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Jennifer Saunders; Dawn French

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Jennifer Saunders; Dawn French, by Trevor Leighton, 1989 - NPG x47380 - © Trevor Leighton / National Portrait Gallery, London

© Trevor Leighton / National Portrait Gallery, London

Jennifer Saunders; Dawn French

by Trevor Leighton
bromide fibre print, 1989
9 3/8 in. x 8 5/8 in. (238 mm x 219 mm)
Given by Trevor Leighton, 1994
Photographs Collection
NPG x47380


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  • Trevor Leighton (1957-), Photographer. Artist associated with 248 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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French (right, b.1957) and Saunders (b.1958) worked together in comedy clubs before breaking into television as part of the alternative Comic Strip team. Their own BBC television series, French and Saunders, was launched in 1987. With six series, it lasted for over 20 years, and French and Saunders became Britain's best-loved female comedy duo. Their individual careers include The Vicar of Dibley and Lark Rise to Candleford (Dawn French) and Absolutely Fabulous (Jennifer Saunders). In November 2008 they completed French and Saunders: Still Alive! -The Farewell Tour and in 2009 they were jointly awarded a BAFTA Fellowship.

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