Sawalha, Julia 1968(?)–

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Sawalha, Julia 1968(?)–

(Julia Sawala)


Surname pronounced sah-WAHL-ah; born September 9, 1968 (some sources say 1967), in London, England; daughter of Nadim (an actor) and Bobbie (a dancer) Sawalha; sister of Nadia Sawalha (an actress). Avocational Interests: Active with Greenpeace.

Addresses: Agent—Frazer and Dunlop, 503 The Chambers, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 OXS, England.

Career: Actress. Appeared in a series of plays based on C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia; appeared in television commercials, including Burger King, 2000, and Argos, 2002, 2003, 2004.

Awards, Honors: Royal Television Society Television Award, best actor—female, 1993, for Press Gang.


Film Appearances:

Chrissy, Buddy's Song, Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1990.

Nina Raymond, In the Bleak Midwinter (also known as A Midwinter's Tale), Sony Pictures Classics, 1996.

The jailer's daughter, The Wind in the Willows (also known as Mr. Toad's Wild Ride), Columbia, 1996.

Saffron Monsoon, Absolutely Fabulous: A Life, 1998.

Saffron "Saffy" Monsoon, Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Not!, 1998.

Emma, Comic Relief: Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death (also known as Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death) (video), 1999.

Voice of Ginger, Chicken Run (also known as C: R-1), DreamWorks, 2000.

Marie, Venus and Mars, Zennpix, 2000.

Karen Willet, The Final Curtain, Universal, 2002.

Television Appearances; Series:

Lynda Day, Press Gang, ITV, 1989–94.

Hannah Grayshot, Second Thoughts, ITV, 1991–94.

Saffron Monsoon, Absolutely Fabulous (also known as AbFab), BBC1, 1992–95, then BBC1 and Comedy Central, 2001–2003, BBC, 2005.

Hannah Grayshot, Faith in the Future, ITV, 1995–98.

Janet, Time Gentlemen, Please, 2000–2001.

Narrator, Comedy Connections, BBC, 2003–2004.

Carla Borrego, Jonathan Creek, BBC1 and PBS, 2003–2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Fame Is the Spur, 1982.

Mercy Pecksniff, Martin Chuzzlewit (also known as Charles Dickens' "Martin Chuzzlewit"), PBS, 1994.

Lydia Bennet, Pride and Prejudice, BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 1995.

Dolly Nightingale, Ain't Misbehavin', 1997.

Helen Steel, McLibel!, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Saffron, Absolutely Fabulous: The Last Shout, Comedy Central, 1997.

Wise man, The Flint Street Nativity, ITV, 1999.

Catherine Parr, The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything, BBC, 1999.

Maria Mason, Hornblower: Loyalty (also known as Horatio Hornblower 3), Arts and Entertainment, 2003.

Maria Mason, Hornblower: Duty (also known as Horatio Hornblower 3), Arts and Entertainment, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Alison, Keeper, Channel 4, 1994.

Saffron Monsoon, How to Be Absolutely Fabulous, Comedy Central, 1995.

Herself, An Audience with the Spice Girls, ITV, 1997.

Poultry in Motion: The Making of "Chicken Run," NBC, 2000.

The Hatching of "Chicken Run" (also known as HBO's "The Hatching of 'Chicken Run'"), HBO, 2000.

Freda Keill, Mirrorball, BBC and BBC America, 2000.

Saffron, Absolutely Fabulous New York Special, Comedy Central, 2003.

Herself and Saffron Monsoon, The Story of Absolutely Fabulous, BBC, 2004.

TV's Greatest Sidekicks, Lifetime, 2004.

Narrator, Bob Monkhouse's Comedy Heroes, Channel 5, 2004.

Saffron, Absolutely Fabulous: White Box, Comedy Central, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"A Game of No Chance," Keep It in the Family, ITV, 1981.

Fiona, "Last Seen Wearing," Inspector Morse, ITV and PBS, 1988.

Nikki Watson, "Living in Hope," Casualty, BBC1, 1991.

Veronica Head, "Parade," Bottom, BBC, 1992.

The Word, Channel 4, 1992.

Herself, Parallel 9, BBC, 1993.

Joanna, "Double Edged Sword," Lovejoy, BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 1994.

French and Saunders, 1996.

"The Kidnapper," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's "Tales from the Crypt"), HBO, 1996.

Herself, "The Future's Bright, the Future's Funny," Light Lunch, Channel 4, 1998.

Late Lunch, Channel 4, 1999.

"Chicken Run," HBO First Look, HBO, 2000.

Herself, "Through the Keyhole," Bob Martin, ITV, 2000.

(Uncredited) Hell's Kitchen, ITV, 2004.


Taped Readings:

Hilary McKay's Saffy's Angel, Listening Library, 2002.



Entertainment Weekly, September 22, 1995, p. 89.

Independent, May 10, 1997, p. S3.