Dawn French and Lenny Henry were married for 25 years and are adoptive parents to daughter Billie

Dawn French has been spotted walking hand-in-hand with her new man on a Cornwall beach.

The comedienne, who's lost 7st since her divorce from Lenny Henry, has reportedly been dating twice-married father of 2 Mark Bignell, 49, for 2 months.

'They make a great couple and are very happy together,' a friend tells The Sun.

Mark is believed to be the chief executive of the Hamoaze House charity, which helps recovering drug and alcohol abusers.

Dawn's spokesman insisted last summer that her huge 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,' Dawn, 54, told the Daily Mirror.

'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...'

Funny man Lenny, 53, and Dawn divorced in 2010 and he now dates producer Lisa Makin, 45.

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