18 November 1964
Wandsworth, London, England
|Other names||Nadia Carina|
|Occupation||Television presenter, actress|
|Years active||1986; 1992-present|
|Spouse(s)||Justin Mildwater (m. 1992-1997; his death)
Mark Adderley (m. 2002)
|Children||Maddy (born 2002)
Kiki (born 2007)
|Relatives||Julia Sawalha (sister)
Dina Sawalha (sister)
Baha Sawalha (cousin)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In December 2010, Sawalha starred in a fitness DVD entitled Nadia Sawalha: Fat To Fab, 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 Week 1 along with fellow competitor Angela Rippon with her partner Sean Rice.
Nadia is the daughter of the Jordanian-born English actor Nadim Sawalha whos origin is from palestine, and his English wife Roberta Lane and sister of television actress Julia Sawalha. The three all starred together in Dearest Daddy... Darling Daughter at the Young Vic Theatre in South London in 1997.
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).
- Nadia Sawalha: Celebs on the Run The Running Bug, 16 March 2012
- "Nadia Sawalha: Fat to Fab [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
- 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
- "TV Nadia in tears as she tells of hubby's suicide. - Free Online Library". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
- "How could you do this, Nadia; Suicide husband's sister hits out at EastEnder Annie for her 'callous' affair with star. - Free Online Library". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
- "Priest in 'stop the suicides' plea over EastEnder Nadia's husband. - Free Online Library". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
- "Hanged On Christmas Day; Heartbroken dad says: My son Justin died a lonely man. - Free Online Library". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
- "'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". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
|Co-Host of The One Show