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Jennifer Saunders Biography

Birth Name:
Jennifer Jane Saunders
Birth Place:
Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England
Actor, screenwriter

Fast Facts

  • Mother was a biology teacher, father was a pilot in the Royal Air Force
  • Due to her father constantly moving the family around, was educated at boarding schools as a child
  • Met Dawn French while studying to be a drama teacher at Central School of Speech & Drama, London
  • Met Adrian Edmondson, her husband of 25 years, at The Comedy Strip in London
  • Her Absolutely Fabulous character name, Edina Monsoon, was a play on Eddie Monsoon, which her actor-comedian husband, Adrian Edmondson, has used on stage and screen
  • Declined an OBE in 2001
  • Did all her own singing for her role in Shrek 2 (2004)
  • Songs by the Eurythmics, "Jennifer" and "Adrian," are dedicated to her and her husband, respectively


  • 2005People's Choice Awards-Favorite Movie Villain: winner