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Julia Sawalha

Highest Rated:   97% Chicken Run (2000)
Lowest Rated:   0% Venus and Mars (2001)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
  • Saffy
2016
No Score Yet Cranford
  • Jessie Brown
2007
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
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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Absolutely Fabulous
1992-2012
  • Saffy Saffron
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Lydia Bennet Mrs. Cresswell
No Score Yet Jonathan Creek
1997-2014
  • Carla Borrego
No Score Yet Pride and Prejudice
1995
  • Lydia Bennet
No Score Yet Remember Me
2014
  • Actor

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