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Born: September 9, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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An attractive supporting player with cascades of curly brown hair and expressive eyes, Julia Sawalha is best known to American audiences as Saffron, the straight-laced daughter of free spirit Edina Monsoon on the cult hit comedy "Absolutely Fabulous" (1993-95). The daughter of Jordanian character actor Nadim Sawalha, she spent five years attending the Italia Conti Academy before embarking on an acting career. After three seasons appearing in plays based on C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia", Sawalha landed her first major role, the lead in the British children's series "Press Gang" (ITV, 1989-93). After landing the role of Saffron, Sawalha co-starred in another British sitcom "Second Thoughts", as a rebellious teenager. Her older sister Nadia appeared in several episodes as well.

An attractive supporting player with cascades of curly brown hair and expressive eyes, Julia Sawalha is best known to American audiences as Saffron, the straight-laced daughter of free spirit Edina Monsoon on the cult hit comedy "Absolutely Fabulous" (1993-95). The daughter of Jordanian character actor Nadim Sawalha, she spent five years attending the Italia Conti Academy before embarking on an acting career. After three seasons appearing in plays based on C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia", Sawalha landed her first major role, the lead in the British children's series "Press Gang" (ITV, 1989-93). After landing the role of Saffron, Sawalha co-starred in another British sitcom "Second Thoughts", as a rebellious teenager. Her older sister Nadia appeared in several episodes as well.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Venus & Mars (2003) Marie
2.
 Chicken Run (2000) Voice Of Ginger
3.
 Wind in the Willows, The (1997) Jailer'S Daughter
5.
 Midwinter's Tale, A (1995) Nina
6.
 Buddy's Song (1990) Kelly
8.
 Mirrorball (2001) Freda Keill
10.
 Kidnapper, The (1996)
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Born and raised in London
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Spent holidays with family in Jordan
1978:
Educated at Italia Conti Academy
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Began acting career in series of stage plays based on C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia", directed by Ken Hill; spent three seasons with this troupe
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First starring role in the British children's TV series "Press Gang" on ITV
1991:
Feature film debut, "Buddy's Song"
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Played Saffron on "Absolutely Fabulous" (aired in US on Comedy Central in 1994-96)
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Co-starred in British comedy series "Second Thoughts"; Sawalha's sister Nadia appeared in a recurring role in the series
1994:
Played featured role in TV adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Martin Chuzzlewit" (aired on PBS in 1995)
1995:
Co-starred as Lydia Bennett in BBC/A&E production of "Pride and Prejudice" (aired in US in 1996)
1995:
Second feature film, Kenneth Branagh's "A Midwinter's Tale/In the Bleak Midwinter"
1995:
Played Lydia Bennet in the British-American miniseries "Pride and Prejudice"
1996:
Reprised Saffron for the TV-movie "Absolutely Fabulous: The Last Shout" (aired in USA in January 1997)
2000:
Voiced the heroine Ginger in the animated "Chicken Run"
2001:
Co-starred with Peter O'Toole in "The Final Curtain"
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Education

Italia Conti Academy: - 1978 - 1983

Notes

In October 1999, Sawalha left her cell phone in a hotel bar. The man who found it called her parents and pretended to be a policeman informing them that their daughter had been killed in an automobile accident. Baffled by the "joke", Sawalha told The Daily Telegraph (July 5, 2000): "If they wanted to do something vindictive, why involve my family?"

"Keeping up an appearance is a real bore for me. I've always been overweight. I'm sure it has lost me parts, but so what? I don't like the Hollywood emphasis on being thin. Do we have to wait until an actress drops dead on set before it changes?" --Sawalha to The Daily Telegraph, July 5, 2000.

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companion:
Dexter Fletcher. Actor. Had four year relationship; no longer together; co-starred in British series "Press Gang".
companion:
Richard Herring. Comedian, screenwriter. In 1998 invited her to participate in a read-through of a script; remet in 2000 and began dating; separated in 2001.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Nadim Sawalha. Actor. Jordanian.
mother:
Bobbie Sawalha. Dancer. British; met husband when she was working as a production secretary for a radio program.
sister:
Dina Sawalha. Older.
sister:
Nadia Sawalha. Actor. Older; appeared on "EastEnders"; formerly married to Justin Mildwater who hanged himself after their separation.
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