Dawn French: I want to die on stage and be pulled aside

Dawn French has said that she wanted to die “on stage” and be pulled “to one side”.

Vicar Of Dibley actress, 65, is contemplating her death in a new podcast.

Kathy Burke asked a French comedian in Where There a Will, There a Wake, released Tuesday, how she wanted to die.


Kathy Burke has a new podcast called Where There’s a Will, There’s a Wake (Dominic Lipinski/PA).

French said she “would love” to die on stage when a sign appeared saying “twat” on it in the panto Jack And The Beanstalk she starred with Julian Clary.

She said: “Yeah, twat came in and (I) fell down, Tommy Cooper kind of thing, right after that there was a big round of laughter and a round of applause, because people thought, ‘Oh, she’s doing a great job. joke’.

“After that, there would be a bit of awkward silence and then one of my lovely crew would show up and drag me off in an informal way. Yeah, aside.”


Jennifer Saunders, pictured, stars in French and Saunders alongside Dawn French (Yui Mok/PA)

French also detailed her dream funeral, including how she “could” wear a vicar’s outfit while lying in a transparent Barbie-style coffin and pull Queen RuPaul into a top hat.

She added: “I want the entire coffin to be raised, upright, on the Tamar Bridge as you enter Cornwall with the words ‘You are entering Cornwall’ written underneath…

“Perhaps even my hand, like the bony hand, can be brought out of the coffin just by waving.”

The French wanted Jennifer Saunders – whom she starred on the BBC comedy sketch show French And Saunders, which also featured Burke – to read her eulogy to be written by Richard Curtis, who had created the BBC sitcom The Vicar Of Dibley.

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She added: “Jennifer (will) have to read it because it would kill her if she had to say too many nice things about me. Right.

“I would also insist that the last line of the eulogy is sung… I might even insist that she sings The Wind Beneath My Wings or something like that.”

Burke told French that the date of her death would be Saunders’ 90th birthday on July 6, 2048.

French said her attorney will tell her husband, daughter and stepchild that all of her money will go to “worthy causes” like the Flat Earth Association, sick kittens and participants in the battles of the Civil War.

She added: “(My lawyer would say) ‘Dawn has made sure you are provided with some jewelry…for you, her darling daughter, a comb…for you. , her loving husband, an ax’.”

She was married to comedian Sir Lenny Henry for over 20 years before they divorced. She is now married to philanthropist Mark Bignell.

Jack And The Beanstalk takes place from December 10 to January 15 at the London Palladium.

Where There a Will, There a Wake will also feature comedians such as James Acaster and Jamali Maddix.

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