Tuesday 6 December 2016

Dawn French: “I’ve never been somebody to have sex with the lights off"

The comedian has spoken about her body confidence and why she never has sex with the light off

Sophie Jamieson

Published 18/10/2015 | 12:00

Dawn French has revealed she has lost seven and a half-stone with her slimming regime, but is still fond of her old heavyweight body. Photo: PA
Dawn French has revealed she has lost seven and a half-stone with her slimming regime, but is still fond of her old heavyweight body. Photo: PA
Dawn French runs Clipper House in West Looe, Cornwall, as a holiday let business
Dawn French with her daughter Billie in 2005.

Dawn French

The 55-year-old funny woman lost 7 and a half stone after her marriage to Lenny Henry ended. The actress weighed 19 stone before she cut out chocolate and carbohydrates. Although she has admitted that losing her 'lovely blubber' made it difficult to swim in the sea because it is too cold.

Dawn French has revealed that she has always been confident with her body and “sexual presence” thanks to the support she had growing up.

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The comic actress and writer said she has never waned to have sex with the lights off or felt embarrassed showing her body to a partner.

French, 58, who married charity boss Mark Bignell two years ago, spoke about the public fascination with her weight in an interview with The Times Magazine, saying: “I have never done an interview without people talking about my weight”.

Although she has met women who had a torturous relationship with their size, French said she had not been in that “hellish place” herself.

“I’ve never been somebody to have sex with the lights off,” she said. “I don’t mind getting my gear off, I never have, and I think, ‘Why is this different?’ And all I could think of was that in my family this was not an issue.”

In an interview with the Telegraph last year, French credited her father with giving her confidence, recalling a moment when as a schoolgirl she went to a party in hot pants.

Unlike the stereotypical overbearing father, French said: “He told me I was completely beautiful, said how amazing I looked and warned that I would get loads of attention [from boys] and that I ought to choose the best.

"I went on cloud nine to that party, and I’ve actually never left that party. It was armour.”

Speaking about the sex scenes in her new novel According To Yes, French told The Times: “When I think about, er, active, kind of sexually interested girls, I immediately think about curvy girls. It doesn’t occur to me not to think about that.”

The Vicar of Dibley star lost seven stone for for a hysterectomy operation following a cancer scare - an experience she spoke frankly about in her tour, Thirty Million Minutes.

She was married to fellow comedian Lenny Henry for 25 years, before separating in 2010. They remain friends and “co-parent” their adopted daughter Billie, 24.

French said she was “very unafraid” of the future with her new husband and was enjoying a quieter, more low key period in her life.

Telegraph.co.uk

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