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Also Known As: Jennifer Edmondson Died:
Born: July 12, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lincolnshire, England, GB Profession: actor, TV writer, comedian

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An internationally renowned comedian, writer and actress, Jennifer Saunders started her career alongside Dawn French as the two female cast members of The Comic Strip troupe. She rose to fame on "The Comic Strip Presents " (Channel 4, 1982-2005) as well as a string of their movies, and together with French starred in the moderately successful "Girls On Top" (ITV, 1985-86) before writing and starring in their own smash sketch comedy series, "French and Saunders" (BBC Two, 1987-2007). Parodying pop culture as well as creating original skits, the series became an instant classic and elevated the two to superstardom in Great Britain as well as placing them both on the international stage. Saunders reached even greater heights of popularity in the spin-off "Absolutely Fabulous" (BBC, 1992-2004) which she created, wrote and starred in as the boozy, "sweetie darling" fashion publicist from hell, Edina Monsoon. She and co-star Joanna Lumley, playing the outrageously debauched Patsy, became an iconic duo and the series became an international cult favorite, winning Saunders a BAFTA and allowing her to cameo on "Roseanne" (ABC, 1988-1997), "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004) and in "Spice World" (1997). One of the most...

An internationally renowned comedian, writer and actress, Jennifer Saunders started her career alongside Dawn French as the two female cast members of The Comic Strip troupe. She rose to fame on "The Comic Strip Presents " (Channel 4, 1982-2005) as well as a string of their movies, and together with French starred in the moderately successful "Girls On Top" (ITV, 1985-86) before writing and starring in their own smash sketch comedy series, "French and Saunders" (BBC Two, 1987-2007). Parodying pop culture as well as creating original skits, the series became an instant classic and elevated the two to superstardom in Great Britain as well as placing them both on the international stage. Saunders reached even greater heights of popularity in the spin-off "Absolutely Fabulous" (BBC, 1992-2004) which she created, wrote and starred in as the boozy, "sweetie darling" fashion publicist from hell, Edina Monsoon. She and co-star Joanna Lumley, playing the outrageously debauched Patsy, became an iconic duo and the series became an international cult favorite, winning Saunders a BAFTA and allowing her to cameo on "Roseanne" (ABC, 1988-1997), "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004) and in "Spice World" (1997). One of the most successful British comediennes of all time, Jennifer Saunders earned an international reputation as a much-loved force-of-nature and, even more impressively, displayed writing skills as acclaimed as her acting chops.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Coraline (2009)
2.
 Shrek 2 (2004)
3.
 Absolument fabuleux (2001) Herself
4.
 Fanny and Elvis (1999) Roanna
5.
 Absolutely Fabulous: The Last Shout (1997) Edina Monsoon
6.
 Spice World (1997) Fashionable Woman
7.
 Muppet Treasure Island (1996) Mrs Bluveridge
8.
 Midwinter's Tale, A (1995) Nancy Crawford
9.
 Supergrass, The (1988) Lesley
10.
 More Bad News (1987) Sally
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Attended London's School of Speech and Drama; met future collaborator Dawn French
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Performed comedy routines in college cabarets with French
1980:
Auditioned for newly formed comedy troupe, The Comic Strip
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Appeared in many episodes of "The Comic Strip Presents...", an English comedy anthology series with Dawn French, Adrian Edmonson, Robbie Coltrane and Peter Richardson
1985:
Feature acting debut, "Supergrass"; the first of "The Comic Strip Presents..." Movies
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Appeared in several episodes of the cult English comedy series "The Young Ones", starring husband Adrian Edmonson
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Co-created, starred and wrote, with Dawn French, the English sketch-comedy series "French and Saunders"
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Conceived the original incarnation of "Absolutely Fabulous" as a sketch on "French and Saunders"
1988:
US TV debut, "Live from London", part of the "HBO Comedy Hour"
1992:
Wrote, created and starred in the English comedy series "Absolutely Fabulous"; aired in the US on Comedy Central in 1994-95
2001:
Created new episodes of "Absolutely Fabolous"; reprised the role of Edina
2004:
Voiced The Fairy Godmother in "Shrek 2"
2009:
Voiced Miss April Spink and Other Spink in the animated film "Coraline"
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Education

Central School of Speech and Drama: London , England -

Notes

The name Edina Monsoon comes from a "Comic Strip Presents..." episode called "Eddie Monsoon ... A Life?" starring her husband Adrian Edmonson.

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husband:
Adrian Edmonson. Actor, writer. Appeared in the English comedy series "The Young Ones"; has three children with Saunders.

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daughter:
Freya Edmonson.
daughter:
Ella Edmonson.
daughter:
Beattie Edmonson.

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