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Julia Sawalha

Julia Sawalha

Julia Sawalha is best known to audiences on both sides of the Atlantic for her starring role on the hit BBC comedy series Absolutely Fabulous. For her portrayal of the long-suffering Saffron, Sawalha was voted Best Female Performer by the Royal Television Society.

Hailing from England, Sawalha started out on the stage at the Newcastle Playhouse, where she appeared in three consecutive Christmas productions for director Ken Hill: The Voyage of the Dawntreader, The Silver Chair and Peter Pan. She also starred in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Stafford Castle, and in The Illusion at the Manchester Royal Exchange, for which she received a special mention at the Olivier Awards. She more recently starred in Shelagh Stephen's The Memory of Water in London's West End.

On the big screen, Sawalha next co-stars with Lynn Redgrave in Venus & Mars. She has previously been seen in such films as Kenneth Branagh's In the Bleak Midwinter, Terry Jones' The Wind in the Willows and Claude Whatham's Buddy's Song.

Sawalha most recently completed work on Mirrorball, a new comedy series that reunites the cast from Absolutely Fabulous. Her many other television credits include the series Press Gang and Second Thoughts, as well as Pride & Prejudice and Martin Chuzzlewit. She has also guest starred on such shows as Tales From the Crypt, Lovejoy, Bottom, Casualty, El Cid, French and Saunders and Inspector Morse.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Julia Sawalha Facts

BirthdaySeptember 9, 1968 (54)
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 3" (1m60)  How tall is Julia Sawalha compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Absolutely Fabulous the Movie
Chicken Run
Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely All of It
Horatio Hornblower
Pride and Prejudice
Lark Rise to Candleford: Season 1
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit / Chicken Run
Jonathan Creek: Season 4
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