Actors, comedians Dawn French and Lenny Henry announce split

Posted Apr 7, 2010 by Andrew John
Popular British comedians, writers and actors Dawn French and Lenny Henry have announced they are splitting up after 25 years of marriage.
Dawn French seen at the 2005 make Poverty History march
Dawn French seen at the 2005 make Poverty History march
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Both personalities have been immensely popular in UK television shows, and French is especially known for her professional partnership with Jennifer Saunders.
The couple have released a statement saying: “Lenny Henry and Dawn French are sad to announce they have decided to separate after 25 years of marriage. They made the decision last October and since then have been living together in constant, open and honest discussion. The separation is entirely amicable and they fully intend to maintain their close friendship.
“Their priority is to commit to the future joint parenting of their daughter. They ask that the media respect the privacy of their family. No further comment will be made.”
French (52) is also known and respected for playing the titular role in the sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, and she has appeared in two series of the gentle sitcom Jam and Jerusalem.
Lenny Henry (51) used to co-host the popular children’s TV series Tiswas in the late 1970s and early 1980s. But he has since written and performed for many shows, including Three of a Kind, with comedians David Copperfield and Tracy Ullman.
Among his most recent projects was a reprise of his role as Deakus, (an elderly philosophising Jamaican, in comedy shorts about story writing. He wrote for it Nina Wadia, Tara Palmer Tomkinson and Stephen K. Amos.
He received critical acclaim for his title role in the Northern Broadsides production of Othello. Some critics thought a comedian an odd choice for the heavyweight Shakespearian role, but director Barrie Rutter said in the Guardian some time before the production opened: “Knives might be out at me or at Lenny. I don’t care. This has come about from a completely genuine desire to do a piece of theatrical work. Bloody hell, how long has the Donmar had Hollywood stars going there for £200? He’s six foot five. He’s beautifully black. And he’s Othello.”