.515473.515473.515473.51547
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 Monica
Rating88% 4.4078954.4078954.4078954.4078954.407895
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.