Dawn French’s husband appointed an MBE in New Year Honours

Dawn French’s husband has been appointed an MBE in the New Year Honours list.

Mark Bignell has been made a Member of the British Empire by the Queen for “services to people with problematic use of alcohol and other substances in Plymouth” in his role as chief executive of Hamoaze House.

Mark, who lives with the actress, comedian and author in Fowey, co-founded the charity with Dawn’s late mum Roma.

The therapist has been married to Dawn for seven years.

She once told Saga magazine: “His work is quiet and understated – and it’s best it remains like that.”

Hamoaze House helps recovering drug abusers and alcoholics reintegrate into society.

Other people from Cornwall who have been recognised include David Walrond, former principal at Truro and Penwith College and Callywith College, who receives an OBE, and Jacqueline Burt, of Stoke Climsland, who gets an MBE for services to people with brain injuries.

You can read the full list of Cornwall-based recipients here.

Cornwall Live