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Dawn French talks recent weight gain during frank discussion

French and Saunders are back!

Sharnaz Shahid

Dawn French has opened up about her weight gain in recent months. The Vicar of Dibley star, 62, had previously surprised fans with her major weight loss overhaul in 2014.

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Opening up about her experience in her new podcast French & Saunders: Titting About with her comedy partner Jennifer Saunders, the actress explained: "I've gone back to being an entire barrel but do you know what, I'm going to be 63 this year, I don't give a [explicit].

"I really don't, so long as I can walk. I'm not going to be stingy to myself anymore."

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"I never did dislike anything about my body, even when I was very, very fat. I refuse to be forced to dislike myself," she added.

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On the downside to her previous weight loss, Dawn confessed: "I used to get really angry when I did lose weight, people going, 'You look so well,' as if you looked awful before - rewarding you for managing it, which is not easy, I accept that. But I didn't want people to give me approval. It's so patronising."

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Dawn pictured at the Glamour Women of The Year awards in 2017

The star lost more than seven-and-a-half stone as she prepared to have a hysterectomy back in 2014. At the time, Dawn opened up about her weight loss during her 30 Million Minutes tour, telling the audience: "When I was due to have my hysterectomy the doctor told me that if I could lose some weight before the op, they would be able to do it via keyhole, and I would recover in three weeks or so.

"Otherwise it would be big open surgery, and three months to recover. So, I set about dropping a few stone. No magic wand, just tiny, joyless low-cal eating and lots more walking for weeks and weeks. It was grim. I lost seven-and-a-half stone. I could have the keyhole surgery. Great. That’s all it was, practical."

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French & Saunders: Titting About is out now

Meanwhile, Dawn and Jennifer's new podcast series will see the duo discuss six topics, from useful tips on airport shopping to naming their top-three vegetables. Dawn and Jennifer leave no stone unturned in their thorough quest to entertain, humour and enlighten.

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