Moved to Milton of Campsie in 1982, attended Kilsyth Academy from around 1987-1993.
Dawn is a supporter of The National Autistic Society (UK).
Was 6 months pregnant with her daughter Coco when she took maternity leave from filming the 7th series of Wild at Heart (2006).
Studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow from 1994-1998, supporting her early career as a waitress in the Rogano Restaurant. She graduated with First Class Honours in July 1998, and was the winner of the Silver Medal in 1998.
Her voice is mezzo soprano.