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Jennifer Saunders
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Birth name Jennifer Jane Saunders
Born 6 July 1958 (1958-07-06) (age 61)
Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England
Medium Television, film
Nationality British
Years active 1981–present
Genres Comedy, parody
Spouse Adrian Edmondson
(m. 1985–present)
Notable works and roles Various 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

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.

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. They have three daughters: Eleanor "Ella" Rose (born 22 January 1986, Hammersmith, London), Beatrice "Beattie" Louise (born 19 June 1987, Kensington and Chelsea, London), and Freya Domenica (born 16 October 1990, Wandsworth, London).

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

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

Awards and recognition

Along with Dawn French, Saunders declined an OBE in 2001. In 2003, she was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. 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.

Won

  • 1991: Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for TV Light Entertainment - French & Saunders
  • 1993: BAFTA Television Award for Best Comedy Series for - Absolutely Fabulous (shared with Jon Plowman and Bob Spiers)
  • 1993: Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award TV for Situation Comedy - Absolutely Fabulous
  • 1994: International Emmy Award for popular arts - Absolutely Fabulous
  • 2002: Honorary Rose Award - awarded with Dawn French
  • 2005: People's Choice Award for Best Movie Villain - Shrek 2
  • 2009: BAFTA Fellowship - awarded with Dawn French
  • 2012: BAFTA Television Award for Best Female Performance In a Comedy Programme - Absolutely Fabulous

Nominated

  • 1993: BAFTA Television Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance for - Absolutely Fabulous
  • 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)
  • 1996: BAFTA Television Award for Best Comedy Series for - Absolutely Fabulous (shared with Jon Plowman and Bob Spiers)
  • 1997: BAFTA Television Award for Best Comedy Series for - Absolutely Fabulous (shared with Jon Plowman, Bob Spiers and Janice Thomas)

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