Dawn French says she misses her “old body!”

by Lynn Connolly

Comedienne Dawn French has slimmed down by a massive seven stones, yet despite the fact that she’s fitter and healthier than she has been for many years, Dawn reckons she misses her old body.

Speaking to Woman magazine, Dawn – who weighed twenty stones before her weight loss – explained, “I have a great fondness for that other body. 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.

“The fact is, I’m still a fat woman. I’m still stones over my BMI index or whatever it’s called.

“I never even knew such a thing existed until people started telling me there was a weight you’re supposed to be…”

Dawn, who returns to our screens this week in the second series of BBC2 sitcom Roger & Val Have Just Got In, added, “I’ve lost 7st 7lb now. I don’t want to lose much more but it’s funny looking at Roger & Val – because I look so different now.

“I don’t eat bread, potatoes or pasta now. I don’t have chocolate in my house. That is really hard.

“I was at a mate’s birthday party last weekend and there was amazing food all around me, so I had bit of everything.

“I don’t feel guilty though. I don’t do anything punishing.

“I definitely feel healthier. There’s a hill opposite my house and I walk up it everyday and these days I can do it faster and I don’t puff as much as I did. It feels better.

“I like to swim in the sea but I’ve found it much harder to get in the water with less weight. Before, I had all this lovely blubber – I had my own wetsuit!

“Now I can’t get in the water in the winter months. I don’t have enough flesh to keep me warm!”

On why Dawn decided to slim down, she said, “I didn’t lose weight because of some weird self–hatred.

“But I started to wake up to the fact that if I got any bigger, I was going to be tipping into a dangerous area.

“I live in a place where I can do beautiful walks and I was denying myself the chance to do that. I can now walk my dog up the hill without getting out of breath.”

And finally, of playing one-half of a married couple when in real life, Dawn is in fact divorced from fellow comic Lenny Henry, Dawn said, “I was part of a very successful marriage for a long time. For much longer than I wasn’t, if you see what I mean…

“For most of my life, in fact. So definitely I had no worries about portraying a marriage on screen.

“In fact, that was one of the reasons I wanted to do it. Because most of the television I see that represents marriage isn’t what I know to be marriage.

“Except for something like Outnumbered, which is more real.

“I just love this show and it’s great to work with Fred (Alfred Molina). Our friendship is really strong, it has to be when there are only two of you.

“We’re stuck together on that set for weeks on end.”

You can read the full interview in this week’s Woman magazine, which is on sale now.


Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.