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Dawn French Net Worth

Dawn Roma French net worth is
$10 Million

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Dawn French was born on 11th October 1957 in Holyhead, Wales, UK and is an actress and comedian, perhaps best known for the comedy series “French & Saunders” (1987 – 2007), in which she worked together with Jennifer Saunders. The two won the BAFTA Fellowship and Rose d’Or Light Entertainment Festival Award, moreover, French is the winner of British Comedy Award. Dawn has been active in the entertainment industry since 1981.

How much is the net worth of Dawn French? It has been reported by authoritative sources that the overall size of her wealth is equal to $10 million, as of the data presented in late 2017. Television, films and theatre are the major sources of French’s fortune.

Dawn French Net Worth $10 Million

To begin with, the girl was raised in Wales, but as her father served in Royal Air Force, the family moved from place to place, so the girl was educated at Caistor Grammar School, Spence School and the independent St. Dunstan’s Abbey School in Plymouth. Later, she graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama, where she met Jennifer Saunders, and both joined the collective which would become the leading cabaret of their generation.

Concerning her professional career, French started as a member of The Comic Strip, a merger of comedians which was a part of the alternative comedy scene in England in the early 1980s. In 1987, French and Jennifer Saunders launched the British TV comedy series “French & Saunders” (1987 – 2007), which clearly became extremely popular with the audience. Dawn French has since been involved in the charity project “Comic Relief”, which has also been the highlight of “Red Nose Day”. Together with Jennifer Saunders, she contributed almost every year with new sketches for the shows in England. She has also been represented in various music projects in this context, among others in a charity version of the Beatles “Help!”, French and Saunders as Lananeeneenoonoo sang together with the pop group Bananarama.

French also plays successfully in theatre, and is now and again seen in films. For example, she played the Fat Lady in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004). Her voice is also still known as a synchron spreader in series like “Watership Down” (2000). In 2005, the viewers could hear her voice in the original version of the film “The Chronicles of Narnia: The King of Narnia” in which she voiced Mrs. Beaver. In early 2006, Dawn French, together with Alison Moyet and June Watson, appeared in the black comedy “Smaller”, which had great success not only in the London Lyric Theatre, but also in other British cities. From 1994 to 2007, she played the title role in the British TV comedy sitcom “The Vicar of Dibley”, again to a large audience, then in 2008 she did something completely different and played the Duchess of Crackentorp in Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “La Fille du Regiment” at the Royal Opera House in London.

More recently, in 2016 Dawn worked as an executive producer of the film “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie”, in which she also appeared as the Interviewer. Since 2016, she is starring in the drama series “Delicious” in the role of Gina; more, she is the presenter of the talent show “Little Big Shots” (2017 – present).

Finally, in the personal life of the actress-comedian, in 1980s she met her future husband, stand-up comedian Lenny Henry, with whom she was married from 1984 until 2010 and adopted a daughter. In 2013, she married charity worker Mark Bignell; they are based in Fowey, Cornwall England.

Full NameDawn French
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 11, 1957
Place Of BirthHolyhead, Anglesey, Wales
Height5' (1.52 m)
ProfessionActress, Writer, Producer
EducationSt Dunstan's Abbey School (Plymouth College), Caistor Grammar School in Caistor, Spence School in New York, Central School of Speech and Drama
SpouseMark Bignell (m. 2013), Lenny Henry (m. 1984–2010)
ParentsDenys Vernon French, Felicity Roma French (née O'Brien)
SiblingsGary French
AwardsBAFTA Fellowship Award (2009), Golden Rose of Montreux award (2002, 2003), British Comedy Awards (1997), Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for TV (1991), Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival Award (2002)
AlbumsComic Strip (1981)
Music GroupsLananeeneenoonoo
NominationsNational Television AwardS for Most Popular Comedy Performance, Annie Award for Voice Acting (2009), BAFTA Awards,100 most powerful women (2013, Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4)
MoviesAbsolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016), Coraline (2009), David Copperfield (1999), Love and Other Disasters (2006), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Watership Down (2000)
TV ShowsFrench & Saunders (1987-2007), The Vicar of Dibley (1994-2007), The Paul O'Grady Show (2008), The Comic Strip Presents: Five Go Mad in Dorset (1982), The Wrong Mans (2013-2014), Little Big Shots (2017-present),
1I am not, I repeat, NOT a lesbian - even though I'd like to be one when I grow up.
2Fawlty 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
3Brit sitcom is usually good character observation and less gags. The Americans love the comedy to be high gag quota and slick.
1Husband Mark proposed to her during a gondola ride in Venice.
2In 2011 Dawn underwent a hysterectomy operation but not before losing almost 100lbs weight.
3She and her first husband, Lenny Henry, have a daughter, Billie Henry (b.1991 and adopted in infancy).
4When she was age 19, she lost her father (he took his own life).
5Former sister-in-law of Paul Henry.
6She originally studied to be a drama teacher.
7Was revealed that she and comedy partner Jennifer Saunders declined Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) honours "for services to comedy drama" in 2001. [December 2003]
8Has a deep and abiding interest in helping women of size find attractive clothing and, to that end, co-wrote two books on knitting -- "Big Knits" and "Great Big Knits" -- and founded a clothing store that carries fashionable and affordable designs.
9Longtime comedy partner of Jennifer Saunders, though each works on projects without the other.


