Dawn French has opened her about her life-changing weight loss, admitting she feels comfortable in her skin
Dawn French has undergone a dramatic transformation in the last few years, losing almost eight stone since 2017. Now the Vicar of Dibley actress has admitted her incredible life-changing weight loss has made her really “happy” with her life, both professionally and personally, after finding love again with charity worker Mark Bignell, who she married in 2013 following her divorce from husband of 25 years, Sir Lenny Henry, in 2010.
“Dawn is on the other end of the scale now – properly happy,” a friend of the actress and comedienne told Woman magazine. “She’s content in her marriage and work-wise she is making Glass Houses.” Dawn herself has previously admitted that “life is good”. She said: “I’m at a very happy part of my life now. I take vitamins, I exercise, I live in Cornwall – life is good in many ways and I think it shows.”
Dawn has lost almost eight stone
Dawn’s new figure was inspired by a hysterectomy she had back in 2014. She opened up about her weight loss during her 30 Million Minutes tour, telling the audience: “When I was due to have my hysterectomy the doctor told me that if I could lose some weight before the op, they would be able to do it via keyhole, and I would recover in three weeks or so. Otherwise it would be big open surgery, and three months to recover. So, I set about dropping a few stone.
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“No magic wand, just tiny, joyless low-cal eating and lots more walking for weeks and weeks. It was grim. I lost seven-and-a-half stone. I could have the keyhole surgery. Great. That’s all it was, practical.”
Dawn has been very open about her changing shape in the past, and previously admitted that she had a “great fondness for that other body”. Speaking to Woman magazine, the French and Saunders star said: “I knew it very well and I don’t know this one as well, not yet. I was never actually unhappy then, so it’s not the case that I was miserable and I’m happy now.”
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