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Nadia Sawalha
Nadia Sawalha
Now You're Talking! is the kind of programme Nadia had dreamed of presenting
Nadia Sawalha has worked extensively in TV, film and theatre but is probably best known for playing the character Annie Palmer in Eastenders.

She is also an accomplished presenter and has fronted several daytime television shows.

After training at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Nadia, who hails from a family of successful actors, began her career in theatre.

In 1997 she got her big break in the BBC soap Eastenders. As the tough-nut business woman Annie Palmer, Nadia became a familiar face in thousands of homes around the UK.

Her other TV credits in acting roles include Casualty, Second Thoughts, Which Way to the War and The Bill.

She has also appeared in the films Clockwise, Top Tips, Sleeping with the Fishes and BBC Film's Victorian drama Station Jim.

Change of direction

Aside from acting, Nadia has become a daytime TV favourite after presenting the live programmes Loose Women and Live Talk.

For the BBC, she has fronted four series of Passport to the Sun, the Total series, TV Mail, Perfect Partner and Family Exchange. She is also a co-host on the live documentary City Hospital.

Nadia has appeared as a guest on Test the Nation and contributed to Comic Relief by taking part in Celebrity Driving School.

She is married and has a baby daughter.

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