There was no star quality about them at all." On an appearance on The Paul O'Grady Show on 6 October 2008, French said that "Fatty" is her nickname for Jennifer Saunders, as a joke about her own size.French said that she became great friends with Saunders well before they started working together, which was "over 30 years ago".
Lots of mixed-race couples weren't so lucky." star revealed how close the family came to danger."Someone put an oily rag through our front door and tried to burn us down," she said."Luckily I woke up and smelt it, otherwise I'm not sure we would be here."French and Henry announced their divorce in October 2010, on the grounds of Henry's "unreasonable behaviour".(born 11 October 1957) is an English actress, writer, and comedian.She is 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.They married in Westminster in 1984 and have an adopted daughter, Billie, 18.'Close friendship'The statement said: "Lenny Henry and Dawn French are sad to announce they have decided to separate after 25 years of marriage.