Italia Conti Academy
Reprised the role of Saffy yet again for "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie"
Starred on the series "Lark Rise to Candleford"
Co-starred with Peter O'Toole in "The Final Curtain"
Voiced the heroine Ginger in the animated "Chicken Run"
Reprised Saffron for the TV-movie "Absolutely Fabulous: The Last Shout" (aired in USA in January 1997)
Played Lydia Bennet in the British-American miniseries "Pride and Prejudice"
Co-starred as Lydia Bennett in BBC/A&E production of "Pride and Prejudice" (aired in US in 1996)
Second feature film, Kenneth Branagh's "A Midwinter's Tale/In the Bleak Midwinter"
Played featured role in TV adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Martin Chuzzlewit" (aired on PBS in 1995)
Played Saffron on "Absolutely Fabulous" (aired in US on Comedy Central in 1994-96)
Co-starred in British comedy series "Second Thoughts"; Sawalha's sister Nadia appeared in a recurring role in the series
Feature film debut, "Buddy's Song"
First starring role in the British children's TV series "Press Gang" on ITV
Was born and raised in London.
Spent holidays with her family in Jordan.
Was educated at the Italia Conti Academy.
Began her acting career in series of stage plays based on C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia" directed by Ken Hill. She would go on to spend three seasons with this troupe.