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Dawn French and Lenny Henry granted divorce

Lenny Henry and Dawn French, pictured in 2006
Image caption Henry and French met in 1980 and married in 1984

Comedy stars Dawn French and Lenny Henry have divorced on the grounds of his "unreasonable behaviour".

The couple did not attend the brief proceedings at the High Court in London, where French was granted a "quickie" divorce by District Judge Penny Cushing.

French, 53, and Henry, 52, announced their separation in April after 25 years of marriage.

The pair, who married in 1984, have an adopted daughter named Billie.

When their separation was announced earlier this year, their spokesman said the split was "entirely amicable".

"They fully intend to maintain their close friendship," he continued, adding their priority was "to commit to the future joint parenting of their daughter."

French is best known for her comedy collaboration with Jennifer Saunders and for her popular sitcom The Vicar of Dibley.

Comedian and TV host Henry, one of the founding figures of Comic Relief, enjoyed recent success with his theatre debut as Othello - for which he won best newcomer at the London Evening Standard theatre awards.

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