Dawn French's comedienne friend approves of her new life

Jennifer Saunders is a big fan of Dawn French‘s new man.

The comedienne thinks her friend’s 7st weight loss has only led to good things – including her romance with charity executive Mark Bignell, 49.

‘She watches what she eats and walks for miles,’ Jennifer, 53, tells Woman’s Own.

‘She looks sensational and it hasn’t harmed her love life either – I’ve met her new bloke and he’s completely delightful.’

Dawn was recently spotted strolling hand-in-hand with Mark on a Cornwall beach, confirming the rumours she’s found love again following her split with her husband of 25 years, Lenny Henry, 53.

Her spokesman insisted last summer that her weight loss had nothing to do with her love life, but by November she admitted that she’d started dating.

‘I’m just trying to have a bit of fun every now and again,’ said Dawn, 54.

‘I go out a lot in Cornwall, I go to music things, I go out to dinner a lot, I go to gallery opening so I do meet new people.

‘Equally, I’m not a predator, I’m not going out looking…’

PICTURE GALLERY Dawn French‘s weight loss story>>

NEW PICTURES Dawn French snapped with new man>>

SEE PICTURES Celebrity weight gains and losses>>

SEE PICTURES Celebrity splits 2011>>

SEE PICTURES Celebrity splits 2010>>

Esme Riley