Nadia Sawalha is one of television's busiest presenters having never been off our screens for the last 16 years.
Nadia first came to fame as Annie Palmer in EastEnders in the late 90s then switched to TV presenting as one of the original line-up of ITV’s award-winning Loose Women.
She then racked up credits including City Hospital, Eating In The Sun, Passport To The Sun, Wanted Down Under, Saturday Cookbook to name just a few and can often been seen standing in for her good friend Lorraine on Friday's or cooking up a storm as the resident cook on The Alan Titchmarsh show. Nadia also hosts new ITV Sunday morning show Sunday Scoop with Kaye Adams.
The popular married mum of two won Celebrity Master Chef and quickly became one of the country's most in demand foodies. She is author of the best-selling cookbooks Stuffed Vine Leaves Saved My Life, Greedy Girls Diet and she is currently putting the finishing touch ups to her third book Greedy Girls 2: Second Helpings.
Nadia is the food columnist for the Daily Mirror and Best magazine.
I’m best known for: Being a rather loud slightly nutty curly haired TV Presenter who loves her food... some say too much!
The proudest moment of my career is: A show I did for the BBC called Eating in the Sun… It was an incredibly tough job as I had to cook for famous chefs in some of the top restaurants in the Europe. I was terrified for the whole three months of filming. The show was my husband’s idea and we made it through our production company Dog house Media. We regularly got over a million viewers every Saturday morning, and as we had poured our blood sweat and tears (plus more than a number of screaming rows!) into it we were both very blooming proud!
The first thing I do in the morning is: Cuddle my fella, kiss the kids and smooch the dog!
My favourite lunch is: Oh my god are you serious???? A favourite... not possible!! How about if I say what I HATE?! Goats cheese, goats cheese, goats cheese! Anything goats! Everything else I love!
The most famous person in my phonebook is: Fame doesn’t seduce me. I have a small circle of friends that are all fiercely loyal bright and funny, all the qualities I most admire.
The actor who would play me in a film about my life is: This is my least favourite question to be asked ever!!! Is it ok if I don’t answer it? Oh... ok... how about... Kaye Adams! She knows me inside out so would be able to 'inhabit the character'. She actually has a Bafta for best actress in a very short film… not many people know that!
My favourite memory from working on Loose Women is: Has to be when Kaye Adams used to stick her finger in her belly button and then make me sniff it just as the titles would start!
If I wasn’t presenting Loose Women, I’d be: In my kitchen creating over a hundred recipes for my next book! It takes a long time!
You’d be surprised to learn that: My fella and I love going to Sadler’s Wells to watch all kinds of dance but I usually end up crying because my heart literally aches with desire to be one of them! Sad huh!
The one thing I couldn’t live without is: At this precise moment my Breaking Bad box set