World News – GB – Dawn French says her family is lucky enough to live in the Southwest


The actress and comedian also talked about her new book which examines what it means to « belong » to a family

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Dawn French spoke in depth about her « blended family » and her life in the Southwest before the release of her new book

The actress, writer and comedian refers to her own daughter, two stepchildren and godchildren as her « beloved ones » – and says she is lucky to live in Cornwall

« Family is everything to me, » the actress, writer and comedian told the Mirror. « This is where I know I belong

« I am the mother of three children who are no longer children and this is my biggest challenge and also my greatest pleasure »

Dawn adopted daughter Billie, 29, with her first husband – comedian Lenny Henry – while her second husband, charity leader Mark Bignell, provided her with stepchildren Lily, 29, and Olly, 26

Although the star is always attentive to their birth mother, she rarely calls them her stepchildren

Like much of the country, the family spent much more time together than usual during the lockdown

“I was home with my daughters and my husband,” says Dawn “My son was 20 minutes down the road with his girlfriend It was curious because it’s normally just my husband and I

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« We made the most of it We spent a lot of time together and there was a lot of cooking, chatting and television

« We are very lucky to live in Cornwall so we had lots of fresh air and some lovely walks »

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Dawn, who grew up in Plymouth, has written a fourth novel that explores her ideas on what it means to ‘belong’ to a family, whether or not you are blood related.

‘Because of you’ is the heartbreaking but uplifting story of Hope, who steals a little girl from the hospital after hers is stillborn and raises her as hers

Dawn dedicated the book to: « My kids, Billie, Lils and Olly, because it’s all about being a mom »

The 63-year-old star Vicar of Dibley said she had thought long and hard about motherhood for years before deciding to become a mom herself

Her mother Roma, who died in 2012, was a charity worker who played a role in finding foster and adoption homes for the children

Dawn often spoke of her mother’s ideas and wisdom « I have been incredibly well mothered, » she says

« We fought a lot but we always fell back You’re supposed to rebel, and that’s good

« We were very close I have now entered the matriarchal position in my family, and I do so with his training and advice in my pocket »

“My mom was very involved in placement and adoption,” she said “She sat on a lot of panels and we talked about it a lot. All I know is that those who loving and raising you is very important, as are your birth parents

« Of course I bring a bit of my lived experience into everything I write, but the main thing is my imagination I love studying big themes – this is another big family theme , belonging and identity « 

For her new book, Dawn said she was determined to tackle the issue of lost baby justice through extensive research and said she sought advice from hospital staff in Cornwall

« I spoke to people I know who had this tragic experience at birth It was hard to do but I tried to write it in the most tender way possible

« The truth is, when something so devastating happens to you, you definitely fracture a bit, and that gave me a reason why Hope could do what she does

« I wanted to challenge my readers with a little moral dilemma These are tricky things Was this kid finally raised in the right family? Did she end up in the right place? »

The novel also touches on how new partners are accepted into the family – what Dawn says she is happy to do in real life

« And that’s the whole point of expanding your family, isn’t it? It’s the natural order »

Next, Dawn wants to expand her family even more, with the prospect of grandchildren

« I’m ready, » said Dawn « I’m a grandmother on hold I’m not pushing, but I’m ready when my kids are ready I’m looking forward to this »

When the lockdown eased earlier this year, Dawn and her comedy partner Jennifer Saunders reunited in Plymouth to record their Audible podcast, in French & Saunders: Titting About

She added that the response to the series has been positive and another may be on the way

« She lives pretty close to me, Jen, and we went to a fantastic studio that we know in Plymouth and we sat down and… titties, » says Dawn

« It was lucky for us to be in each other’s company which is my idea of ​​the most fun I could have had

« There was a fantastic response and they are asking us to do another series so we’ll have to try and find the time to fit it in. I’m really up for this »

Dawn French

World News – GB – Dawn French says her family is lucky to live in the South West



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