Dawn French

Dawn Roma French (born 11 October 1957) is a British actress, writer, comedian, and presenter. French is best known for starring in and writing for the BBC comedy sketch show French and Saunders with her best friend and comedy partner, Jennifer Saunders, and for playing the lead role as Geraldine Granger in the BBC sitcom The Vicar of Dibley. She has been nominated for seven BAFTA TV Awards and won a BAFTA Fellowship with Saunders in 2009.

Books in order of publication:


  • A Tiny Bit Marvellous (Penguin, 2010)
  • Oh Dear Silvia (Penguin, 2012)
  • According to Yes (Penguin, 2015)
  • Because of You (Penguin 2020)


  • Dear Fatty (Arrow, 2007)
  • Me. You. A Diary (Penguin, 2017)


  • Girls on Top (with Jennifer Saunders and Ruby Wax) (Harper-Collins, 1986)
  • A Feast of French and Saunders (with Jennifer Saunders) (Mandarin, 1992)


  • Big Knits: Bold, Beautiful, Designer Knitwear (with Sylvie Soudan) (Ebury, 1990)
  • Great Big Knits: Over Twenty Designer Patterns (with Sylvie Soudan) (Trafalgar Square, 1993)
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