“I don’t mind getting my gear off, I never have, and I think, ‘Why is this different?
’ And all I could think of was that in my family this was not an issue.” Unlike the stereotypical overbearing father, French said: “He told me I was completely beautiful, said how amazing I looked and warned that I would get loads of attention [from boys] and that I ought to choose the best.
Donning a navy blue blazer with black lapels and a dicky bow, Sir Lenny turned up to ceremony with his partner Lisa Makin as they walked hand-in-hand down the red carpet.
The couple, both aged 57, have been dating since 2011 after the TV star split from his ex wife Dawn after 25 years of marriage.
They remain friends and “co-parent” their adopted daughter Billie, 24.
French and Saunders shared a flat whilst at college and were influenced to do comedy by their flatmates as part of their projects for college.HE WAS awarded the Alan Clarke prize for his outstanding contribution to television at the TV BAFTAs last night, and Sir Lenny Henry had someone special to share the occasion with.The comedian and actor brought along his Dawn French lookalike girlfriend as he was finally rewarded for his work during the star-studded event at London's Royal Festival Hall.Many noticed the similarity between Lisa and Dawn, and Sir Lenny later praised his girlfriend for her love and support in his acceptance speech.Presented by Adrian Lester, he picked up the Alan Clarke prize (named in honour of the late TV director) for his many contributions to television.