The cast of The Vicar of Dibley is finally complete, with a shocking divorce, a spell on Corrie, and heartbreaking deaths.


British sitcom The Vicar of Dibley hit our screens in 1994 and Dawn French (who celebrates her 64th birthday on October 11) won hearts as the main character Geraldine Granger

Everyone’s favourite television vicar, Dawn French, turns 64 today (October 11) so to celebrate Brinkwire is taking a look at what happened to The Vicar of Dibley cast after the show came to an end.

While Dawn has gone on to enjoy continued success – and a reprisal of her best known role – some of her co-stars didn’t have as pleasant futures.

Liz Smith, Emma Chambers, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Trevor Peacock and John Bluthal have all sadly died in the years since the show ended.

Meanwhile, James Fleet enjoyed a stint in Coronation Street and Gary Waldhorn has slipped away from the spotlight.

But what else did the cast get up to after the show ended?

The jolly lady vicar had villagers in a tizz when she arrived, but won them round – even long-time foe David Horton – with her caring nature.

The final episode of the main run saw her marry hunky accountant Harry, played by Richard Armitage. Dawn revived Geraldine Granger in December for The Vicar of Dibley in lockdown, where she gave Zoom sermons to her flock.

Recently she popped up as guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. Film-wise, Dawn has been The Fat Lady in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and the voice of Mrs Beaver in the 2005 Chronicles of Narnia film.

Dawn will also be reunited with her comedy ­partner Jennifer Saunders in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming Agatha Christie film, Death On The Nile.

Now 64, she was married to comedian Lenny Henry for 25 years, but they divorced in 2010. They adopted daughter Billie, now 30, when she was just two weeks old.

Dawn has been married to charity executive Mark Bignell, 55, since 2013 and the couple live in a £3million home in Fowey, Cornwall.

Letitia appeared in seven episodes and was killed off in the 1996 Easter special. Actress Liz, who served with the women’s branch of the Royal Navy in WW2, did not find fame until she was 49.

She went on to play Nana in The Royle Family.

Liz got divorced in 1959 and brought up two children on her own. She said she struggled both financially and with how society viewed her as a single mum.

Made an MBE in 2009, she died aged 95 in 2016.

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