Dawn French said she enjoyed filming “sensual” scenes for her forthcoming drama series, although it was a departure from her usual on-screen efforts.
The TV comedy star appears opposite Game Of Thrones’ Iain Glen in new four-part drama Delicious and working with him intimately was no hardship, she said.
Dawn, 59, made her confession during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, also revealing that viewers will “get to see a lot” of Iain, 55, in the programme.
She said: “I have some sensual love-making scenes which are really weird to do on film.
“I’m quite new to that, but I quite liked it I have to say!”
She added: “It is Iain Glen, for heaven’s sake, and you get to see a lot of him, which is very nice.”
The new series will show viewers a different side to Dawn, who is best known for comedy shows such as French And Saunders and The Vicar Of Dibley.
Love triangle drama Delicious is set to air on Sky 1 later in December and sees Dawn’s character, a passionate cook called Gina, go head-to-head with Sam, played by Emilia Fox, after both are betrayed by Iain’s character Leo.
While on Graham’s couch, Dawn revealed that she often gets nervous when meeting celebrities she has previously impersonated.
She said: “I hope we were never cruel about anybody – we might have been a bit cheeky.
“Most people have liked it but some have run away from us. I met Madonna recently for the first time ever and she gave me absolutely no feedback whatsoever.”
Broadcaster Michael Parkinson, another guest on the BBC programme, said that male guests would “refuse” to appear on his long-running talk show if they knew French was on it.
Michael, 81, said: “Attractive male guests used to refuse to come on if they knew Dawn was on the show!
“I made the mistake of telling her that Tom Jones’ agent had asked that no one throw knickers at Tom and Dawn and Jennifer (Saunders) turned up and covered him in large bloomers.”
Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel and Felicity Jones appeared alongside Dawn and Michael on Norton’s chat show and Jack Savoretti provided the musical entertainment.
The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One on December 16 at 10.35pm