Dawn French opens up about her blended family as she reveals she’s ‘ready’ to become a grandmother

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Dawn French spoke candidly about her blended family and revealed that she was “ready” to be a grandmother.

The Vicar Of Dibley star, 63, is a mother to daughter Billie, 29, whom she adopted from ex Lenny Henry, as well as the stepmother of husband Mark Bignell’s two children, Lily, 29 years old, and Olly, 26 years old.

She told the Mirror: “Family is everything to me. This is where I know I belong.

‘Family is everything to me’: Dawn French spoke candidly about her blended family and revealed that she was “ready and looking forward” to being a grandmother (pictured with her ex husband Lenny Henry and adopted daughter Billie in 2005)

She added: “I am a mother of three children who are no longer children and this is my biggest challenge and also my greatest pleasure. “

Revealing that she calls her brood her “beloved ones,” Dawn went on to say that she was thrilled to become a grandmother one day when her children were ready.

She said, “I’m ready! I am a grandmother on hold. I’m not pushing, but I’m ready when my kids are ready. I will look forward to this.

However, the actress cheekily added that she might have to step in if her future grandchildren came up with a funny nickname, such as “smelly.”

Mixed: The comedian and writer spent lockdown in Cornwall with second husband Mark Bignell and their three children (pictured together in 2015)

Mixed: The comedian and writer spent lockdown in Cornwall with her second husband Mark Bignell and their three children (pictured together in 2015)

Dawn has been in lockdown at her Cornwall home with her daughters and husband Mark, with her son also living nearby.

Her comments about her stepfamily also come when the star released her fourth book, Because of You, which tells the story of a woman who steals a baby.

In the novel, the main character Hope’s own child was stillborn, so she takes another baby girl to the hospital.

Dawn said she tried to write the emotional scenes as “tenderly” as she could and spoke with friends who had had the “tragic experience” of stillbirth and chatted with them. a midwife at Treliske hospital.

The book, which Dawn says focuses on the larger theme of family, also explains how new partners are welcomed into existing family units.

Bring it on! Dawn also said she was 'ready' and 'looking forward' to being a grandmother when her kids are ready (pictured with daughter Billie in 2005)

Bring it on! Dawn also said she was ‘ready’ and ‘would look forward to’ being a grandmother when her children are ready (pictured with daughter Billie in 2005)

She explained how people “love everyone who loves your children properly”, telling the post that “this is the natural order”.

Motherhood is another very strong topic in the book, with Dawn saying she was influenced by her own mother Roma, who died in 2012.

His mother helped find foster and adoption homes for the children, with the author admitting that some of this influence was certainly found in the novel.

It comes after Dawn, who also recorded her podcast with longtime girlfriend Jennifer Saunders during the lockdown, defended his decision to write from a black character’s perspective in the novel, adding that society should not “control fiction.”

Appearing on The Andrew Marr, the star, married to Sir Lenny from 1984 to 2010, said that after living in a “multicultural family” for her “the norm is to write the color that she likes. “.

New novel: It comes after Dawn released her new book, Because of You, which features the theme of family (pictured on The Andrew Marr Show to promote the book last week)

New novel: It comes after Dawn released her new book, Because of You, which features the theme of family (pictured on The Andrew Marr Show to promote the book last week)

Dawn, who shares her daughter Billie with the comic, admitted that while a black person can have a “more authentic voice” while writing about their lived experiences, they can “imagine anyone they love.”

Speaking in a clip filmed ahead of the implementation of COVID-19 Level 2 restrictions in London, Dawn said: ‘I think it would be a very sorry old state of affairs if we couldn’t imagine someone that we love when we write ”.

“If we start to control who you can write in the fiction, I think it’s really not a hiding place anywhere. For me, my lived experience is in a multicultural family, so the norm for me is to write any color I like.

She later added, “Obviously if you are a black person you can write in a more authentic black voice, you most definitely can, but I can imagine anyone I love.”

The odd woman has previously opened up about her turbulent relationship with her adopted daughter, insisting that the key to a better relationship isn’t trying to be friends with your kids.

She told Saga magazine, “Billie is almost 30 years old and I think there’s a deeper and deeper closeness as we get older.

“But no, I don’t want mothers and daughters to be friends. That doesn’t exclude being friendly, but I don’t have to be her friend.

“There are things that girls deny their mothers and surpass their peers. I would love to be involved in all aspects of my daughter’s life, but I understand why. I get it. Although I have to say that very often I think mum wins over friend!

In May, Billie was sentenced to an eight-month prison term, suspended for 12 months, for harassing her ex-boyfriend.

Speaking: She also admitted that a black person can have a 'more authentic voice' while writing about their lived experiences

Speaking: She also admitted that a black person can have a “more authentic voice” while writing about their lived experiences

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