Dawn French is one of the queens of British comedy. She's hilarious, down-to-Earth, and generally just an incredible person.

Many of us will remember sitting down to watch her in French and Saunders and The Vicar of Dibley, she was brilliant.

However, when you picture Dawn, you probably think of her looking a bit like this...

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Obviously, she's always had beauty as well as brains, and in the past she's spoken openly about her weight and said it's not something she's ever really been that fussed over. However, back in 2014 she was hoping to undergo a hysterectomy. Weighing in at 19-and-a-half stone, she was too big to have keyhole surgery.

While on tour a few years back, she told the audience: "When I was due to have my hysterectomy the doc told me that if I could lose some weight before the op, they would be able to do it via keyhole and I would recover in three weeks or so.

"Otherwise it would be big open surgery and three months to recover. So I set about dropping a few stone.

"No magic wand, just tiny, joyless low-cal eating and lots more walking for weeks and weeks. It was grim. I lost seven-and-a-half stone. I could have the keyhole surgery. Great. That's all it was, practical."

Fast forward a few years, and her weightloss is really showing...

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Blimey, is that even the same person?! She spoke about the fact she's turning 60 tomorrow, and no one can quite believe it.

Fans gushed over her appearance, taking to Twitter to share their shock of how different she looks.

Speaking to Woman Magazine recently, she explained: "I have a great fondness for that other body. I knew it very well and I don't know this one as well, not yet.

"I was never actually unhappy then so it's not the case that I was miserable and I'm happy now."

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She looks great either way, but fair play to her for focusing on a goal and reaching it.

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her - mel.ramsay@pretty52.com

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