Jennifer Saunders

English comedian, screenwriter, actress and teacher

Jennifer Jane Saunders (born 6 July 1958) is an English comedienne, actress and writer. She was born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. She co-starred with Dawn French in comedy sketch show French and Saunders. She stars in Absolutely Fabulous with Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks and June Whitfield.

Jennifer Saunders
Jennifer Saunders in April 2014
Birth nameJennifer Jane Saunders
Born (1958-07-06) 6 July 1958 (age 65)
Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England
MediumTelevision, film
Years active1981–present
GenresComedy, parody
SpouseAdrian Edmondson
(m. 1985–present)
Notable works and rolesVarious in French & Saunders
Edina Monsoon in Absolutely Fabulous
Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2
BAFTA Awards
Best Comedy
1992 Absolutely Fabulous
Fellowship with Dawn French
International Emmy Awards
Popular Arts
1994 Absolutely Fabulous

She has guest starred in the American sitcoms Roseanne and Friends. She won the American People's Choice Award for voicing the wicked Fairy Godmother in DreamWorks' animated Shrek 2.

Personal life


Saunders married Adrian Edmondson on 11 May 1985 in Cheshire.[1] They have three daughters: Eleanor "Ella" Rose (born 22 January 1986, Hammersmith, London), Beatrice "Beattie" Louise (born 19 June 1987, Kensington and Chelsea, London),[2] and Freya Domenica (born 16 October 1990, Wandsworth, London).[1][3]

Saunders currently owns a £1 million property with 45 acres (180,000 m2) of land in Chagford, Devon and a home in London.[4] Edmondson and Saunders were estimated to be worth £11 million in 2002.[4]

In July 2010, she said that she had breast cancer. She knew about it since October 2009.[5] She is in remission following a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.[6][7]

Awards and recognition


Along with Dawn French, Saunders declined an OBE in 2001.[8] In 2003, she was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.[9] Saunders was 93rd out of E!'s 100 Sexiest British Stars. She also was 18th for "Best British Role Models for teenage girls in Britain" by Good Housekeeping magazine.


  • 1993: BAFTA Television Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance for - Absolutely Fabulous[10]
  • 1993: British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Actress - Absolutely Fabulous
  • 1994: British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actress - Absolutely Fabulous
  • 1995: BAFTA Television Award for Best Comedy Series for - Absolutely Fabulous (shared with Jon Plowman and Bob Spiers)[14]
  • 1996: BAFTA Television Award for Best Comedy Series for - Absolutely Fabulous (shared with Jon Plowman and Bob Spiers)[15]
  • 1997: BAFTA Television Award for Best Comedy Series for - Absolutely Fabulous (shared with Jon Plowman, Bob Spiers and Janice Thomas)[16]



Guest appearances





  1. 1.0 1.1 "Marriages and Births England and Wales 1984-2006". Retrieved 2010-10-07.
  2. "Beatrice Edmondson - England & Wales, Birth Index: 1916-2005 -". Retrieved 2010-10-07.
  3. "Freya Edmondson - England & Wales, Birth Index: 1916-2005 -". Retrieved 2010-10-07.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Neil Sears and Alison Bowyer. Saunders swaps London for Devon — Retrieved 5 October 2007.
  5. "Jennifer Saunders's secret cancer battle". Melbourne: The Age. 2010-07-09. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  6. Nathan, Sara (8 July 2010). "Jennifer Saunders: My battle to beat breast cancer". Daily Mail. London.
  7. "BBC News - Jennifer Saunders reveals her breast cancer fight". 8 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-07.
  8. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. It is an honour to stand among the refuseniks Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine — Retrieved 11 May 2007.
  9. The Observer. The A-Z of laughter (part two) — Retrieved 5 October 2007.
  10. 10.0 10.1 List of BAFTA awards for 1992 Bafta web site
  11. International Emmy Awards 1994[permanent dead link] — Retrieved 21 October 2007.
  12. British Academy of Film and Television Arts Fellowship Archived 2009-04-24 at the Wayback Machine presented on Sunday 26 April 2009.
  13. List of Award winners for 2012" BAFTA web site
  14. List of Award winners for 1994 BAFTA web site
  15. List of Award winners for 1995 BAFTA web site
  16. List of Award winners for 1996 BAFTA web site

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