|Nigella Lawson Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||January 6, 1960|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Nigella Lawson is an English food writer, chef, journalist, television host, and broadcaster who has gained worldwide acclaim with her exceptional cooking skills and presentation and has worked with BBC, Food Network, ITV, Good Food Channel, and Channel 4. The daughter of Nigel Lawson, Lord Lawson of Blaby, a former Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Vanessa (née Salmon) Lawson, whose family owned the J. Lyons and Co. food and catering business, Nigella has also published books like How to Eat: Pleasures and Principles of Good Food, Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home, How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking, Simply Nigella, At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking, Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration, and Feast: Food that Celebrates Life.
Nigella Lucy Lawson
Wandsworth, London, England, United Kingdom
London, England, United Kingdom
In an interview, Nigella described her schooling period as a difficult one, as she had to change schools, a massive, nine times from age 9 to 18. She attended numerous schools like Ibstock Place School, Queen’s Gate School, Godolphin and Latymer School, and Westminster School.
She graduated from Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford with an MA in medieval and modern languages.
Chef, Journalist, Author, Television Host, and Broadcaster
- Father – Nigel Lawson (Former Conservative MP and British Chancellor of the Exchequer)
- Mother – Vanessa (née Salmon) Lawson (Socialite)
- Siblings – Dominic (Brother) (Former Editor of The Sunday Telegraph), Horatia (Sister), Thomasina (Sister) (Died in 1993 due to breast cancer), Tom (Half-Brother), Emily (Half-Sister)
- Others – George Monbiot (Cousin), Fiona Shackleton (Cousin), Ralph Lawson (Paternal Grandfather), Joan Elisa Davis (Paternal Grandmother), Felix Addison Salmon (Maternal Grandfather), Rosemary Estella/Estelle Levy/Lever (Maternal Grandmother)
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
73 kg or 160 lbs
Spouse / Boyfriend
Nigella has been romantically linked with –
- Geoffrey Robertson QC – Nigella was in a relationship with Geoffrey who was a human rights lawyer. They broke up, as Geoffrey dumped her for Kathy Lette, who was a novelist.
- John Diamond (1986–2001) – She met John in 1986, during her writing tenure with The Sunday Times. John, a journalist was writing for the same newspaper. Soon, they developed a liking for each other and tied the knot in 1992. The couple was blessed with a daughter named Cosima Thomasina Diamond (1993) and a son named Bruno Paul Diamond (1996). In a twist of fate, Diamond was detected with throat cancer in 1997 and succumbed to it in March 2001. It left Nigella shattered and she suffered an attack of depression following the funeral.
- Charles Saatchi (2003-2013) – In September 2003, Nigella married Charles, an art collector. However, she wasn’t too happy in this relationship. In 2012, she expressed her discontent too. June 2013 came as a shocker to the public when Sunday People published photographs of Saatchi clutching Lawson by the throat outside a London seafood restaurant. He later tried to refute the truth about the pictures and said it was a “playful tiff.” However, it marked the beginning of their legal battle in the court and during the trials, Nigella revealed how Charles used to make her life miserable with cruelty and his abusive nature which drove her to resort to drugs. Ultimately, they were divorced on July 31, 2013. She had no children from this marriage despite it lasted for a decade.
Race / Ethnicity
She has Latvian, German, Dutch, and Austrian ancestry.
- Flawless fair skin
- Sparkling almond-shaped eyes
- Chocolate hair
- Full-figured body
- Show hosting abilities
39-29-38 in or 99-74-96.5 cm
8 (US) or 40 (EU)
8 (US) or 5.5 (UK) or 38.5 (EU)
Twinings, a tea company, appointed Nigella as its brand ambassador in 2008, and she appeared in their six commercials. However, later, she was replaced by McCann.
Kiwi chocolate-maker Whittaker’s signed Lawson to promote its 5 Roll refined chocolate (2013).
She has her own cookware range, “Living Kitchen.”
Though her both parents are Jewish, Nigella claims herself as an atheist.
Best Known For
Her intimate, sensuous, casual, and relaxed style of cooking.
As a Journalist
As an English journalist, she started her career as a book reviewer and restaurant critic. Later, she went on achieving the post of deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times (1986). It was followed by her journey as a freelance journalist, writing for a number of newspapers and magazines.
