A new Dawn: Funnygirl Ms French shows off three stone weight loss at Glamour awards after overhauling her diet
By Ben Todd
Last updated at 11:45 AM on 9th June 2011
She says her priorities are her daughter, writing, chocolate and kissing.
But not so much of the chocolate these days, it seems.
Dawn French, who once tipped the scales at 19 stone, looked a new woman at an awards ceremony in London.
Because The Vicar Of Dibley star has lost three stone since her divorce from comedian Lenny Henry, the Mail has learned.
A friend said: ‘She hasn’t been dieting excessively or anything like that. She’s just been healthy eating.
‘It’s that simple. Dawn is generally taking care of her health and is feeling very happy.’
The weight loss had nothing to do with her split from Henry, 52, the friend added.
Miss French announced their separation 14 months ago and their divorce after 25 years of marriage was finalised in October.
At the Glamour magazine awards, Miss French, 53, won Writer of the Year for her first fictional novel, A Tiny Bit Marvellous.
The novel, which tells the story of a family melting down as the mother approaches 50, will be released in paperback this month.
She was accompanied by her adopted daughter Billie, 19. Accepting her award on Tuesday, Miss French revealed her priorities to be, ‘my daughter, writing, chocolate and kissing’.
She once famously said: ‘As far as I’m concerned there are two types of women, the ones who like chocolate and complete bitches.’
But she has been criticised by a diet expert for her stance in the past. Clinical nutritionist Mary Strugar said: ‘Dawn French is one our most loved comediennes but she has also, perhaps unwittingly, become a role model for the obese.
‘Her “big is beautiful” statements are sending the wrong signals.’
Despite her svelte look, the actress, who is just 5ft, insists she’s still single.
In an interview in October, she had hinted she was dating again, saying: ‘I’m not lonely, let’s put it that way.’
And last month, Miss French was seen shopping at lingerie specialists Ann Summers. She was later spotted with a mystery man.
But one friend said: ‘Dawn insists there isn’t anybody.’
2011 GLAMOUR WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS WINNERS
Presenter of the Year - Davina McCall
Designer of the Year - Sarah Burton
Filmmaker of the Year - Jane Goldman
Theatre Actress of the Year - Naomie Harris
TV Personality of the Year - Dannii Minogue
Pandora Breakthrough of the Year - Ellie Goulding
Writer of the Year - Dawn French
Sportswoman of the Year - Jessica Ennis
Band of the Year - The Saturdays
Accessory Designer of the Year - Victoria Beckham
Radio Personality of the Year - Fearne Cotton
TV Actress of the Year - Lenora Crichlow
Comedy Actress of the Year - Miranda Hart
Entrepreneur of the Year - Kim Kardashian
UK Solo Artist of the Year - Adele Adkins
Film Actress of the Year - Gemma Arterton
Woman of Tomorrow - Jessie J
Editor's Special Award - Rosie Huntington Whiteley
Man of the Year - Garrett Hedlund
Outstanding Contribution - Stevie Nicks