Gone In 60 Seconds... Dawn French 7 years ago

Gone In 60 Seconds... Dawn French

Dawn French is one of the UK's most-love actresses and comedians and is best known for her roles in The Vicar Of Dibley and comedy sketch show French and Saunders. She is currently on the road with her stand-up tour but took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to talk Hitler, tea cakes and jet packs.


Tell us one surprising thing about you.

I am surprisingly tall. (In my head)

What is the most embarrassing thing that you've ever done?

I once rushed up to the stage at a pantomime to claim my prize for winning the secret number on the back of the programme competition, only to realize too late that everyone had the same number. It was a joke. That everyone else in the theatre got, except me…

If you could delete someone's entire existence, who would it be?

I know it's obvious, but it's obvious for a very sound reason. Hitler. I still hear stories that make my blood run cold.

Which trait do you most love and hate about yourself?


LOVE that I am so organized. HATE that I am so organized.

Who would be your four perfect dinner party guests?

Eric Morecombe. Kenneth Williams. Jennifer Saunders. Liza Tarbuck.

What's the worst chat-up line that you've ever used?

Do you want to see my pants?


What is your favourite biscuit and why?

Tunnocks tea cake. Food of the gods, made by angels.

Which Irish celebrity do you secretly fancy?

Imelda May.


If you could live in any era, which one would you choose and why?

I would like to live in the 22nd century. Because I would like to last that long. And have a jet pack.

Dogs or cats?

With the greatest respect to cats, who I would hate to fall out with, it has to be dogs. Every time.


If you were to take the Her.ie team for dinner, where would we go?

We wouldn't go out, we would stay in at my house in Cornwall, and we would eat corned beef hash and drink vodka, and sing songs of love and loss, then have a quick fight, then off to bed before midnight. Ideal.


Dawn French performs at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre this Wednesday July 9th and Thursday July 10th as part of her first ever solo tour. Tickets, priced from €39.50, are available from www.ticketmaster.ie.