He committed suicide when French was nineteen and he was forty-five having left the RAF. What I do worry about is anyone else making the decision for her. She co-starred alongside Sue Johnston (as the lead character Sal) Jennifer Saunders (regular bit-part as Caroline - also created and wrote the series) and Joanna Lumley (regular bit-part Delilah).
Dawn Roma French (born 11 October 1957) is an English actress writer and comedian. She is best known for starring in and writing for the comedy sketch show French and Saunders with comedy partner Jennifer Saunders and also for playing the lead role of Geraldine Granger in the sitcom The Vicar of Dibley. She has been nominated for seven BAFTA Awards and also won a Fellowship BAFTA along with Saunders.