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English comedienne, screenwriter, singer and actress


Jennifer Jane Saunders first came into widespread attention in the 1980s and early 1990s when she became a member of The Comic Strip after graduating from the Central School of Speech and Drama. Along with her comedy partner Dawn French, she proceeded to write and star in their eponymous sketch show, French & Saunders, and received international acclaim for writing and playing the lead role of Edina Monsoon in the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. In her other work, she has guest starred in the American sitcoms Roseanne and Friends, and won the American People's Choice Award for voicing the wicked Fairy Godmother in DreamWorks' animated Shrek 2. More recently, she wrote and starred in Jam & Jerusalem and The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle.

Jennifer Saunders Info

Birth nameJennifer Jane Saunders
Date of BirthJuly 6, 1958
Place of BirthSleaford, Lincolnshire, England
Spouse (s)Adrian Edmondson (m. 1985-present)
Years active1981 – present
MediumTelevision, film
InfluencesJohn Cleese[citation needed]
Notable works and rolesVarious in French & Saunders, Edina Monsoon in Absolutely Fabulous, Caroline Martin in Jam and Jerusalem, Vivienne Vyle in The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle, Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2, Helen Back-Mucus in Young Ones Time
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