The Vicar of Dibley cast now – bombshell divorce, Corrie stint and tragic deaths

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Everyone's favourite television vicar, Dawn French, turns 64 today (October 11) so to celebrate Daily Star is taking a look at what happened to The Vicar of Dibley cast after the show came to an end.

While Dawn has gone on to enjoy continued success – and a reprisal of her best known role – some of her co-stars didn't have as pleasant futures.

Liz Smith, Emma Chambers, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Trevor Peacock and John Bluthal have all sadly died in the years since the show ended.

Meanwhile, James Fleet enjoyed a stint in Coronation Street and Gary Waldhorn has slipped away from the spotlight.

But what else did the cast get up to after the show ended?

Dawn French (Geraldine Granger)

The jolly lady vicar had villagers in a tizz when she arrived, but won them round – even long-time foe David Horton – with her caring nature.

The final episode of the main run saw her marry hunky accountant Harry, played by Richard Armitage. Dawn revived Geraldine Granger in December for The Vicar of Dibley in lockdown, where she gave Zoom sermons to her flock.

Recently she popped up as guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. Film-wise, Dawn has been The Fat Lady in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and the voice of Mrs Beaver in the 2005 Chronicles of Narnia film.

Dawn will also be reunited with her comedy ­partner Jennifer Saunders in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming Agatha Christie film, Death On The Nile.

Now 64, she was married to comedian Lenny Henry for 25 years, but they divorced in 2010. They adopted daughter Billie, now 30, when she was just two weeks old.

Dawn has been married to charity executive Mark Bignell, 55, since 2013 and the couple live in a £3million home in Fowey, Cornwall.

Liz Smith (Letitia Cropley)

Letitia appeared in seven episodes and was killed off in the 1996 Easter special. Actress Liz, who served with the women’s branch of the Royal Navy in WW2, did not find fame until she was 49.

She went on to play Nana in The Royle Family.

Liz got divorced in 1959 and brought up two children on her own. She said she struggled both financially and with how society viewed her as a single mum.

Made an MBE in 2009, she died aged 95 in 2016.

John Bluthal (Frank Pickle)

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Fussy and dull, Frank was the secretary for the Dibley parish council meetings.

Born in Poland, his family emigrated to Australia in 1938.

John had previously featured in a number of Carry On films and, after playing Frank, he appeared in the 2016 Coen Brothers flick Hail Caesar! which also featured George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson.

He died in Australia in November 2018 aged 89.

Trevor Peacock (Jim Trott)

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His death was announced earlier this year but Trevor kept working until 2015.

He had one-off appearances in a string of shows such as My Family, Jonathan Creek, EastEnders and The Old Guys and played Papa Claus in 2007 Vince Vaughn flick Fred Claus.

Before becoming an actor, he was a songwriter and penned 1960s Herman’s Hermits’ pop classic Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter.

He was married twice and leaves two sons, Daniel and Harry Peacock, who are both actors.

Emma Chambers (Alice Tinker)

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As the ditzy verger, every episode finished with Geraldine telling her a joke – only for Alice to either overreact or be completely bemused.

Sadly Emma, who also played Hugh Grant’s sister in the movie Notting Hill, died of a heart attack aged just 53 in 2018.

Paying tribute after her death, Dawn French said: “Emma was a very bright spark and the most loyal and loving friend anyone could wish for.”

She left behind actor ­husband Ian M Dunn.

Gary Waldhorn (David Horton)

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David was Geraldine’s pompous nemesis and chairman of the parish council.

Viewers were occasionally treated to a glimpse of his softer side such as when he coyly popped the question to the vicar.

Now 77, the married father-of-one has made the odd TV appearance after his turn in Dibley, including an episode of the BBC’s Hotel Babylon, but has not been a regular fixture on screens.

James Fleet (Hugo Horton)

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David Horton’s bumbling son Hugo was often a figure of fun but found love with Alice.

James has been in films including Blithe Spirit, Billionaire Boy and The Phantom of the Opera.

In 2010 he played a Corrie jailbird who took Hayley Cropper and Carla Connor hostage before being shot.

James, now 68, lives in Oxfordshire with his actress wife Jane Booker.

Oh, and he’s only nine years younger than Gary Waldhorn, who played his dad!

Roger Lloyd-Pack (Owen Newitt)

Lloyd-Pack was famous as Del Boy’s dozy mate Trigger in Only Fools And Horses before playing Owen, who had rather a lot of affection for both his farm animals and Geraldine.

The actor went on to star in Doctor Who, The Old Guys and New Tricks.

Lloyd-Pack died in 2014, aged 69, following a battle with cancer.

He was married twice and had three sons and a daughter, Emily Lloyd, who followed in his acting footsteps.

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