Dawn French on her gray hair and her return to acting
Since his screen debut in 1982, Dawn French has become one of the country’s most beloved actors, comedians and writers.
Of his role as half of the comedy duo French and Saunders to her starring role in the beloved sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, Dawn has firmly cemented her status as a national treasure. And his talents don’t stop there, having also published a number of best-selling novels; more recently, 2020s Because of you.
Now, in a new exclusive interview with Good Housekeeping, Dawn has opened her recent hair transformation, her inspiring mother and how she feels about returning to live comedy this year with a solo show.
“Well, the title is a bit controversial,” she says of her upcoming tour. “It’s called Dawn French Is A Huge Twat. I don’t even know if it’s printable, but I wanted to call it that because it’s true.”
She describes the show as “an evening where I tell stories of times when I was a little silly, misunderstood or misheard something, or something horribly wrong during my career” .
“I’ll show people all those moments – when I emailed people who really shouldn’t have seen them, for example – and how they happened in real life,” he adds. she.
Over the past two years, Dawn has also undergone a hair transformation, going gray with a much shorter cut.
“The real trigger came during the lockdowns when I was dyeing my hair myself, and I just couldn’t be bothered to keep doing it, so I let my natural gray go through,” he explains. -she.
“I also cut some of it myself – much to my hairdresser’s chagrin! It’s a lot shorter than what I’m used to now and I have certain ‘grrr’ moments when I go out and I don’t don’t know how to style it – I would literally give my old hair 13 minutes of my time every day – but the plan is to regrow it like my old hairstyle.
“I’m curious to see what the bob might look like with a good strong gray.”
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As part of Good HousekeepingDawn’s 100th anniversary celebrations, Dawn also reflected on the changes women have seen over the past century; the most important of which, she thinks, was contraception.
“I think a lot of things came out of that, because it gave women the freedom to have fun in their lives, but also control how their future evolves,” she says.
But there are many changes Dawn would still like to see for women over the next 100 years, especially greater respect.
“There would be equal pay if women had respect, and you’d be believed about the abuse,” she says. “Women deserve respect for so many reasons because we are powerful. We are starting to be heard more – and that needs to continue.”
Dawn has worked with a number of inspiring women over the years, but when asked who inspired her the most, she said it had to be her mother, Felicity Roma.
“She was a pioneer when it came to changing the lives of young women struggling with drug and alcohol problems, and she founded a recovery center in Plymouth called Trevi House,” says Dawn.
“Alone as a widow from a young age, she was strong and fearless. If I had a quarter of her strength, I would be grateful.”
Read the full interview with Dawn French in the April 2022 issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale February 24. It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect.
To book tickets for Dawn’s new tour, visit aubefrenchontour.com.
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