Dawn French has become "the best of friends" with husband Lenny Henry since the couple separated.

The pair - who have an adopted daughter Billie, 18, together - announced their separation after 25 years of marriage in April, and Dawn admits she is "amazed" at how close they have become since.

She told the Radio Times magazine: "Remarkably, we seem to have shifted with relative ease from a 25-year marriage to a lasting friendship.

"I am amazed by us - there is no war, we have turned out to be the best of friends."

The couple made the decision to end their union in October but waited six months to announce the "amicable" split.

At the time their representative Neil Reading said: "Lenny Henry and Dawn French are sad to announce they have decided to separate after 25 years of marriage. They made the decision last October and since then have been living together in constant, open and honest discussion.

"The separation is entirely amicable and they fully intend to maintain their close friendship. Their priority is to commit to the future joint parenting of their daughter."

The couple met on the alternative comedy circuit and married in 1984.

Despite appearing to have one of the happiest marriages in showbiz, in 1999 it was revealed Lenny had cheated on 'The Vicar of Dibley' star Dawn with a 26-year-old blonde.

He later put his behaviour down to what he called a "classic mid-life crisis".