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

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Famous for her performance as the mousy daughter Saffron on the popular comedy series "Absolutely Fabulous" (BBC, 1992-2012), Julia Sawalha had a chameleon like ability to slip into seemingly any role. As the daughter of a British mother and a Jordanian father-actor Nadim Sawalha-Sawalha attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts before beginning her career on screen with a small, non-speaking role in an episode of the series "Keep It in the Family" (ITV, 1980-83). Before long, she was making memorable appearances on shows like "Inspector Morse" (ITV, 1987-2000) and starring on the early Steven Moffat series "Press Gang" (ITV, 1989-1993). Then in 1992, Sawalha joined the cast of the outrageous comedy series "Absolutely Fabulous," a show that would become such a sensation that Sawalha found herself etched into popular culture for seemingly the rest of her career. The show would run from 1992 to 1996, and was then revived for three more seasons beginning in 2001. In the meantime, Sawalha participated in many more projects, notably playing Lydia Bennet for the popular 1995 miniseries adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (BBC, 1995) and starring on the series "Faith in the Future" (ITV,...

Famous for her performance as the mousy daughter Saffron on the popular comedy series "Absolutely Fabulous" (BBC, 1992-2012), Julia Sawalha had a chameleon like ability to slip into seemingly any role. As the daughter of a British mother and a Jordanian father-actor Nadim Sawalha-Sawalha attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts before beginning her career on screen with a small, non-speaking role in an episode of the series "Keep It in the Family" (ITV, 1980-83). Before long, she was making memorable appearances on shows like "Inspector Morse" (ITV, 1987-2000) and starring on the early Steven Moffat series "Press Gang" (ITV, 1989-1993). Then in 1992, Sawalha joined the cast of the outrageous comedy series "Absolutely Fabulous," a show that would become such a sensation that Sawalha found herself etched into popular culture for seemingly the rest of her career. The show would run from 1992 to 1996, and was then revived for three more seasons beginning in 2001. In the meantime, Sawalha participated in many more projects, notably playing Lydia Bennet for the popular 1995 miniseries adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (BBC, 1995) and starring on the series "Faith in the Future" (ITV, 1995-1998) and "Time Gentlemen Please" (BSkyB, 2000-2002). After starring in the chilling "Remember Me" (BBC, 2014), she then reprised the role of Saffron for the much anticipated "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie" (2016).

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Venus & Mars (2003) Marie
3.
 Chicken Run (2000) Voice Of Ginger
4.
 Wind in the Willows, The (1997) Jailer'S Daughter
6.
 Midwinter's Tale, A (1995) Nina
7.
 Buddy's Song (1990) Kelly
9.
 Mirrorball (2001) Freda Keill
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1989:
First starring role in the British children's TV series "Press Gang" on ITV
2001:
Co-starred with Peter O'Toole in "The Final Curtain"
1991:
Feature film debut, "Buddy's Song"
2000:
Voiced the heroine Ginger in the animated "Chicken Run"
1995:
Co-starred as Lydia Bennett in BBC/A&E production of "Pride and Prejudice" (aired in US in 1996)
1991:
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)
1996:
Reprised Saffron for the TV-movie "Absolutely Fabulous: The Last Shout" (aired in USA in January 1997)
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"
1992:
Played Saffron on "Absolutely Fabulous" (aired in US on Comedy Central in 1994-96)
2008:
Starred on the series "Lark Rise to Candleford"
2016:
Reprised the role of Saffy yet again for "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie"
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Education

Italia Conti Academy: - 1978

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.

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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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