Dawn French admitted that she initially turned down her famous role in the cuddly sitcom The Vicar Of Dibley because she didn't think her part was very funny.

The 55-year-old actress, played local village priest Geraldine Granger in the long-running British show, but explained that she was worried audiences wouldn't be amused by such a holy lead character.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4, French said: "I thought, 'How on earth do you play a central character who's so blooming good?' I thought, 'Where are the flaws? Where is the monster in this woman?' That's what I understand comedy to be."

The Vicar Of Dibley ran for 13 years before it came to an end in 2007.