Jennifer Saunders is a British actress, comedian, and writer, most notably known for her role as Edina Monsoon in the British sitcom “Absolutely Fabulous.”
Saunders began her career in the comedic world as part of The Comic Strip after graduating from the Central School of Speech and Drama. She gained significant recognition for her work on the television series “French and Saunders,” where she partnered with her long-time collaborator Dawn French. Her role as Edina Monsoon in “Absolutely Fabulous,” which she also wrote, became a cultural phenomenon, solidifying her as a leading figure in British comedy. The series was notable for its unapologetic humor and keen observations on social and pop culture, earning her a lasting place in the annals of television history.
Over her extensive career, Jennifer Saunders has worked with a wide range of celebrities and talents. Dawn French has been her most frequent collaborator, but her list of partnerships extends to other luminaries such as Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Kathy Burke, and Lulu. Beyond the world of comedy, she has worked with music icons such as Marianne Faithfull and Emma Bunton. Her collaborations even stretch into the realm of literature, where she has worked with writer Ruby Wax.
Saunders’ contributions to the field of comedy and entertainment have been acknowledged through various awards and honors. She received a BAFTA award for Best Comedy Series for “Absolutely Fabulous,” a Rose d’Or Light Entertainment Festival Award, and even a People’s Choice Award in the U.S., demonstrating her cross-Atlantic appeal. Her work has also been recognized by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, which bestowed upon her their prestigious lifetime achievement award.