9 September 1935
|Spouse(s)||Roberta Lane (? - present)|
|Relatives||Nabil Sawalha (brother)
Baha Sawalha (nephew)
Nadim was born in Madaba, Jordan, in 1935 and came to Britain in the 1950s, to study drama. His daughter Julia revealed on her episode of Who Do You Think You Are? that even he is uncertain of his birth date, but it is thought to be around 7 to 9 September.
Nadim Sawalha has made over 100 appearances in film and television, in a career spanning more than 40 years.
(list not exhaustive)
- Zoran in Space: 1999 episode "The Immunity Syndrome" (1976)
- Captain Shebbeq in The Sweeney episode "Visiting Fireman" (1976)
- Amul in Survivors episodes "Lights of London" parts 1 & 2 (1976)
- Sheikh Achmeia in The Professionals episode "Long Shot" (1977)
- Arab Man in The Knowledge (1979)
- Sardi in episode A Tethered Goat in Series 1 of Minder (1979)
- Mr.Gupta in Open All Hours episode "Horse-Trading" (1985)
- Bank Manager in episode 1 of House of Cards (1990)
- Dr. Shaaban Hamada in Dangerfield (1995)
- Judge Zadic in Arabian Nights (2000)
- The Last Cavalier (2002)
- Narrator of Lawrence of Arabia: The Battle for the Arab World (2003) [PBS]
- Mohammed Al-Fayed in Diana: Last Days of a Princess (2007 docudrama)
- King Hussein in House of Saddam (2008)
(list not exhaustive)
- Night Hotel Manager in A Touch of Class (1973)
- Padilla in Callan (1974)
- The Sherif of Wazan in The Wind and the Lion (1975)
- Museum guide in The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
- The Emir's Interpreter in Are You Being Served? (1977)
- Chairman of the Oil Producers' Conference in Sweeney! (1977)
- Hassan in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
- Aziz Fekkesh in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
- Egyptian tavern owner in Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
- Tangier police chief in The Living Daylights (1987)
- Emir Hamad Al-Subaai in Syriana (2005)
- Melchior in The Nativity Story (2006)
- Adham in Whatever Lola Wants (2007)
- Abu Raed in Captain Abu Raed (2008)
- Pir Naseem in West Is West (2010)
- He played the part of Omar Badri in BBC's 'CDX' computer game.
- "The Arab Talks To....Nadim Sawalha". Retrieved 12 January 2011.
- Participant: Julia Sawalha (2006-10-25). "Episode page on BBC website". Who Do You Think You Are?. Series 3. Event occurs at 1:10. BBC. BBC One. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00793sc.
- Who Do You Think You Are?; Event occurs at 22:00