Julia Sawalha

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 09/09/1968 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (24)

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie 2016 (Movie)

Saffy (Actor)

Absolutely Fabulous 20th Anniversary Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

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Absolutely Fabulous: Olympics Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

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Cranford 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Absolutely Fabulous: White Box 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Absolutely Fabulous 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Horatio Hornblower: Duty 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Horatio Hornblower: Loyalty 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Jonathan Creek 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Absolutely Fabulous New York Special 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Venus & Mars 2003 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Mirrorball 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Chicken Run 2000 (Movie)

of Ginger (Voice)

Poultry in Motion: The Making of Chicken Run 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Last Shout 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The Wind in the Willows 1997 (Movie)

Jailer's Daughter (Actor)

A Midwinter's Tale 1996 (Movie)

Nina (Actor)

Pride and Prejudice 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Kidnapper 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Charles Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Absolutely Fabulous 1993 (TV Show)

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Buddy's Song 1990 (Movie)

Kelly (Actor)

Midsomer Murders (Tv Show)

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The Final Curtain (TV Show)

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Biography

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.

Relationships

Dexter Fletcher

Companion
had four year relationship no longer together co-starred in British series "Press Gang"

Richard Herring

Companion
in 1998 invited her to participate in a read-through of a script remet in 2000 and began dating separated in 2001

Nadim Sawalha

Father
Jordanian

Bobbie Sawalha

Mother
British met husband when she was working as a production secretary for a radio program

Dina Sawalha

Sister
older

Nadia Sawalha

Sister
older appeared on "EastEnders" formerly married to Justin Mildwater who hanged himself after their separation

EDUCATION

Italia Conti Academy

1978 - 1983

Milestones

2001

Co-starred with Peter O'Toole in "The Final Curtain"

2000

Voiced the heroine Ginger in the animated "Chicken Run"

1996

Reprised Saffron for the TV-movie "Absolutely Fabulous: The Last Shout" (aired in USA in January 1997)

1995

Played Lydia Bennet in the British-American miniseries "Pride and Prejudice"

1995

Co-starred as Lydia Bennett in BBC/A&E production of "Pride and Prejudice" (aired in US in 1996)

1995

Second feature film, Kenneth Branagh's "A Midwinter's Tale/In the Bleak Midwinter"

1994

Played featured role in TV adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Martin Chuzzlewit" (aired on PBS in 1995)

1991

Feature film debut, "Buddy's Song"

1978

Educated at Italia Conti Academy

Co-starred in British comedy series "Second Thoughts"; Sawalha's sister Nadia appeared in a recurring role in the series

Played Saffron on "Absolutely Fabulous" (aired in US on Comedy Central in 1994-96)

First starring role in the British children's TV series "Press Gang" on ITV

Began acting career in series of stage plays based on C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia", directed by Ken Hill; spent three seasons with this troupe

Spent holidays with family in Jordan

Born and raised in London

Bonus Trivia

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In October 1999, Sawalha left her cell phone in a hotel bar. The man who found it called her parents and pretended to be a policeman informing them that their daughter had been killed in an automobile accident. Baffled by the "joke", Sawalha told The Daily Telegraph (July 5, 2000): "If they wanted to do something vindictive, why involve my family?"

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