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Nadia Sawalha's Biography

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Nadia Sawalha was born in England in 1964.

Her father Nadim is an actor, whose family were Bedouins in Jordan. Her mother was born in Surrey.

Nadia's sister, the actress Julia Sawalha was featured on the BBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are, which gave an insight into Julia, Nadia and their sister Dina's father's family.

Julia and Nadia Sawalha described the ups and downs in their relationship in The Sunday Times column Relative Values.

Nadia Sawalha is an actor and presenter who first came to many people's attention when she played Annie Palmer in EastEnders in the late 1990s.

Like many EastEnders actors she had trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Nadia Sawalha's numerous presenting credits include City Hospital, Living in the Sun, Passport to the Sun, Perfect Partner (working on which she met her husband-to-be Mark Adderley), Family Exchange, and Heir Hunters.

In 2007 Nadia Sawalha won Celebrity Mastermind and became a food writer with the Mirror.

In 2010 she released the DVD Fat To Fab.

In 2011 Nadia Sawalha was paired with Mark Hanretty on ITV's Dancing on Ice.

They appeared on the first programme in Dancing on Ice, in which eight of the couples danced, and together with Angela Rippon and Sean Rice they were voted off.

In January 2015, Nadia Sawalha was one of the housemates on Celebrity Big Brother.

She has also been one of the panel on Loose Women.

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