Lark Rise to Candleford's Julia Sawalha

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of July 18, 2016

Julia Sawalha, who plays Dorcas Lane in Lark Rise to Candleford, can be seen on the big screen this week in the film version of one of her early television series, Absolutely Fabulous.

Sawalha, who turns 48 in September, was half that age when "Ab Fab" first aired. She played Saffron, the school age daughter of Jennifer Saunders’ character, although in real life, Sawalha is just ten years younger than Saunders.

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As Dorcas Lane in Lark Rise to Candleford

Sawalha’s rather unusual name come from her paternal grandmother, who was a Jordanian businesswoman. Her father, who left Jordan in 1950 to study drama in London, is actor Nadim Sawalha. You might recognize him from the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me and The Living Daylights. Sawalha was born in Lambeth, London and her sister Nadia is also an actress.

Sawalha left school at the age of 15. It wasn’t until she was 29 that she returned to her studies, when she got a degree in Humanities through England’s Open University program. That was around the same time she started working on the period dramas Cranford and Lark Rise. Wearing a tightly corseted costume seems to have been something of a specialty for Sawalha. In 1994 she appeared in Martin Chuzzlewit, in 1995 she was in Pride and Prejudice, and in 2003, she was in Hornblower, a televised adaptation of C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower novels.

Sawalha has recently been making headlines in the British tabloids, owing to the fact that her new beau, sound engineer Luke Hollingworth, is 17 years her junior. The couple met during the filming of the Ab Fab film, where they reportedly struck up a good friendship, which Sawalha told Women and Home “segued into something else after we had finished filming.”

Absolutely Fabulous the film opens on July 22nd and you can see Sawalha in Lark Rise to Candleford weekdays at 4:30pm on Afternoon Tea.

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