Dawn French shows off her uncanny ‘transformation’ into Claudia Winkleman
Dawn French delighted fans by taking to Instagram to show off her ‘transformation’ into Claudia Winkleman.
The Vicar of Dibley star, 65, shared a photo of herself looking almost identical to the Strictly Come Dancing presenter.
In the snap, the star, who is seen standing beside a laughing Winkleman, donned a black wig with a voluminous fringe, heavy black eyeliner and concealer on her lips.
The look has has become Winkleman’s signature style. French captioned the image: "Coming soon…#traitors #comicrelief."
The picture was also reshared by Winkleman who wrote: "(Can I just add I will never get over this. Dawn is my hero)."
Fans and pals of the pair praised the photo, which was seemingly taken behind-the-scenes of a special Comic Relief episode of BBC’s The Traitors.
"Dawn you’ve actually always been the goddess of impersonating a look and a persona. Hilarious bravo. Excited to see x," one fan commented.
"You do Claudia better than Claudia," wrote another, while a third said: "I need that wig. This will be my Halloween look. Dawn you are hilarious!"
The post follows French showing off her slimmed-down figure at the press night of Oklahoma! in London’s West End.
She revealed that the recent weight loss was a result of being told she needed to lose weight before having a hysterectomy. Before the surgery she shed 7.5 stone.
She explained her doctor had been convinced she had uterine cancer which led to her undergoing an operation to remove her womb.
"When I was due to have my hysterectomy the doc told me that if I could lose some weight before the op, they would be able to do it via keyhole, and I would recover in three weeks or so," she said.
"Otherwise it would be big open surgery, and three months to recover. So, I set about dropping a few stone. No magic wand.
"Just tiny, joyless low-cal eating and lots more walking for weeks and weeks. It was grim. I lost seven-and-a-half stone."