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Live webchat with Dawn French

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rebeccamumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 01-Nov-10 09:06:57

We are thrilled to announce that comedian, writer and actor Dawn French will be joining us here at the Towers on Wednesday 3 November, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm for a live webchat.
Dawn has appeared in some of the country's most long-running, fave shows including French and Saunders, The Comic Strip Presents?, Vicar of Dibley and most recently, Roger and Val Have Just Got In.
On top of her screen achievements, Dawn's memoir, Dear Fatty, topped the best-selling charts and now her first novel, A Tiny Bit Marvellous, is out and it's more than a tiny bit marvellous that she's joining us for a webchat. Hope you can too, but if you're unable to make it on Wednesday, post your questions here.

SirBoobAlot Mon 01-Nov-10 17:56:36

Hi Dawn.

Firstly can I say I love you I think you're a fantastic actress, and a wonderful writer (Dear Fatty had me in tears and howling with laughter... Sometimes both at once [blush}) and I think you look fantastic <glares at PP>

Would you be honoured to know that I dressed up as you for New Years fancy dress one time? No? Ah well... Be impressed I managed to blow balloons that big at least grin

My question: You know the scene in the Vicar Of Dibley, where Gerry looks after baby Geraldine, (here for those of you who haven't seen) - was this inspired by the reality of how crazy the transition into motherhood was for you? I found it hilarious pre-baby... And then when DS was here, all of a sudden it made complete sense grin

scaleymcnamechange Mon 01-Nov-10 17:59:06

Hello Dawn

Do you find it embarrassing when people go all funny about meeting you because you are a sleb? Would you prefer they treated you like a normal person, or do you enjoy the simpering?

aristocat Mon 01-Nov-10 18:15:33

hello Dawn

another admirer here and an easy question - what is your favourite colour please?
mine is green ATM

thank you smile

nelix2000 Mon 01-Nov-10 18:43:35

Hi Dawn, I am a writer, not a great fact a very very novice one!

Do you ever see yourself putting pen to paper in the name of fiction(to remain book bound and not televised)?

You would be fabulous at it...and of course if you need a co-writer.......grin

HecateQueenOfWitches Mon 01-Nov-10 19:09:47

grin You bunch of kiss arses!

I'm a little bit in love with you Dawn

How do you feel about the fact that what matters most about a woman is her appearance but what matters most about a man is his ability? Do you challenge this?

storminateacup10 Mon 01-Nov-10 19:40:34

Hello dawn :-)

Your French and Saunders at the Movies was the funniest thing I have ever seen- any plans to do some more of the same one day?

You and Jennifer work so bloody well together.

Thanks x

pinkyredrose Mon 01-Nov-10 19:46:21

Hi Dawn!!

Wow, how fabulous that you're here, I absolutely love your work! I watched the final Christmas special of Dibley again only on Saturday night and was in stitches!

I think I remember you saying in an interview yrs ago that your best friend was called Geraldine,(forgive me if I'm wrong) did you name your character in Dibley after her?

Oh and which was your favourite episode of Murder Most Horrid to record?

Ok that's two questions!

stigofthedump Mon 01-Nov-10 20:03:06

Hello Dawn, what's your favourite bodily noise?

scrappydappydoo Mon 01-Nov-10 20:20:10

Hi Dawn,

Having been famous for awhile what do you think of the current celeb culture? Has it changed much over the years? Do you get frustrated with people being more interested with your personal life than your professional life?

(sorry I know thats 3 questions but they're all linked)

loulou77 Mon 01-Nov-10 20:47:11

Hello Dawn (feels a bit wrong being on first name terms with someone I have never met, I would ask you if that bugs you or if you are used to it, but I don't want to waste my question!)

Firstly I wanted to add my voice to those who've already raved about Roger and Val...(the unglamourous row grin)...fantastic.

My question - what's the joke you would have loved to have told at the end of a Vicar Of Dibley episode but never got the chance to?

Yours in admiration


dietstartstmoz Mon 01-Nov-10 20:49:26

Hi Dawn
another one completely star struck here.

Q1-How do you get your hair so glossy?
Q2-Any tips for coping with a very difficult 3 yr old?
Q3-What's your favourite biscuit and do you dunk?

NonnoMum Mon 01-Nov-10 21:10:47

Hello Ms French (or may I call you Dawn, or even Your Majesty?)

Don't know if these are Qs really but

- thank you for mentioning your and your DH's battle with infertility -

- and thank you for being such a good example of an adoptive mother...

loved the bit in "Dear Fatty" where you mentioned how angry you got on an Athletics Meet where the officials made some reference to you rather than your dd.

