The Harry Potter star has been one of the leading comics on the small screen in the U.K. for more than 20 years, but failed to make an impression on her new beau Mark Bignell until her mother introduced them last year (11).
She tells Saga magazine, "I'm not boasting, but you'd actually have to have not watched television for the past 20 years to have avoided me. And he'd managed to do just that.
"He didn't ask to get caught up in my world - and what it involves in terms of media scrutiny.
"He sort of knew who I was. He's encouraging and supportive, but my job doesn't mean any more to him than anyone else's."
French split from her husband of 24 years, fellow comic Lenny Henry, in 2009.