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.
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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.
The 62-year-old actress and comedian previously lost over seven stone, but has now regained weight, and doesn't care.
Speaking at a screening of the second series of Sky 1’s Delicious, the Vicar of Dibley actress is quoted by Mail Online as saying: “I remember my own relationship with my own mother and the warring that we had. Dawn put her career on hold in 2012 to care for her mother, but she sadly passed away from terminal lung cancer just three months into the year, leaving the actress heart-broken. Following Felicity’s passing and despite their previous disputes, Dawn admitted her mum was the “most amazing woman”.
The Vicar of Dibley star has revealed the former couple – who adopted mixed-race daughter Billie in 1991 – suffered from horrific racial abuse during their time together, including people putting excrement on their door, and vandalising their car. “I only realised it was an issue when there was hatred from utter t***s.