Jennifer Saunders

Jennifer Saunders

Highest Rated: 90% Coraline (2009)

Lowest Rated: 35% Spice World (1998)

Birthday: Jul 12, 1958

Birthplace: Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England

Though occasional appearances in American feature films (Muppet Treasure Island, Shrek 2) and sitcoms (Roseanne) highlight her resumé, the hyperkinetic and overmodulated British comedian Jennifer Saunders is indelibly associated with two English series programs: the sketch comedy/variety show French & Saunders and the wild sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, which skewers mercilessly the decadent pretension of British haute couture.Born July 6, 1958, in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England, to a father stationed in the RAF, Saunders, like many children of military families, acquired and honed a sharp sense of humor at a tender age, perhaps as a way to cope psychologically with being constantly shuttled from town to town. In the late '70s, Saunders enrolled as a student in London's Central School of Speech and Drama, where she met and befriended lifelong collaborator Dawn French while studying to become a drama teacher. French suggested that they respond to an advertisement placed in Stage magazine for aspiring comedians, and the success of that audition yielded a regular on-stage sketch-comedy gig at The Comic Strip Club -- alongside Peter Richardson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, and many other established talents. As this list suggests, the preponderance of comedians at that time were male, which set French and Saunders apart from the pack and placed them in Britain's then-burgeoning "alternative comedy" niche. When the Comic Strip team graduated their skits to the eponymously titled BBC program The Comic Strip Presents... in 1982, French and Saunders moved with them; the original run of that program lasted until 1988, with four- and three-year revivals in 1990 and 1998, respectively.Over the next several years, Saunders co-starred in a number of BBC television series comedies, including Happy Families (1985), Girls on Top (which placed her alongside the legendary Tracey Ullman and Ruby Wax), and -- in occasional cameos -- The Young Ones (1982). Then, in 1987, the BBC granted Saunders and French their own sketch comedy program, aptly titled French & Saunders. That program debuted in 1987 and not only broke untold ground for up-and-coming British comediennes but became a massive hit and ran indefinitely. The pair scripted episodes and starred in them.A sketch in the third season of French & Saunders -- done by Saunders during French's brief sabbatical from the program -- inspired Saunders to create a character for a new series: that of the pill-popping, booze-swilling, outrageously vulgar '60s has-been-turned-PR mogul Edina Monsoon -- played by Saunders herself. Entitled Absolutely Fabulous (and done sans French), the program paired Monsoon with best friend Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley), the inhabitant of a liquor store and a magazine editor. Episodes found Edina not only contending with the vicissitudes of a debauched lifestyle, but grappling her way through tumultuous relationships with her teenage daughter, Saffron (Julia Sawalha), and naïve mom, known only as Mother and Gran (June Whitfield). The program scored as a massive hit not only in Britain, but on American cable stations. Yet its run was surprisingly short given this popularity; it aired from 1992 to 1993, then resurfaced briefly in 1996, and came around for a third go between 2001 and 2003.As mentioned, Saunders provided one of the voices in 2004's CG-animated Shrek 2 (that of the Fairy Godmother); she also voiced Miss Spink in directors Henry Selick and Michael Cachuela's stop-motion animated fantasy Coraline (2009).Saunders is married to Adrian Edmondson, one of her former on-stage collaborators from the Comic Strip troupe. They have three daughters.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Death on the Nile Actor 2020
38% Patrick Actor 2019
70% Isn't It Romantic Natalie's Mom 2019
72% Sing Nana $270.4M 2016
58% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Edina Monsoon Screenwriter Executive Producer $4.8M 2016
55% Minions Queen Elizabeth II $278M 2015
No Score Yet Stick Man Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Boy in the Dress Actor 2014
90% Coraline Miss Spink $75.2M 2009
No Score Yet L'Entente cordiale Gwendoline 2006
89% Shrek 2 Fairy Godmother $436.5M 2004
No Score Yet Absolument Fabuleux (Absolutely Fabulous) Herself Screenwriter 2001
No Score Yet French & Saunders Live Actor 2000
35% Spice World Fashionable Woman 1998
73% Muppet Treasure Island Mrs. Bluveridge 1996
81% In the Bleak Midwinter (A Midwinter's Tale) Nancy Crawford 1996
No Score Yet How To Be Absolutely Fabulous Actor 1996
No Score Yet Prince Cinders Actor 1994
43% Eat the Rich Lady Caroline 1987
No Score Yet Supergrass Lesley 1985

TV

Credit
83% The Stranger
2020
Heidi Doyle 2020
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest 2020
2016
2013
2012
2011
No Score Yet Moominvalley
2019
Voice Mymble 2019
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest 2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest 2016
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009-2019
Guest 2016
96% Absolutely Fabulous
1992-2012
Creator Screenwriter Edina Monsoon 2016
2013
2012
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
1996
1995
1994
1992
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
Guest 2008
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Screenwriter Edina 1996
No Score Yet Blandings
2013-2014
No Score Yet French & Saunders
1990-2004
Performer

QUOTES FROM Jennifer Saunders CHARACTERS

Queen Elizabeth II says: Gentlemen do not steal lady's crowns!!!!

Queen Elizabeth II says: Gentlemen do not steal lady's crowns!

Fairy Godmother says: I told you before, ogres don't live happily ever after!

Fairy Godmother says: Harold! You were meant to give her the potion!

Fairy Godmother says: Harold! You were supposed to give her the potion!

King Harold says: Well, I think I gave her the wrong tea!

King Harold says: Well, I must have given her the wrong tea!

Fairy Godmother says: The ogre! That's what!

Fairy Godmother says: Yes!

Miss Spink says: Never wear green in your dressing room!

Miss Forcible says: Acquire a very tall stepladder.

Miss Spink says: And be very, very careful.

Miss Spink says: Giraffes don't just fall out of the sky, Miriam! *Taffy bowl falls*

Miss Spink says: Giraffes don't just fall out of the sky, Miriam! [Taffy bowl falls]

Miss Forcible says: Oh! Lord.

Miss Spink says: I see a very peculiar hand...

Miss Forcible says: *turns cup around* I see a giraffe.

Miss Forcible says: [turns cup around] I see a giraffe.