Cos, as we all know, sometimes it's all about our kids and not about us, no matter how fabulous we are!

Good luck to you and your (newly restructured family). And thank you for keeping all the gory details out of the press...

As you were...

NonnoMum Mon 01-Nov-10 21:12:44

Oops - might have overdone it on the number of questions.

Or have I?

LBsmum Mon 01-Nov-10 21:33:37

Hello Dawn

Really enjoyed 'Roger and Val', on at the same time as re-runs of the first 'Getting On', both brilliant female led comedy/dramas - more of that type of thing please.

Just wanted to know if you have ever been a Mumsnetter yourself ? ( am I allowed to ask that ??, if not then please feel free to lie)

ruddynorah Mon 01-Nov-10 21:34:25

oooh grin

yes i too loved roger and val. and psychoville. you are a very clever lady. what do you have lined up for the coming year?

AmpleBosom Mon 01-Nov-10 22:18:21

Hi Dawn,

just wanted to say i came to watch you and Alison Moyet in the play Smaller at Manchester <You probably remember me i was on the front row grin > and i thought it was amazing.

My question is who makes you laugh?

Oh and if you want my mumsnet name i'll let you have it, i think it would suit you wink

rubyslippers Mon 01-Nov-10 23:18:26


Dear Fatty was a wonderful book

You are raising a daughter - how are you bringing her up to love herself and feel good about being a woman?

One of things I like about you, is how comfortable you seem within your self and your skin and that is great IMO

I too would like to know how you get your hair so glossy smile

Cammelia Tue 02-Nov-10 00:02:00

Dawn, I just want to say I love you grin

HobbitMama Tue 02-Nov-10 02:43:39

Can i just second all of the above there - apart from pp's obviously very silly comment - <another glare from me, pp>

I too would love to know how you look so wonderful all the time! Being on the larger side of short myself, I've been through some pretty rough patches of self esteem over the years, not helped much by a mother who CONSTANTLY goes on about losing weight (even whilst I'm currently about to have DC4 taken out via the sunroof in a month!)

How do you manage to rise above all the nasty, snidey comments?

Dear Fatty was brilliant - as was R & V - what are you up to next? Ooh, and what's your favourite book?(Hoping that no-one notices the sneaky extra two questions there!) grin

And can I also say how much I admired the dignitas displayed in your recent life explosion - I'm v sorry for you both, but think you've both behaved in an admirable manner, and hope that things are better, or at least getting there - sorry to get personal, and I hope the media weren't too troublesome for you.

oh, and any time you're in Eastbourne, and bored, do feel free to pop 'round... 'cause we all know how likely THAT'S going to be!! hmm

Lots of love forever

HobbitMama Tue 02-Nov-10 02:47:05

oh, and you taught at my old school Parli Hill - I only went there for a couple of years, but they still talked proudly about you being their drama teacher! (Couldn't have been that long afterwards!)

Do you remember a Ms Melling, a music teacher? She looked (and acted) very much like my mum, which was very disconcerting at the time!!!

LoveBeingAMardyBum Tue 02-Nov-10 06:04:32

Oh there are so many things I want to say but don't actually have a question ready blush but anyway love you, love roger and val, and if you want any more gushing just say.

Oh guess I can ask is there going to be anymore roger and val? A christmas one would no doubt be jolly good x x x

IvaNighSpare Tue 02-Nov-10 07:07:11

Dear Dawn,
You are a fab lady and an inspiration to many.
I currently live at RAF Akrotiri where you spent some of your childhood years and I am involved in a number of fund-raising committees for various Forces and local welfare charities.
Please, please, please, PLEASE can you come back to Akrotiri for a visit and maybe add some enormous impact to our causes? I know that you would be received incredibly warmly and gratefully.
I'll be your bestest friend for life, and promise not to stalk you.
Thank you x

PS This is a serious request and if you're genuinely interested can please you get 'your people' to contact me through Mumsnet?

AddictedtoCrunchies Tue 02-Nov-10 08:50:03


I want to know about the scene in Dibley when you were jumping in the puddles whether you did the 'deep' one in one take? And how did you not laugh..because I can still snigger now when I think of it.

It's in my top three quality comedy moments of all time (with Basil Fawlty and the 'wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plain' and the chandelier in Fools and Horses).

I heart you v much.

Love Addicted

PS. Did you get Take That tickets??

HoorahHilda Tue 02-Nov-10 09:54:29

Oh that puddle scene .. best ever !!, good question Addicted

fridascruffs Tue 02-Nov-10 09:58:06

Dawn for President. Or, you know, queen.

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