Julia Sawalha

Highest Rated: 97% Chicken Run (2000)
Lowest Rated: 0% Venus and Mars (2001)
Birthday: Sep 9, 1968
Birthplace: Not Available
Best-known to American TV audiences as Saffy, the frighteningly sensible daughter of Edina Monsoon on Absolutely Fabulous, Julia Sawalha has earned a reputation as one of Britain's more beloved comedic actresses.The daughter of respected Jordanian actor Nadim Sawalha (who immigrated to England in the 1960s) and an English mother, Sawalha was born in London on September 9, 1968. Raised in the company of two sisters, she became interested in acting at a young age, and landed her first break when she was chosen to star on the long-running TV series Press Gang. A show about a group of teens who run a youth newspaper, it was produced by Bob Spiers, who would later direct Sawalha in Absolutely Fabulous. Premiering in 1992, Absolutely Fabulous would become one of the most popular TV shows in British history, winning scores of fans on both sides of the Atlantic. For her part, Sawalha earned both respect and recognition for her portrayal of the hilariously uptight Saffy, and her work led to roles in a number of TV miniseries, including the BBC's acclaimed 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Although Sawalha made her film debut in 1990, she had her first major big-screen role in Kenneth Branagh's In the Bleak Midwinter (1995), a comedy about a group of actors putting on a production of Hamlet. Cast as the actress who plays Ophelia, the film allowed her to perform alongside Branagh, Richard Briers, Joan Collins, and Jennifer Saunders. The actress finally got a crack at the lead in a major film in 2000, lending her voice to the character of Ginger, the feathered heroine of Peter Lord and Nick Park's Chicken Run. A hugely successful all-poultry retelling of The Great Escape, the film also featured the vocal talents of Mel Gibson, Jane Horrocks, Miranda Richardson, and Imelda Staunton. In addition to her work in Chicken Run, Sawalha kept busy that year with a number of other film and TV projects, including The Final Curtain, a comedy about a rivalry between two British game show personalities.

Highest Rated Movies



58% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Saffy $4.8M 2016
No Score Yet Horatio Hornblower: Duty Maria 2003
No Score Yet Hornblower: Loyalty (Horatio Hornblower 3) Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Final Curtain Karen 2003
No Score Yet Venus & Mars Actor 2003
No Score Yet Kipper - Let It Snow Actor 2002
0% Venus and Mars Marie 2001
97% Chicken Run Ginger $106.7M 2000
No Score Yet Ain't Misbehavin' Actor 1997
75% The Wind in the Willows The Jailer's Daughter 1996
81% In the Bleak Midwinter (A Midwinter's Tale) Nina Raymond (Ophelia) 1996
No Score Yet How To Be Absolutely Fabulous Actor 1996
No Score Yet Martin Chuzzlewit Actor 1994
No Score Yet Buddy's Song Chrissy 1991


No Score Yet Remember Me
Jan Ward
  • 2017
No Score Yet Cranford
Jessie Brown
  • 2017
  • 2009
No Score Yet Jonathan Creek
Carla Borrego
  • 2014
  • 2004
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Lydia Bennet Mrs. Cresswell
  • 2014
  • 1996
96% Absolutely Fabulous
Saffy Saffron
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2001
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1992
82% Tales from the Crypt
  • 1996
88% Pride and Prejudice
Lydia Bennet
  • 1995
No Score Yet Inspector Morse
No Score Yet Press Gang