Dawn French paid her fans not to read an 'untruthful' unauthorised biography

By Seamus Duff

Dawn French has revealed she was so offended by an unauthorised biography written about her that she paid fans not to read it.

The 63-year-old comedy legend was distressed by the book – which she has not explicitly identified – as it contained “big untruths” about her life that left both her and her mother upset.

The star was then horrified when when fans began bringing the book to events in order for her to sign – prompting her to start paying off her fans to prevent them reading the material.

Dawn says she considered taking legal action against the unauthorised book, but opted instead to write her own official memories in order to set the record straight.

Daw French says she paid fans not to read an unauthorised biography about her that she hated (Getty)

According to The Sunday Telegraph, Dawn opened up about the ordeal the unauthorised biography caused while she was speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

She said: “The book came out and – it may seem like tiny errors – but they add up to a misrepresentation of you.

“There were big untruths in this book about my dad and my mum – who was still alive then – and she was massively hurt by it and wanted me to get the lawyers involved.

The star was distressed when fans presented the book to her to sign (PA)

“But I realised that if we were going to do this, Mum would have to stand up in court and answer questions about her marriage to my dad. It wasn’t worth it.”

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports the star decided to go to extreme measures to get rid of the books from fans when they started bringing copies to signings while she was on tour with Jennifer Saunders.

She said: “Because it was the only book out there about me, people would bring it for me to sign. These are lovely people. I didn’t sign, but what I started to do was take the book and give the person £20.

Dawn released her official autobiography in 2007 (WENN)
The star's latest fiction novel, Because Of You, was released last year (File)

“Jennifer said, ‘You can’t keep doing that, you’re not going to earn anything off the tour.’

“So my only recourse was to write my own book. I’m glad I did it.”

Dawn’s actual autobiography, titled Dear Fatty, was released in 2007 and was written in the form of letters to her family.

She also wrote a subsequent autobiography, titled Me. You. A Diary, which was released in 2017.

Attending the Cheltenham Literature Festival – which continues until the 17th October – Dawn was promoting her latest fiction book, Because Of You, which was published last year.

She opened up about her views on professional criticism during her chat, saying: “If someone says I can’t concentrate because all I’m looking at is her big fat bum – which is the kind of criticism I get – then I can’t do that scene without thinking about it.

"And I don’t want that kind of nonsense in my head.

“I don’t look at the reviews until the last night. It’s a kind of tradition if I’m doing theatre, like where I have done my own show – I get all the reviews and have a 'big rum'. On the very last night I read them, drink the rum and then it’s gone.”


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