Tragic deaths, dementia, and significant weight loss have befallen the cast of The Vicar of Dibley.

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Dawn French will be returning as Reverend Geraldine Granger in brand new episode of The Vicar of Dibley this Christmas, and the BBC is re-airing the original series from tonight (Monday)

The Vicar of Dibley cast has been hit by some major tragedies since the iconic show ended, with multiple deaths and heartbreaking illnesses.

However the BBC delivered some good news last week when it was announced that Dawn French would be returning as Reverend Geraldine Granger in some brand new episodes this Christmas.

On top of that, the original series is being re-aired on BBC One, with the first ever episode going out tonight (Monday).

As millions of fans get ready to re-live their favourite moments and look forward to some new episodes, Brinkwire is taking a look back at the cast and where they are now.

Dawn French is obviously the most recognised star of the show after playing the main character of Reverend Geraldine Granger.

The 63-year-old was married to comedian Lenny Henry when The Vicar of Dibley first aired, however they announced their split on April 6, 2010 before finalising their divorce later in the year.

She has now been married to charity executive Mark Bignell since 2013, after starting to date in 2011.

Dawn’s career has been long and successful since her iconic role, also turning her hand to hosting work too.

She has been the presenter of ITV’s Little Big Shots since 2017 and is slated to be a guest judge on the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

Dawn has starred in films including Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, while also lending her voice to The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Coraline.

Away from the cameras, the British icon has been on a major journey with weight loss and started to shed the pounds in 2011.

She explained in 2014 it was so she could have keyhole surgery for a hysterectomy following a troubling cancer scare.

But, speaking on her podcast French and Saunders: T**ting About, Dawn said she is “back to being an entire barrel” but “doesn’t give a f***” after losing seven-and-a-half stone previously.

She said: “I’m not going to stingy to myself anymore. I never did dislike anything about my body, even when I was very, very fat. I refuse to be forced to dislike myself.”

Gary Waldhorn played David Horton in every episode of The Vicar of Dibley. Brinkwire presents summary news.

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