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Dawn French speaks out about racial abuse

Dawn French was married to comedian Lenny Henry for 25 years. Credit: Sunday Night - Channel 7

Dawn French has spoken candidly on Australian TV of the racial abuse she endured during her 25-year marriage to ex-husband Lenny Henry.

The actress and comedian, who lives in Cornwall, recalled a series of shocking attacks they suffered during their time together and called them 'cowardly acts'.

Excrement on your door, we had that. We had words scratched into every panel of every car- very offensive, derogatory and racist terminology.

That took me more by surprise really because it is everywhere. Only when you are married to a black man do you think, hang on, that guy just said that and thought it was okay to say.

– Dawn French, speaking on Sunday Night - Channel 7

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Dawn French's holiday home is up for sale

Dawn French at a press night earlier this month Credit: PA

Comedian Dawn French's holiday home in Cornwall - boasting 15 bedrooms and panoramic harbour views - has come on the market for £725,000.

The Vicar Of Dibley star runs Clipper House in West Looe as a holiday let business. It is split into three guest houses which could mean a sizeable income for the buyer.

The property, which can be found on Rightmove, also features a large living area, bar and games room.

Clipper House is on the market for £725,000 Credit: SWNS
It has a panoramic view of the harbour Credit: SWNS
Who would live in a house like this? Credit: SWNS

Falmouth University Chancellor gets her own stamp

French and Saunders appear on new stamp Credit: Royal Mail

Royal Mail has launched a set of stamps celebrating comedy greats and they include the recently appointed Chancellor of Falmouth University, Dawn French.

The comedienne appears along side her performing partner of many years Jennifer Saunders.

Dawn French appears on stamp Credit: Royal Mail

For decades, the UK has long boasted some of the most influential and significant comedy talent in the world.

This set of stamps rightly pays tribute to the comedians who have made the nation laugh out loud at their ground-breaking comedy genius.

Royal Mail vans in the locations with strong links to the comedians will feature an image of the relevant stamp.

– Andrew Hammond, Head of Stamps and Collectibles at Royal Mail

EXCLUSIVE: Dawn French talks about her love of Cornwall

Our reporter Kathy Wardle caught up in an exclusive chat with Dawn French before she took on her role as Chancellor. The comedienne had this to say:

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Dawn French is made Falmouth University's first Chancellor

Dawn French has today been formally installed as Falmouth University's first Chancellor.

The Plymouth-born comedienne will take up the role as head of the Cornish university which will see her preside over graduation ceremonies and confer degrees.

She also hopes to work closely with the vice-chancellor's office to raise Falmouth's profile and advance the university's mission globally.

Dawn French has been made University of Falmouth chancellor Credit: ITV News

I was a little bit frightened of it because I'm not one for all the pomp and circumstance, so first of all I was saying no, no please don't give me something where people are looking at me, and I jumped immediately from that to can I have a crown? And I have got a crown!

– Dawn French

Her gown for the occasion has been designed and made by students studying fashion and textile courses at the university.

The black and green jacquard cape features Cornish flowers and tartan and has the names of students embroidered into the lining.

Students sewed a dedication to the comedienne inside her ceremonial robes Credit: ITV News

Dawn says she plans to be very hands in in her new role.

I hope I might be able to do a little bit of teaching in time, and I certainly hope to bring people from my industry down to the university to teach.

– Dawn French
Dawn in carriage after ceremony on way to Pendennis Castle Credit: ITV News