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Dawn French reveals racists tried to burn down her house when she was married to Lenny Henry | Entertainment Daily
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Dawn French reveals racists tried to burn down her house when she was married to Lenny Henry

They also left excrement at their front door

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Dawn French has opened up about the shocking racist abuse levelled at her and ex-husband Lenny Henry during their 25-year marriage.

The comedian has revealed in a new interview that thugs tried to burn down their family home.

She also explained that poo was left at their front door.

Lenny and Dawn pictured in 2006 (Credit: Wenn)

Dawn told the Sunday Times: “I never thought, ‘Oh, look at me in a mixed-race relationship!’

“I fell in love with a man and he happened to be black and we adopted a mixed-race daughter.

“I only realised it was an issue when there was hatred from utter [expletive].

“Although that was hugely disappointing and shocking, you have to get past it.

“Getting [poo] on your doorstep — these things make you steel up a bit and think: ‘Bring it on, I can deal with this.’

“And we were lucky we had a big house and a gate and could employ people to protect us when we needed it.

“Lots of mixed-race couples weren’t so lucky.”

Dawn and Lenny divorced in 2010; they share adopted daughter Billie and remain close.

The Delicious star previously commented: “Remarkably, we seem to have shifted with relative ease from a 25-year marriage to a lasting friendship.

“I am amazed by us – there is no war, we’ve turned out to be the best of friends.

“There were lots of good years but one tricky last year.”

Dawn found love – and marriage – again after Lenny (Credit: Wenn)

In 2013, she married charity boss, Mark Bignell, whom she’d begun dating the year earlier, and they live together in Cornwall.

Of their relationship, she has revealed: “I remarried and I married a very cheerful man, and I’ve come to realise just how ­important cheerfulness is – it’s a wonderful thing.”