Dawn French rocks silver bob and sneakers on red carpet and looks fab

Dawn French's trademark bob is back with a silver twist as fans gush over the Welsh comedian's recent West End appearance

Dawn French rocks silver bob and sneakers on red carpet and looks fab
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Dawn French debuted a brand new hairstyle on the red carpet in London this week, having switched up her old pixie cut for a sharp silver bob. 

The British comedian attended the West End opening night of Oklahoma! at the Wyndham's Theatre on Tuesday, marking her first public appearance of 2023. 

French went for her trademark monochromatic style for the glitzy event, gracing the red carpet in a bejeweled black dress with a black jacket and black leggings. The 65-year-old teamed her outfit with a shiny black handbag and a pair of comfortable, white-laced black sneakers for a casual twist. The exciting outing comes just a few days after Dawn French's 'new boyfriend' reveal left her devout fans in absolute stitches. 


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It was Dawn French's new hair at the West End show, however, that had everybody talking. The Vicar of Dibley star wore a new silver bob at the musical event, having spent most of last year growing out a cropped pixie cut. The sleek hairstyle, which also had a blunt fringe and curled ends, appears to be an updated version of the signature brunette bob French has been known for since breaking onto the showbiz scene in 1994. 

The French and Saunders star first revealed that she decided to stop dying her hair brown during the COVID-19 pandemic, after becoming less motivated to maintain the rigorous color treatments at home.

"The real trigger came during the lockdowns when I was dying my hair myself, and I just couldn’t be bothered to keep doing it," she told Good Housekeeping.

"I let my natural grey come through. I also cut some of it myself - to my hairdresser's alarm!"

French went on to document much of her natural hair growth journey on Instagram, regularly sharing new photos of her silver locks with fans. 

In September 2021, she revealed that she had chopped off all of her dyed hair to start the process of embracing her "old bob" in "full grey glory." 

"Cutting off all the old colour…gradually getting there with the grey… starting short…," she wrote. "It’s a process… I’m not great at patience…"

Fans of the Welsh actor were quick to applaud the move, with many sharing their own experiences of ditching the dye in the comments section below. 

"I did this 4 years ago as I was sick of dying my roots every 2 weeks. Best decision I’ve ever made! Had 18 months of awful hairdos growing out but was so worth it! Now my hair is silver grey all over, completely natural, and the healthiest it’s ever been! Welcome to grey side silver sister," one person wrote. 

Emma Dooney
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Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

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