Jennifer Saunders

Star of Absolutely Fabulous and Edge Hill University’s Honorary Graduate Jennifer Saunders returns to the Ormskirk campus for a special event, Jennifer Saunders in Conversation.

The event, taking place on Friday 27th January, will see Jennifer entertain an audience with stories from her 30-year career in the entertainment industry which has included winning two BAFTAs, an International Emmy Award, a British Comedy Award, a Rose d’Or Light Entertainment Festival Award, two Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards, and a People’s Choice Award.

She will be joined by Edge Hill University Chancellor, colleague and “best mate” Professor Tanya Byron. The pair first met on the set of French & Saunders, when Tanya made a guest appearance on the show. Since then, they have worked on several projects together, including co-writing the BBC TV series The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle.  

Regarded as one of the country’s most successful comediennes, Jennifer is known for her legendary role as fashion PR Edina Monsoon in sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. The show returns to TV screens over the festive period for a Christmas special after seven year break, which includes cameos from celebrities such as Stella McCartney, Dame Kelly Holmes and Emma Bunton.

Also working as one half of comedy sketch show, French & Saunders with Dawn French, Jennifer has changed the way that UK audiences think about and react to funny women.   Working as part of a vanguard of female comics, she has helped to shift the public view of female figures from the ‘object’ of comedic situations, epitomised by mother-in-law jokes, to becoming the subject, the protagonist and leader of humour.        

Edge Hill University Vice-Chancellor Dr John Cater, said: “It is a real privilege that our good friend and honorary graduate Jennifer Saunders has agreed to return to the University once again and, on this occasion, share  thoughts and memories from her influential life and career with a broader audience.  We are certain that this will be an evening to remember and look forward to welcoming friends old and new to the University for what will be one of the highlights of the New Year.”

This event is now fully booked.