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French and Saunders FANS
- French and Saunders Fans
- Me, Myself, and I
- This a fan club for the great talents of Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders
Date of Birth
12 July 1958, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Jennifer Jane Saunders
5' 5½" (1.66 m)
Date of Birth
11 October 1957, Holyhead, Wales, UK
5' (1.52 m)
Two of Britain's funniest women, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders met and became friends when they were studying at Central School of Speech and Drama in London. The two discovered that they made a great pair, both were equally adept at writing and performing comedy. Their 20-plus year partnership led to Absolutely Fabulous, the Vicar of Dibley and much more ... but before all of that, there was French & Saunders.
This comic duo put together a sketch comedy show for BBC television, starting in the late 80's and running for many, many years, counting the subsequent specials which keep on being produced and (BBC willing) will do so for a long time. The result stands as one of the funniest things ever to grace the tube on either side of the Atlantic.
Status: Ended Premiered: October 23, 1985 Last Aired: December 11, 1986
Show Category: Comedy
The theme song was written by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze. The cast sang the theme during the 1st series, Glenn sang for the 2nd. The script editor was Ben Elton. The series was developed by Witzend Productions which is run by Allan McKeown, Tracey Ullman's husband. Ed Bye is Ruby Wax's husband.
Tracey Ullman - Candice Valentine (1985)
Ruby Wax - Shelley DuPont
Jennifer Saunders - Jennifer Marsh
Dawn French - Amanda Ripley
Joan Greenwood - Lady Chloe Carlton
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Dawn French was born on October 11 1957 in Holyhead, Wales. She speaks fondly of her family and childhood, "Everything my parents did, they did with such love and such care.... It was my father who taught me to value myself", she says proudly."He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life."
When she was 11 Dawn went to a weekly boarding school in Plymouth, partly funded by the RAF in which her father served. Dawn has since said that she never fitted in with any of her school friends, who were all from wealthy, upper-class families. Nevertheless she won a debating scholarship to study in New York after leaving school and then went on to train to be a drama teacher at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, where she met Jennifer Saunders.
This led onto one of the most successful partnerships in British comedy today; French and Saunders.
Although the majority of Dawn French’s career in television comedy has been alongside Jennifer Saunders, at the beginning of the 1990’s they began to also branch off and work on individual projects. Jennifer created and starred in the critically acclaimed sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, while Dawn was offered the lead in comedy drama series Murder Most Horrid, and later the hit comedy by Richard Curtis; The Vicar of Dibley. Aside from these, Dawn has worked on a variety of advertising campaigns and is currently the face of television adverts for Terry’s Chocolate Orange. She features on a number of spoken word audio cassettes reading children’s stories, notably for Mick Inkpen’s Kipper series.
She has made guest appearances on a number of talk shows as an individual performer, from Late Lunch and TFI Friday to Parkinson, and cameoed in a variety of programmes from Harry Enfield and Chums, to Lenny’s Amazon Adventure.
She presented two series of programmes for Channel 4 - Swank (1987) and Scoff (198 , which respectively looked at various aspects of the fashion and food industry.
Dawn has been interested in promoting the issue of Big Being Beautiful and has produced two knitting pattern books; Big Knits, and Great Big Knits with designer Sylvie Soudan. She now has a significant role in the managing of her fashion business for ‘big girls’, Sixteen47, and their designer range French and Teague.
She has starred in a few BBC Screen One dramas; Tender Loving Care (1993) in which she featured as a psychiatric nurse prone to knocking off the awkward patients; and Sex and Chocolate (1997),where she played a bored housewife tempted to rekindle her relationship with an old flame.
Dawn lives with her husband Lenny Henry and their daughter in Berkshire.
Despite their obvious fame and fortune, Dawn and her family try to live a normal, stable life. 'Instead of going to the opening of the new Power Rangers Movie, we pay our £3, go to the cinema locally, buy a pizza afterwards and have a nice time together as a family. There's really no contest.'
While she was first going out with Lenny, his mum tested Dawn by piling jamaican food on her plate. 'If I could get through it, then I was in the family' Dawn recalls. They were engaged in 1983 and married a year later.
Dawn and Lenny share an off-the-wall sense of humour, commitment to their work, self confidence and a high respect for each other
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Jennifer Saunders was born July 12th 1958 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, UK. She attended Central School of Speech and Drama where she met her comedy partner Dawn French. Like many of the early 80s groundbreaking "alternative" comedians she began her career as comedienne/actress/writer with Dawn French at "The Comedy Store" in London, where she met fellow comedians Adrian Edmondson (later her husband), Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Alexei Sayle and Peter Richardson, who later opened his own club, "The Comic Strip", where these comedians quickly formed a regular format.
The Comic Strip team were transferred to television screens with great success as they all starred alongside each other in "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982). After The Comic Strip she starred in a few episodes of "The Young Ones" (1982), "Girls on Top" (1985) and "Happy Families" (1985). Afterwards she and Dawn French wrote a TV show of their own, "French and Saunders" (1987), which was an immense success due to the double acts genius writing, brilliant acting performances and hilarious spoofs of world famous blockbusters and bands.
It was in one of the episodes of "French and Saunders" that the audience had the pleasure of watching a sketch about an uptight daughter and a crazy, neurotic mother that became a comedy classic sitcom. When the BBC next asked Saunders to write something, she just couldn't come up with any ideas, so she decided to expand on that sketch, making it more outrageous and therefore funnier - "Absolutely Fabulous" (1992) was born.
Perhaps by coincidence Saunders had created one of the most loved, funny, and creative TV Shows in BBC history. Three series were made, in 1995 the show was put on hold until Saunders began writing again and came back with a fourth series in 2001. She is always ready for charity as well, she has been doing "Comic Relief" with a lot of her comedy companions ever since 1986. Jennifer Saunders, one of the most loved TV faces in Britain, will hit the screens with her fifth series of Absolutely Fabulous in 2003.
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