The 'Absolutely Fabulous' star – who turned down an OBE in 2001 – revealed her own father had a CBE for serving in the Royal Air Force.
Following the announcement that BBC Three will be given the reboot in 2022, let's take a trip down memory lane at some of their best shows.
Vicar Geraldine Granger paid an emotional tribute to Alice Tinker, saying she will be forever 'alive in our memories'.
The new episode's reference to characters played by actors who have died, as if they were still alive, divided opinion among viewers.
The sitcom will remember the actors who have passed away since the series ended in 1998.
Dawn French and James Fleet are reprising their roles as Geraldine Granger and Hugo Horton.
Dawn French will deliver three new sermons as the Vicar of Dibley to be compiled into a Christmas special.
Her alter ego Geraldine 'has been writing and delivering monthly sermons to her parishioners via Zoom'.
Dawn French and ex-husband Sir Lenny Henry moved police officers in to their home due to the 'continual racism' they were subjected to.