Nadia Sawalha

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Nadia Sawalha
Born Nadia Sawalha
(1964-11-18) 18 November 1964 (age 49)
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.

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

In 2007, Sawalha won Celebrity MasterChef, which led her on to present a number of cookery programmes including Saturday Cookbook alongside Mark Sargeant.

From 2011 to 2012, Nadia hosted Lorraine as a stand-in presenter for Lorraine Kelly on Friday mornings. Since 2013, she has co-hosted the Sunday morning chat show Sunday Scoop alongside Kaye Adams.


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


Sawalha has become a regular personality on daytime television, after presenting the live programmes Loose Women between 1999 and 2002. She returned to Loose Women as a regular panellist on 10 October 2013.

For the BBC, she 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. She has previously hosted the morning 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.

She presented the BBC One programme Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre in 2005, following learner drivers as they learnt to drive & 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 show 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 Nadia would not return to co-present The One Show when it returned in the summer of 2007, because she was pregnant.

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

After winning Celebrity MasterChef, she 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 July 2011, Nadia guest presented the 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, the series lasted for 21 episodes airing in the 8.30am timeslot on a Saturday morning. She co-hosted the series with chef Mark Sargeant.

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

Since 27 October 2013, Nadia has co-hosted Sunday Scoop a Sunday morning chat show, alongside Kaye Adams. The show is aired in the 11.30am timeslot.[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 BBC One Winner
2007-09 Wanted Down Under BBC One Presenter Replaced by Nicki Chapman
2009 Eating in the Sun BBC One Presenter
2010 Junior MasterChef CBBC Co-presenter
2011-12 Lorraine ITV Presenter Replaced by Kate Garraway (Fridays)
2011 Dancing on Ice ITV Competitor Eliminated in the first week
2012 Kitchen SOS Presenter
Saturday Cookbook ITV Co-presenter Alongside Mark Sargeant
2013— Sunday Scoop ITV Co-presenter Alongside Kaye Adams

Other appearances[edit]

Nadia 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.

Nadia won the 2007 series of Celebrity MasterChef, beating Craig Revel Horwood and Midge Ure in the final.

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. She was voted out in a double elimination in the first week along with Angela Rippon and her partner Sean Rice.

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

Personal life[edit]

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

Nadia has suffered from psoriasis and has used homeopathy rather than conventional treatment.[6]

On 25 December 1997, Sawalha's first husband Justin Mildwater committed suicide.[7] They had been married for five years, but had split up a few months before.[8][9][10][11]

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. ^ 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
  7. ^ "TV Nadia in tears as she tells of hubby's suicide. - Free Online Library". Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "Priest in 'stop the suicides' plea over EastEnder Nadia's husband. - Free Online Library". Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Hanged On Christmas Day; Heartbroken dad says: My son Justin died a lonely man. - Free Online Library". Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "'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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