Dawn French has sex with the lights on.

The 58-year-old comedian, who married Mark Bignell two years ago, has admitted she's never felt the need to get frisky underneath the sheets in complete darkness because she feels comfortable and confident in her skin.

She said: ''I've never been somebody to have sex with the lights off. I don't mind getting my gear off. I never have and I think, 'Why is this different [for some other women]?' ''

The pint-size beauty, who has claimed she's never done an interview without her weight being mentioned, believes her high level of self-esteem stems from her positive childhood.

She explained: ''When I realised that so many women I met had such massive problems about weight, I thought, 'Why don't I feel like this? Why am I not in this same hellish place?' Why do I have a little bit of confident about my body and sexual presence?' ''

She added to The Times newspaper's magazine: ''And all I could think of was that in my family this was not an issue. All I had was praise, especially from my father ...

''He said some stuff that helped me to have a lot of self-esteem. I only understood that as I got older.''