'After being honest with each other, they just decided they want to move on with their lives.'Although they have always lived together, they were effectively living separate lives.
For Lenny Henry, it was an occasion he never imagined would become a reality.
Last November, after decades as a self-confessed down-to-earth comedian, he found himself on stage in London to collect a prestigious theatre award for his critically acclaimed performance as Shakespeare's Othello.
Dawn French has separated from Lenny Henry after their 25-year marriage failed to recover from his infidelity.
The comedy stars split in secret six months ago, but 'had been living together in constant, open and honest discussion' before deciding to make an official announcement, their publicist said yesterday.
The couple also own a Berkshire home and a London flat.