Delicious2016TV Series post-productionGina
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie2016Interviewer
The Vicar of Dibley1994-2015TV SeriesGeraldine Granger Geraldine Kennedy
The Wrong Mans2013-2014TV SeriesLinda
Heading Out2013TV SeriesFrances
The Comic Strip Presents...1982-2012TV SeriesGeorge / Frances / Stella / ...
Roger & Val Have Just Got In2010-2012TV SeriesVal Stephenson / Val Stevenson
Psychoville2009-2011TV SeriesJoy Aston
Lark Rise to Candleford2008-2011TV SeriesCaroline Arless
Little Crackers2010TV SeriesHM The Queen Mother
Animals United2010Angie (English version, voice)
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey2010ShortThe Fat Lady
Clatterford2006-2009TV SeriesRosie Bales / Margaret
Coraline2009Miss Miriam Forcible Other Forcible (voice)
French & Saunders Still Alive2008Video
A Bucket o' French & Saunders2007TV SeriesVarious Characters / Various
La fille du régiment2007TV MovieDuchesse de Crakentorp
Little Britain2006TV SeriesVicki Pollard's Mum / Shelley Pollard
Love and Other Disasters2006Therapist
Agatha Christie's Marple2006TV SeriesJanet Erskine
French and Saunders1987-2005TV SeriesVarious Characters / Star / Lexie / ...
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe2005Mrs. Beaver (voice)
Arena2004TV Series documentaryNarrator
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban2004Fat Lady in Painting
Wild West2002-2004TV SeriesMary Trewednack / Mary
Bosom Pals2004TV MovieStella (voice)
Pongwiffy2002TV SeriesPongwiffy (voice)
Ted and Alice2002TV Mini-SeriesAlice Putkin
French & Saunders Live2000VideoVarious roles
Watership Down2000TV SeriesButtercup
Maybe Baby2000Charlene
David Copperfield1999TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Crupp
Let Them Eat Cake1999TV SeriesLisette
Murder Most Horrid1991-1999TV SeriesTiffany Drapes / Jill Tanner / Harriet Snellgrove / ...
Treasure Island1997VideoJim Hawkins (voice)
Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Not!1997VideoKathy
Sex & Chocolate1997TV MovieBev Bodger
Harry Enfield and Chums1997TV SeriesMrs. Goggins: 'Il Postino Pat' Sketch
I'd Like a Word with You1997Video
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Video GameBaker's Wife
Stanley Baxter in Reel Terms1996TV MovieVarious roles
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Baker's wife
Look at the State We're In!1995TV Mini-SeriesClerk
The Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller1994TV Series
French and Saunders Live1993VideoVarious roles
The Legends of Treasure Island1993TV SeriesJim Hawkins
Screen One1993TV SeriesElaine Dobbs
Jackanory1993TV SeriesReader
In Dreams1992TV MovieDriving Instructor
Absolutely Fabulous1992TV SeriesKathy
The Tale of Little Pig Robinson1990TV MoviePorcas
Hit and Run1990TV Series
The Jim Henson Hour1989TV SeriesBadsister 2
The Storyteller1988TV SeriesBadsister 2
Eat the Rich1987Debbie Draws
Girls on Top1985-1986TV SeriesAmanda Ripley
Lenny Henry Tonite1986TV Series
Happy Families1985TV SeriesCook
The Supergrass1985Andrea
The Lenny Henry Show1984-1985TV Series
The Young Ones1982-1984TV SeriesEaster Bunny / Woman with Horns in Commercial / Religious Woman
The Comic Strip1981TV ShortDawn
The Balance Sheet Barrier1977Video shortRita Scroggs