As a Food Author
Although not a professional cook, nor did she obtain any training in culinary skills, but out of her sheer passion for cooking, she went on to become a food author. She brought out How to Eat (1998), her first cookery book, which sold 300,000 copies and became a best-seller. How to Be a Domestic Goddess (2000), was her second book and it won her the British Book Award for Author of the Year. She has sold over 3 million cookery books worldwide to date.
First TV Show
She first appeared on television in 1994 in the show Littlejohn Live and Uncut as herself in an episode dated July 8, 1994.
In 1999, she appeared in Nigella Bites, a show hosted by Nigella herself. She appeared in 5 episodes (of 30 minutes each) of series 1.
Known for her curves, although, she accepted that her weight has been an issue. However, she never really bothered about it. In 2011, she appeared thinner and her friends mentioned that Nigella is following Bodyism Clean and Lean plan – an eating program devised by James Duigan, personal trainer and nutritional advisor to models. The diet plan primarily included Bodyism health supplements, a cocktail of vitamins, minerals, and fish oils that would kill cravings and burn fat.
In 2013, Nigella surprised the world by reducing from size 12 (US) to size 8 (US). Though she gave credit to this transformation to diet control, Pilates exercise, and personal training, an insider revealed to Mirror that Nigella took some additional help.
According to the source, Lawson is a foodie and not one among those who can forego food and thus resorted to hypnotherapy which allowed her to eat her favorite foods, but in smaller portions. The newspaper mentioned that she signed up Susan Hepburn, a London hypnotherapist for $450 per hour sessions.
Nigella Lawson Favorite Things
- Food Destination – Manhattan
- Restaurant – Locanda Locatelli, located at 8 Seymour Street, London
- Leafy Vegetable – Lettuce
- Supper – Risi E Bisi, a Venetian recipe, and Turkish Veggie Pilaf
- Food – Salted Caramel
- Hobby – Cooking
- Makeup – 60’s style
- Mascara – Helena Rubinstein Surrealist Mascara
- Earrings – Big Hoops
Source – IMDb.com, TheGuardian.com, TheDailyBeast.com
Nigella Lawson Facts
- She hails from a Jewish family and the original surname of her family was “Leibson.”
- By participating in the third series of the BBC family-history documentary series, Who Do You Think You Are?, Nigella discovered a lot about her family’s ancestry. She got to know that her ancestors were Ashkenazi Jews who belonged to Eastern Europe and Germany, instead of Iberian-Sephardic ancestry which she used to believe.
- Nigella’s father Nigel divorced his first wife, Vanessa, in 1980 and married Therese Maclear, a House of Commons researcher in the same year and continued the marriage till 2008.
- Her mother Vanessa too went for second marriage with philosopher A. J. Ayer and the marriage lasted till she died at the age of 48 due to liver cancer in 1985. Nigella never had a very warm relationship with her mother and she felt her mother was jealous of the fact that she was her father’s favorite.
- In Channel Four’s poll of the 100 Worst Britons (2003), Nigella was voted the 90th worst Briton.
- Her book Nigella Bites was an instant hit and it got her “Guild of Food Writers Award.”
- In December 2003, it was publicized that she refused to accept the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) honor for “her services to journalism and cookery” in 2001.
- Her show Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen won her the 2007 World Food Media Award for “Gold Ladle Best Food And/Or Drink Television Show”.
- Nigella admitted in a London court that she had used cocaine and marijuana as her second marriage was insufferable. It was exposed during the trial of her former personal assistants during a credit card fraud – the Grillo sisters.
- She has been classified as the classic hourglass by the British style queens Trinny and Susannah describing her voluptuous hips, tiny waist, and Rubenesque shoulders.
- She was honored as the Fortnum & Mason TV Personality of the Year in 2016.
- In December 2020, she made headlines when she pronounced microwave as ‘mee-crowe-wahv-ay’ during an episode of her show Cook, Eat, Repeat when she was cooking black-pudding meatballs with fatty milk.
- She has described cooking as “a way of strengthening oneself”, in the sense that “being able to sustain oneself is the skill of the survivor”.