Nadia Sawalha

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Nadia Sawalha
Born Nadia Sawalha
(1964-11-18) 18 November 1964 (age 50)
Wandsworth, London, England
Other names Nadia Carina
Ethnicity Anglo-Jordanian
Occupation Television presenter, actress
Years active 1986, 1992-present
Spouse(s) Justin Mildwater (m. 1992-1997; his death)
Mark Adderley (m. 2002)
Children Maddy (b. 2002)
Kiki (b. 2007)
Parents Nadim Sawalha
Roberta Lane
Relatives Julia Sawalha (sister)
Dina Sawalha (sister)
Baha Sawalha (cousin)
Lara Sawalha (cousin)

Nadia Sawalha (born 18 November 1964) is an English actress and television presenter best known for her role as Annie Palmer in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders from 1997 until 1999.

After winning the 2007 series of Celebrity MasterChef, Sawalha has continued to make appearances on cookery shows, not only as a presenter, but also as a chef.


After training at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Sawalha began her career in theatre. From 1997 to 1999, she starred in EastEnders as businesswoman Annie Palmer. Her other acting television credits include Casualty, Which Way to the War and ITV police drama, The Bill. Sawalha has also appeared in the films Clockwise, Top Tips, Sleeping with the Fishes and the BBC Victorian drama Station Jim.


From 1999 to 2002, Sawalha was a regular panellist on the lunchtime chat show Loose Women, returning to the show as a panellist in October 2013.[1]

For the BBC, Sawalha has fronted four series of Passport to the Sun, the Total series, TV Mail, Heir Hunters, Perfect Partner and Family Exchange. She is also a co-host on the live documentary City Hospital. Sawalha has previously hosted the BBC One show Living in the Sun, about British ex-pats living in Spain, made by Ricochet, and Wanted Down Under, which shows families who want to make the move Down Under (Australia, occasionally New Zealand) what it would be like to live and work in those Antipodean nations. She can also be seen on Accidents Can Happen, a daytime BBC One programme produced by Twofour, which follows families as they try to rebuild their homes and their lives following disaster.

Sawalha presented the BBC One programme Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre in 2005, following learner drivers as they learnt to drive and took their driving tests with varying degrees of success. Sawalha was one of the learner drivers, who ended up passing her driving test at the end of the second series. Sawalha co-presented The One Show with Adrian Chiles. This 'Nationwide' style programme launched on BBC One in the summer of 2006 and features a mix of interviews, factual features and topical stories. On 14 March 2007, it was confirmed on Digital Say Broadcast and the Sun that Sawalha would not return to co-present The One Show when it returned in the summer of 2007, due to her pregnancy.

After winning Celebrity MasterChef, Sawalha went onto co-present the children's version of the show Junior Masterchef, she was said to be 'delighted' to be given the chance to host the show.

In 2008, Sawalha returned to BBC One, to present its daytime programme, Wanted Down Under. The programme Eating In The Sun is produced by husband Mark Adderley. This follows on from her win in the Celebrity MasterChef series and has Sawalha challenged by celebrity chefs to cook in their favourite holiday restaurants.

In July 2011, Sawalha guest presented ITV Breakfast programme Lorraine and has since made regular appearances on the show, not only as a stand-in presenter but as a chef.[2]

In April 2012, she began co-presenting Saturday Cookbook for ITV Breakfast with chef Mark Sargeant

In 2012, Sawalha presented the UKTV Home series Kitchen SOS.

In Autumn 2013, Sawalha co-hosted Sunday Scoop, a Sunday morning cookery show with Kaye Adams. The show was axed after the first series.[3]


Year Title Channel Role Notes
1997-99 EastEnders BBC One Annie Palmer
1999-2002, 2013— Loose Women ITV Regular panellist
2006 The One Show BBC One Co-presenter Replaced by Christine Bleakley
2007 Celebrity MasterChef Winner
2007-09 Wanted Down Under Presenter Replaced by Nicki Chapman
2009 Eating in the Sun Presenter
2010 Junior MasterChef CBBC Co-presenter
2011-12, 2014 Lorraine ITV Stand-in presenter
2011 Dancing on Ice Competitor Eliminated in the first week
2012 Kitchen SOS UKTV Home Presenter
Saturday Cookbook ITV Co-presenter With Mark Sargeant
2013 Sunday Scoop Co-presenter With Kaye Adams 2015– Let's Talk Live Director

Other appearances[edit]

Sawalha has appeared as a guest on Test the Nation and contributed to Comic Relief by taking part in Celebrity Driving School. She also starred as the 'hidden' celebrity in an episode of the CBBC gameshow Hider in the House.

In December 2010, Sawalha starred in a fitness DVD entitled Nadia Sawalha: Fat To Fab,[4] after losing three and a half stone.

In January 2011, Sawalha starred in the sixth series of ITV's Dancing on Ice with Scottish professional Mark Hanretty, but was voted out in a double elimination in the first week along with Angela Rippon and her partner Sean Rice.

On 17 October 2012, Sawalha and Adderley appeared on an episode of All Star Mr & Mrs.

On 27 July 2013, Sawalha and her family appeared in an episode of All Star Family Fortunes.

During the week of 5 to 9 May 2014, Nadia appeared on the daytime Channel 4 game show Draw It!.[5]

On 24 September 2014, Sawalha, Kaye Adams and Andrea McLean appeared on an episode of Celebrity Squares on ITV.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Sawalha is the daughter of the Jordanian-born English actor Nadim Sawalha and his English wife Roberta Lane. She is the sister of television actress Julia Sawalha. The three starred together in Dearest Daddy... Darling Daughter at the Young Vic Theatre in South London in 1997.

Sawalha has suffered from psoriasis and has used homeopathy rather than conventional treatment.[7]

On 25 December 1997, Sawalha's first husband Justin Mildwater committed suicide.[8] They had been married for five years, but had split up a few months before.[9][10][11][12]

She married second husband, television producer Mark Adderley, in June 2002. They have two daughters, Maddy (born 25 December 2002) and Kiki (born August 2007).


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Nadia Sawalha: Celebs on the Run The Running Bug, 16 March 2012
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "Nadia Sawalha: Fat to Fab [DVD]: Film & TV". Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  5. ^ [3]
  6. ^ [4]
  7. ^ Dana Ullman, The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy, page 147 (California: North Atlantic Books, 2007). ISBN 978-1-55643-671-0
  8. ^ "TV Nadia in tears as she tells of hubby's suicide. - Free Online Library". Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "How could you do this, Nadia; Suicide husband's sister hits out at EastEnder Annie for her 'callous' affair with star. - Free Online Library". Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Priest in 'stop the suicides' plea over EastEnder Nadia's husband. - Free Online Library". Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Hanged On Christmas Day; Heartbroken dad says: My son Justin died a lonely man. - Free Online Library". Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "'I feel suicidal ...I'm losing the wife I adore' Tragic Last Words Of Eastender Nadia's Husband Before He Was Found Hanged. - Free Online Library". Retrieved 1 November 2012. 

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