An attractive supporting player with cascades of curly brown hair and expressive eyes, Julia Sawalha is best known to American audiences as Saffron, the straight-laced daughter of free spirit Edina Monsoon on the cult hit comedy "Absolutely Fabulous" (1993-95). The daughter of Jordanian character actor Nadim Sawalha, she spent five years attending the Italia Conti Academy before embarking on an acting career. After three seasons appearing in plays based on C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia," Sawalha landed her first major role, the lead in the British children's series "Press Gang" (ITV, 1989-93). After landing the role of Saffron, Sawalha co-starred in another British sitcom "Second Thoughts," as a rebellious teenager. Her older sister Nadia appeared in several episodes as well.