Absolutely FabulousTV Series idea - 35 episodes, 1992 - 2004 writer - 1 episode, 2012 original idea - 1 episode, 2002
Absolutely Fabulous: Sport Relief Special2012TV Movie idea
Roger & Val Have Just Got In2010-2012TV Series creator - 12 episodes
Little Crackers2010TV Series original story - 1 episode
French & Saunders Still Alive2008Video
A Bucket o' French & SaundersTV Series 1 episode, 2007 writer - 5 episodes, 2007
French and SaundersTV Series 1 episode, 1994 writer - 34 episodes, 1987 - 2005 written by - 4 episodes, 1987
Absolutely Fabulous: Comic Relief Special2005TV Movie original idea
Absolument fabuleux2001creator
French & Saunders Live2000Video
The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything1999TV Special
Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Not!1997Video original idea
French and Saunders Live1993Video
Comic Relief1991TV Special uncredited
Girls on TopTV Series 3 episodes, 1985 writer - 4 episodes, 1985 - 1986
Comic Relief1986/IITV Special documentary
The Comic Strip Presents...1983-1986TV Series written by - 2 episodes
An Evening for Nicaragua1983TV Special
The Comic Strip1981TV Short


Lark Rise to Candleford2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Clatterford2006-2008TV Series performer - 3 episodes
The Vicar of Dibley2000-2007TV Series performer - 2 episodes
French and Saunders1987-2004TV Series performer - 8 episodes
Comic Relief1997TV Special performer: "Who Do You Think You Are"
Girls on Top1985TV Series performer: "Girls on Top"


Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie2016executive producer
Roger & Val Have Just Got In2010-2012TV Series associate producer - 12 episodes


Loose Women2008-2015TV SeriesHerself
The One Show2008-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Graham Norton Show2007-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Planet's Got Talent2015TV SeriesHerself
This Morning2006-2012TV SeriesHerself / Various Characters
Skavlan2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Pride of Britain Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
Lorraine2012TV SeriesHerself
Superstar2012TV SeriesHerself - Chief Judge
Ben Elton: Laughing at the 80s2011TV Movie documentaryHerself / Various Characters
Michael Bublé: Home for Christmas2011TV MovieHerself
Catherine Tate: Laughing at the Noughties2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
Jennifer Saunders: Laughing at the 90s2011TV Movie documentaryHerself / Various Characters
50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments2011TV Movie documentaryHerself - The Fat Lady (uncredited)
Ruth Jones' Easter Treat2011TV MovieHerself
The Xtra Factor2010TV SeriesHerself
The 7PM Project2010TV SeriesHerself
Later... With Jools Holland2010TV SeriesHerself
Paul O'Grady Live2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Million Pound Bike Ride: A Sport Relief Special2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
Victoria Wood: Seen on TV2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
Coraline: The Making of 'Coraline'2009Video shortHerself
Coraline: U-Control Picture in Picture2009VideoHerself
Coraline: Voicing the Characters2009Video shortHerself
Alan Carr: Chatty Man2009TV SeriesHerself
Queens of British Pop2009TV SeriesHerself
The Paul O'Grady Show2005-2009TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest Host / Narrator
Comic Relief 20092009TV SpecialJulie Walters
Happy Hour2008TV SeriesHerself
More Dawn French's Boys Who Do Comedy2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Parkinson1999-2007TV SeriesHerself
The Vicar of Dibley's 40 Greatest Moments2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
The F Word2007TV Series documentaryHerself
A Taste of My Life2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Comic Relief 2007: The Big One2007TV SpecialHerself
Comic Relief Does Car Booty2007TV MovieHerself
Comic Relief Does Fame Academy2005-2007TV SeriesHerself
The Story of Dibley2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Dawn French's Boys Who Do Comedy2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Jools's Hootenanny2004-2006TV SeriesHerself
More Dawn French's Girls Who Do: Comedy2006TV Series documentaryHerself
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Creating Creatures2006Video documentaryHerself
Davina2006TV SeriesHerself
Dawn French's Girls Who Do: Comedy2006TV Series documentaryHerself
The Funny Blokes of British Comedy2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Foley & McColl: This Way Up2005TV ShortHerself (the Burglar)
'T4' in Narnia2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
GMTV2005TV SeriesHerself
The Comic Strip: A Retrospective2005VideoHerself
Blue Peter2005TV SeriesHerself
Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 052005TV SpecialHerself
Comic Aid2005TV MovieCatherine Zeta-Jones
Victoria Wood: A BAFTA Tribute2005TV MovieHerself (as French & Saunders)
Plastic Surgery Ruined My Wife2005TV MovieHerself
The Funny Ladies of British Comedy2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
The British Comedy Awards 20042004TV SpecialHerself - Pre-Recorded Footage
Chasing God2004DocumentaryNarrator
Dibley Defrocked2004Video documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
Britain's Cleverest Animal2003TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Sitcom Story2003TV Series documentaryHerself - Presenter
Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do2003TV SpecialHarry Potter / Herself
V Graham Norton2002TV SeriesHerself
The Sketch Show Story2001TV Series documentaryHerself
We Know Where You Live2001TV MovieHerself
The BAFTA TV Awards 20012001TV Special documentaryHerself
Happiness2001TV SeriesHerself
Kirsty: The Life and Songs of Kirsty MacColl2001TV Special documentaryHerself
Comic Relief Short Pants2001TV Special shortHerself
TFI Friday1996-2000TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Special Guest
Night of a Thousand Shows2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Priory2000TV SeriesHerself
The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything1999TV Special
The Comedy Trail: A Shaggy Dog Story1999TV Special shortHerself
Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
French and Saunders1994-1999TV SeriesHerself / Various roles
Comic Relief: The Record Breaker1999TV SpecialHerself - Host
Late Lunch1998TV SeriesHerself
Spice: The Official Video Volume 1 - One Hour of Girl Power!1997Video documentaryHerself
Light Lunch1997TV SeriesHerself
Comic Relief1997TV SpecialGeraldine Granger
Everyman1996TV Series documentaryHerself
Clive Anderson All Talk1996TV SeriesHerself
Comic Relief1995TV SpecialHerself / Dawn
Comic Relief: Behind the Nose1995TV SpecialHerself
Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes1993TV SpecialHerself
Amnesty International's Big 301991TV MovieHerself
Clive Anderson Talks Back1991TV Series
Comic Relief1991TV SpecialHerself / Sharon Theodopolopodous
Aspel & Company1991TV SeriesHerself
The Full Wax1991TV SeriesHerself
Lenny Henry: The Best of 'The Lenny Henry Show'1990Video documentarySpecial Guest
Good Morning Britain1990TV SeriesHerself
Hysteria 2!1989TV SpecialHerself
Juke Box Jury1989TV SeriesHerself - Panellist
The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball1989TV Movie documentaryHerself
A Night of Comic Relief 21989TV SpecialHerself
Scoff1988-1989TV SeriesHerself - Presenter
Hysteria! Hysteria! Hysteria!1988TV SpecialHerself
Live! From London1988TV SpecialHerself
The Great British Pop Machine1988TV MovieHerself - Presenter
An Audience with Victoria Wood1988TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member (uncredited)
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross1987TV SeriesHerself
Comedians Do It on Stage1986TV MovieHerself
Comic Relief1986/IITV Special documentaryHerself
Omnibus1986TV Series documentary
An Evening for Nicaragua1983TV SpecialHerself
The Entertainers1983TV SeriesHerself
Friday Night, Saturday Morning1982TV SeriesHerself
My Worst Job2016TV Mini-SeriesHerself - Narrator

