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Dawn French marries in secret Cornwall ceremony

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 23, 2013

Dawn French and Mark Bignell tied the knot at The Scarlet, a luxury Westcountry eco-hotel, surrounded by celebrity friends Picture: Wayne Perry

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Actress, comedian and author Dawn French has remarried at a secret ceremony held at a luxury eco-hotel in Cornwall.

Miss French tied the knot for the second time following a 16-month romance with Mark Bignell, the boss of a Plymouth-based drug rehabilitation charity.

The ceremony took place at The Scarlet, an award-winning hotel at Mawgan Porth, near Newquay, which features magnificent views of the North Cornwall coast.

A spokesman for the hotel confirmed that Miss French, who was brought up in Plymouth and who has a home in Cornwall, got married at the weekend, but said it was a private matter and no further details would be given.

It is understood that the wedding guest list featured a stellar line up of Miss French's showbusiness friends, including long-time writing partner Jennifer Saunders, singer Alison Moyet, actress Kathy Burke and screenwriter Richard Curtis.

Her adopted daughter Billie was also present and is believed to have sung a song during the reception.

The 55-year-old Vicar of Dibley star, who lives at stunning Point Neptune, overlooking Readymoney Cove in Fowey, was divorced from Lenny Henry in 2010 after a 25-year marriage.

In January last year she started dating twice-married Mr Bignell, the chief executive of the Hamoaze House charity, which provides a drug and alcohol rehabilitation service.

The couple were understood to have moved in together a short time later and were photographed holding hands as they walked along Cornish beaches.

In an appearance on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs in December, Dawn said it was only when Mark played her a Cocteau Twins song called Song To The Siren she knew she'd found her man.

She said: "You would fall in love if someone gave you that song."

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