On tonight's Graham Norton Show, Dawn explains how she missed out on a part in the film version of Abba musical

On The Graham Norton Show tonight Dawn French reveals her singing voice cost her a part in the movie version of the Abba musical Mamma Mia.

Speaking on this evening’s show, Dawn says, “I was asked to read for the part and was told it was pretty much mine. I just had to do a musical audition but it was definitely in the bag. Everyone at the audition was lovely and chatty with me until I sang. I was so nervous that I couldn’t sing at all. It was terrible and as I left the room, all those people that had been so lovely to me were just staring at the table and no one said a word. By the time I got downstairs my agent had texted to say, ‘This just isn’t going to work, love!”

Dawn also talks to Graham about her BBC Christmas special with comedy partner Jennifer Saunders,  300 Years Of French And Saunders. Dawn says, “We filmed in front of a live audience. The capacity of the studio was 300 people and 35,000 applied for tickets! There is life in the old girls yet!”

Also on tonight’s show Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black talk about their new film Jumanji and Jessica Chastain chats about her new movie Molly’s Game. Also joining them on the sofa is Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson who talks about her recent high-profile legal win. Music comes from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

The Graham Norton Show is on BBC1 tonight (Friday December 8th) at 10.35pm