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Dawn French

Dawn French

Dawn French (born 11 October 1957 in Holyhead, Wales) is a British comedian and actress, best known as one half of the comic duo French and Saunders, the other half being Jennifer Saunders of Absolutely Fabulous fame. Dawn was educated in Plymouth, and first came to public attention as a member of The Comic Strip, part of the alternative comedy scene in the early 1980s. It was here that Dawn met her now ex-husband, Lenny Henry. A successful television series French and Saunders followed in 1987. Her first post-Saunders project was Murder Most Horrid, a dark comedy satire of murder mysteries. Her most well known solo television role is Geraldine Granger in The Vicar of Dibley. Geraldine is the vicar of a small village, Dibley. The show was very topical when it was first aired, with women being ordained for the first time in the Church of England. Richard Curtis created this role specifically for Dawn.

Dawn has also had many other roles both on TV, film and theatre, including as the voice of Mrs Beaver in the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. She has also been nominated for several BAFTAs, and other awards.In 2009, Dawn, and Jennifer Saunders were awarded the BAFTA fellowship for their comedy work. in 2013, Dawn married again. She has one adopted daughter from her previous marriage.

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Potter Career

Potter Career

Dawn appeared as the Fat Lady in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Although, the Fat Lady appeared in the first movie, Dawn French was not cast in the role until the third, when the role becomes more significant. In the first movie, the role was played by Elizabeth Spriggs. This version of the Fat Lady appears very different from Dawn French’s interpretation. Dawn’s Fat Lady is humourous and more flamboyant. She also shows off her poor singing voice, perhaps inspired by the phrase, “the fat lady sings”. The portrait is also portayed in a different location in the third movie. When Chris Columbus confirmed Dawn’s casting, he said that,

“I think she’s incredibly funny and her Harry Potter spoof for Comic Relief was pretty amazing.”

Dawn’s husband at the time, Lenny Henry, was also in Prisoner of Azkaban, as the voice of the shrunken head, on the Knight Bus. The two of them did not film a scene together, and both of them only appeared in the third movie.

The role of the Fat Lady was not Dawn’s first role in the Potter world. Dawn played Harry himself in a spoof for Comic Relief, which she made with comedy partner, Jennifer Saunders (see tab below). Dawn’s role in the Harry Potter movie was announced just weeks after the spoof was aired on TV.

French and Saunders

French and Saunders

Dawn French is perhaps best known for her comedy work, with comedy partner, Jennifer Saunders. The two have worked together since 1977, when they met at college.  French and Saunders has been on and off the air since 1987, finishing in 2007.Dawn co wrote and starred in the hit TV show. The comedy duo spoof many celebrities and movies, including Harry Potter. The show also hosts a number of well known faces in guest roles.

Watch part one of French and Saunder’s Harry Potter spoof below:

Connect with Dawn

Connect with Dawn

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