Dawn Roma French is an English actress, writer, and comedian, best known for starring in and writing for the comedy sketch show French and Saunders with comedy partner Jennifer Saunders and for playing the lead role as Geraldine Granger in the sitcom The Vicar of Dibley. French has been nominated for seven British Academy Television Awards and also won a BAFTA Fellowship with Jennifer Saunders.
Dawn Roma French was born in Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales to English parents, Denys Vernon French , and Felicity Roma French who married in their hometown of Plymouth in 1953. She was educated at the independent St Dunstans Abbey School . She has a brother, Gary . Her father, Denys served in the Royal Air Force, stationed at RAF Valley. The RAF partly funded her private education. When her father was stationed at the former RAF Faldingworth, she attended Caistor Grammar School in Caistor, Lincolnshire, boarding in the schools Lindsey house. She later won a debating scholarship that brought her to study at the Spence School in New York.