Dawn gets hitched on the quiet

Dawn French has re-married in secret.

Dawn gets hitched on the quiet

Dawn French has re-married in secret.

The 'Vicar of Dibley' star - who divorced ex-husband Lenny Henry in 2010 after 25 years of marriage - wed therapist Mark Bignell in an intimate ceremony on Saturday following a 16 -month courtship.

The 55-year-old actress invited a small handful of guests to the special occasion, including comedy partner Jennifer Saunders, which took place near Dawn's home in the small seaside town of Fowey in south Cornwall.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It was an incredible wedding and Dawn looked beautiful and didn't stop smiling all day.

"There was a lovely ceremony at a hotel overlooking the sea and later people watched the sun go down as they enjoyed the first drinks of the evening. The weather was unbelievable for April. It was a perfect day for a perfect couple."

Dawn reportedly hired the entire Fowey Hall hotel for her big day, where 70 guests - also including comic Kathy Burke and screenwriter Richard Curtis - are thought to have enjoyed a musical performance from singer Alison Moyet, who sang a medley of her hits especially for Dawn.

The 'French and Saunders' comedienne's 21-year-old daughter Billie - who she adopted with Lenny during their marriage - is also said to have performed at the ceremony.

Dawn met 49-year-old Mark - who runs Hamoaze House, a charity that helps recovering drug addicts - in 2012 and previously admitted she didn't expect to find love again following her first marriage.

She said: "I definitely didn't think I would meet someone else. I was enjoying time to myself. Then of course that is when I met him."

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