Archive Footage

Won Awards

2009Academy FellowshipBAFTA AwardsBAFTA Television
2002Honorary RoseRose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival
1997British Comedy AwardBritish Comedy AwardsBest TV Comedy ActressThe Vicar of Dibley (1994)
1991Writers' Guild of Great Britain AwardWriters' Guild of Great BritainTV- Light EntertainmentFrench and Saunders (1987)

Nominated Awards

2011BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Female Performance in a Comedy RoleRoger & Val Have Just Got In (2010)
2011British Comedy AwardBritish Comedy AwardsBest TV Comedy ActressPsychoville (2009)
2010AnnieAnnie AwardsVoice Acting in a Feature ProductionCoraline (2009)
2009Astra AwardAstra AwardsFavourite International Personality or ActorJam & Jerusalem (2006)
2007BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Comedy PerformanceThe Vicar of Dibley (1994)
2003National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular Comedy PerformanceWild West (2002)
2002National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular Comedy PerformanceTed and Alice (2002)
2001BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Comedy PerformanceThe Vicar of Dibley (1994)
2000BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Comedy PerformanceThe Vicar of Dibley (1994)
2000National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular Comedy PerformerThe Vicar of Dibley (1994)
1999National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular Comedy PerformerThe Vicar of Dibley (1994)
1998BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Comedy PerformanceThe Vicar of Dibley (1994)
1998British Comedy AwardBritish Comedy AwardsBest TV Comedy ActressThe Vicar of Dibley (1994)
1998National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular Comedy PerformerThe Vicar of Dibley (1994)
1991BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceFrench and Saunders (1987)
1989BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceFrench and Saunders (1987)

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