MerelyÂ walking onto a university campus is a situation that would fill her alter ego Abfab’s unforgettable Eddie Monsoon with horror.
But courageous actress Jennifer Saunders was delighted to model a traditional graduation gown and cap to receive her honorary degree.
After her recent battle with cancer the infamous comedian looked the perfect picture of health as she sat patiently waiting to collect her doctorate.
Jennifer, best known for herÂ hilarious character PR guru Eddie in her award winning sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, looked simply radiant and confident as she laughed along with fellow graduate student at Edge Hill University in Lancaster were she studied.
The actress graciously thanked the university for the honour and in true Jennifer Saunders style, addressed the audience excusing herself saying she was not used to making speeches but nevertheless had decided to prepare one with the kind of ‘diligence and intensity that so many of you would have put into your essays and into your exam work’.
To raucous laughter and applause Jennifer added: “So i started last night.’
The women acquainted with leaving a smile wherever she goes has recently victoried in her struggle against breast cancer.
The legendary actress found a number of malignant lumps last year and undergone the grueling process of chemotherapy and radiotherapy to win back control. Thankfully she has been in remission since finishing her treatment in March.
Ms Saunders shot to fame as a member of the Comic Strip with partners in crime comedians Dawn French and her husband Adrian Edmondson.
Last year the the nation waved goodbye to the much loved comic duo as she and Dawn bowed out of their 30-year comedy partnership with a series of live shows.
However, Jennifer is best know for her BBC comedy Absolutely Fabulous which aired for the first time in 1992. This show was the birth of terrible twosome
Eddie Monsoon and Patsy Stone, played by Jennifer herself and actress turned human rights activist Joanna Lumley.
There is no stopping Jennifer, despite her war against cancer and finding the time to gain an honours degree, Lumley recently confirmed that the show will grace our screens once more for a three-part series this Christmas.
It will be the first time we see the characters get up to mischief in six years. Filming is scheduled to start next early month.
Meanwhile, spreading more love and laughter on the airwaves, Jennifer is also said to team up with her French and Saunders co-star Dawn French once again for a special Radio 2 broadcast. Which is booked to run on Monday August 29th between 12 and 2pm.
A source close to the star said: ‘The positive response that we’ve had to their previous shows from the Radio 2 audience has been phenomenal, so we’re delighted that they’re to return to Radio 2 for another bank holiday special.’