Nigella Lawson
Birth Date:
January 6, 1960
Birth Place:
Wandsworth, London, England, UK
5' 7" (1.70 m)
TV Personality, Journalist, Broadcaster, Gourmand, Food Writer
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“I am not a chef. I am not even a trained or professional cook. My qualification is as an eater.” Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson is a Daytime Emmy Award nominating British television personality, journalist, broadcaster, gourmand and food writer. She is known for writing a series of best seller books and hosted several successful television cooking shows. She won the British Book Award for Author of the Year and the WH Smith Book Award for Lifestyle Book of the Year for the 2000 cookbook “How to be a Domestic Goddess,” and picked up the second WH Smith Book Award for “Nigella Bites” (2001). Lawson's first  television cooking series, “Nigella Bites”, which ran on Channel 4 from 1999 to 2001, brought her the Guild of Food Writers Award for Television Broadcast of the Year and the World Food Media for Best Television Food Show. She also won the World Food Media Award for  Best Food And/Or Drink Television Show for her show “Nigella's Christmas Kitchen” (2007). In 2008, Lawson was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for hosting the BBC series “Nigella Express” (2007).

Lawson has two children with first husband John Diamond, whom she married from 1992 to his death in 2001. She divorced from second Charles Saatchi in July 2013. Lawson was previously in a relationship with human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC .

Editor of Isis

Childhood and Family:

Nigella Lucy Lawson was born on January 6, 1960, in Wandsworth, London, England, UK. She is the daughter of former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson, now Lord Lawson, and the younger sister of Dominic Lawson, former editor of London's Sunday Telegraph newspaper. She has a  living sister named Horatia Lawson, while her older sister,Thomasina, died in 1993. Her parents later divorced in 1980, and five years later, her mother, Vanessa Salmon, died of liver cancer in Westminster, London at the age of 48. From her father's side, Nigella has two half siblings, Tom and Emily.

Nigella moved school several times between ages 9 to 19 due to her tumultuous behavior. She unwillingly attended a private school in the Midlands and later returned to London's Godolphin and Latymer School where she started to show achievement in academic. Nigella went on to receive a degree in Modern and Mediaeval Languages at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. While in Oxford, she  became editor of the University magazine Isis.  

In 1986, Nigella met journalist John Diamond when they both writing for The Sunday Times. They married in Venice in 1992. Nigella gave birth to her first child at age 33, daughter Cosima Thomasina Diamond, in December 1993. Her second child, son Bruno Paul Diamond, was born in June 1996. Her husband died of throat cancer on March 2, 2001, at age 47.

On September 3, 2003, Nigella married second husband Charles Saatchi, an art collector. In June 9, 2013, Sunday People newspaper published photographs of Lawson being grabbed around the neck by Saatchi during an argument outside a London seafood restaurant. Though Saatchi initially identified the pictures as showing only a “playful tiff,” a police investigation later proved that it was an assault. The couple eventually divorced on July 31, 2013.

Nigella Express


After graduating from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, Nigella Lawson landed a job in publishing. Her journalism career began at age 23 when she was invited by Charles Moore to write for The Spectator. She first writing book reviews for the magazine and later became a restaurant critic in 1985. By 1986, she had earned a position as the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times.     

Following her tenure at The Sunday Times, Lawson ventured into a career as freelance journalist. She wrote for various British publications such as The Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard, The Observer and The Times Literary Supplement, and provided food column for Vogue and a makeup column for The Times Magazine. She also worked with Gourmet and Bon Appétit in the United States. In 1995, she was fired from Talk Radio after only working for two weeks.

In 1998, Lawson published her first cook book, “How to Eat: the Pleasures and Principles of Good Food,” featuring culinary tips on preparation and saving time. The book sold 300,000 units in the UK and went on to become a best seller  there. It was called by The Sunday Telegraph as “the most valuable culinary guide published this decade.”

Lured by the success of her book, Lawson got her own television cooking show on Channel 4 called “Nigella Bites,” which ran from 1999 to 2001. The show also spawned a Christmas special in 2001. “Nigella Bites” won Lawson the Guild of Food Writers Award for Television Broadcast of the Year and  the World Food Media Award for Best Television Food Show both in 2001.

Lawson released her next book, “How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking ” in 2000. Focusing mainly on baking, the book marked another best seller for Lawson, and sold 180,000 copies in four months. It won her the British Book Award for Author of the Year in 2000 and the WH Smith Book Award for Lifestyle Book of the Year in 2001. Following the success of her first two books, Lawson was recruited as a social affairs columnist on The Observer.

“Nigella Bites” spawned a best selling recipe book titled “Nigella Bites” (2001), which was released in 2001 and sold over 300,000 units in the UK. The book won the WH Smith Book Award for Lifestyle Book of the Year in 2001. It became the second bestselling cook book of Christmas 2002 in America.

In 2002, Lawson hosted her second TV series on Channel 4 titled “Forever Summer with Nigella.” It was accompanied by a book, “Forever Summer with Nigella” (2002). Also in 2002, she started to pen a fortnightly cooking articles for The New York Times and launched a  line of kitchenware, called the Living Kitchen range.

Lawson's fifth book, “Feast: Food to Celebrate Life” was released in 2004. The same year, she made frequent appearances on American television shows such as “Today,”  “This Morning,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Late Late Show,” “The Tony Danza Show” and “Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”  

In 2005, Lawson presented a daytime television talk show on ITV1 called “Nigella,” on which celebrity guests joined her in a studio kitchen. The show received generally negative reviews from critics and was soon canceled due to law ratings.     

Lawson resurfaced with a third food based television series, called “Nigella Feasts,” which premiered on the USA's Food Network in September 2006. Later that same year, she hosted a three-part cookery show on BBC Two called “Nigella's Christmas Kitchen.” The show was a success and won Lawson the World Food Media Award for Best Food And/Or Drink Television Show. Still in 2006, Lawson released a biography titled “Nigella Lawson, A Biography, Gilly Smith.”

“Nigella's Christmas Kitchen” led to the order of a 13-part cookery series entitled “Nigella Express,” which premiered on BBC Two on September 3,  2007. Suggesting ways of making simple and quick dishes, the series enjoyed a rating success in the UK. It was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Program in 2008, while Lawson herself receive the nomination for Outstanding Lifestyle Host. The accompanying book “Nigella Express” was released in the UK in September 2007, U.S. in November 2007, and in Australia in 2008.

A Christmas book called “Nigella Christmas” was released in October 2008. It was released in the US in November 2009 with a different cover photograph. Lawson next released “Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home” in 2010 with a tie in television series called “Nigella Kitchen.” The series premiered in the UK on September 30, 2010 and in the US on October 3, 2010 on Food Network. Both the book and the series were commercial and critical victories.  

In 2012, Lawson released her ninth book, “Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration.” The same year, she hosted the TV series “Nigellissima” on BBC.

In 2013, Lawson co-hosted the ABC reality television cooking show “The Taste” along with Anthony Bourdain.    


World Food Media: Best Food And/Or Drink Television Show, “Nigella's Christmas Kitchen,” 2007
WH Smith Book: Lifestyle Book of the Year, “Nigella Bites,” 2002
World Food Media: Best Television Food Show,” Nigella Bites,” 2001
Guild of Food Writers: Television Broadcast of the Year, “Nigella Bites,” 2001
WH Smith Book: Lifestyle Book of the Year, “How to be a Domestic Goddess,” 2001
British Book: Author of the Year, “How to be a Domestic Goddess,” 2000 Show Less
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