Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson

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Born Nigella Lucy Lawson
(1960-01-06) 6 January 1960 (age 58)[1]
Wandsworth, London, England
Residence London, England
Alma mater Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Occupation Food writer, journalist and broadcaster
Years active 1983–present
Employer BBC (current)
Channel 4, ITV (former)

Good Food Channel
Food Network (UK version; frequent repeats of Channel 4 and BBC shows)

Known for TV presenting, cookery, writing
Net worth $15–25 million[2]
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Children 2
Relatives Dominic Lawson and Rosa Monckton (brother and sister-in-law)

Nigella Lucy Lawson (born 6 January 1960) is an English journalist, broadcaster, television personality, gourmet, and food writer. She is the daughter of Nigel Lawson, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Vanessa (née Salmon) Lawson, whose family owned the J. Lyons and Co. food and catering business.

She attended Godolphin and Latymer School, London. After graduating from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University,[4] Lawson started work as a book reviewer and restaurant critic, later becoming the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times in 1986. She then embarked upon a career as a freelance journalist, writing for a number of newspapers and magazines. In 1998 her first cookery book, How to Eat, was published and sold 300,000 copies, becoming a best-seller. She published her second book in 2000, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, which won her the British Book Award for Author of the Year.

In 1999 she hosted her own cooking show series, Nigella Bites, on Channel 4, accompanied by another best-selling cookbook. Nigella Bites won Lawson a Guild of Food Writers Award; her 2005 ITV daytime chat show Nigella was met with a negative critical reaction and was cancelled after attracting low ratings. She hosted the Food Network‘s Nigella Feasts in the United States in 2006, followed by a three-part BBC Two series, Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen, in the UK, which led to the commissioning of Nigella Express on BBC Two in 2007. Her own cookware range, Living Kitchen, has a value of £7 million, and she has sold more than 3 million cookery books worldwide to date.

Early life and education[edit]

Nigella Lawson was born in Wandsworth, London,[5] one of the daughters of Lord Lawson of Blaby,[6] a future Conservative MP and Chancellor of the Exchequer in Margaret Thatcher‘s government, and his first wife Vanessa Salmon (1936–1985),[7] a celebrated beauty[8] and the heiress to the J. Lyons and Co. fortune.[9] She is Jewish; her parents both come from Jewish families.[10][11][12] Her given name was originally suggested by her grandmother.[13] Her family kept homes in Kensington and Chelsea.[14][15]

Nigel and Vanessa Lawson divorced in 1980, when Nigella was 20. They both remarried: her father that year to a House of Commons researcher, Therese Maclear (to whom he was married until 2008), and her mother, in the early 1980s, to philosopher A. J. Ayer (they remained married until her mother’s death).[9] As her father was at the time a prominent political figure, some of the things Nigella found frustrating were the judgements and pre-conceptions about her.[13] In the mid 1990s, he decided to lose weight for medical reasons, and subsequently wrote the best-selling The Nigel Lawson Diet Book.[16] Nigella has attributed her unhappiness as a child, in part, to the problematic relationship she had with her mother.[14]

Lawson’s mother died of liver cancer in Westminster, London at the age of 48.[9][17] Lawson’s full-blood siblings are her brother, Dominic, former editor of The Sunday Telegraph, sister Horatia, and sister Thomasina, who died of breast cancer, in her early thirties, in 1993;[18][19][20] She has a half-brother, Tom, who is currently headmaster at Eastbourne College, and a half-sister, Emily, her father’s children by his second wife. Lawson is a cousin to both George Monbiot and Fiona Shackleton through the Salmon family.[21]


Taking part in the third series of the BBC family-history documentary series, Who Do You Think You Are?, Lawson sought to uncover some of her family’s ancestry. She traced her ancestors to Ashkenazi Jews who originate from eastern Europe and Germany, leaving Lawson surprised not to have Sephardi ancestry, as she had believed.[22] She also uncovered that her maternal great-great-great grandfather, Coenraad Sammes (later Coleman Joseph), had fled to England from Amsterdam in 1830 to escape a prison sentence following a conviction for theft.[22][23] His daughter Hannah married Samuel Gluckstein (1821-1873), who was in business with Barnett Salmon of Salmon & Gluckstein. They had several children, including Isidore and Montague Gluckstein, who together with Salmon founded J. Lyons and Co. in 1887,[22][24] and Helena, who married him. One of the children of Helena and Barnett Salmon was Alfred Salmon (1868-1928), the great-grandfather of Nigella Lawson.


Lawson spent some of her childhood in the Welsh village of Higher Kinnerton. She had to move schools nine times between the ages of 9 and 18, and consequently she described her school years as difficult. “I was just difficult, disruptive, good at school work, but rude, I suspect, and too highly-strung”, Lawson reflected.[18] She was educated at several independent schools, at among other places, Ibstock Place School, Queen’s Gate School and Godolphin and Latymer School. She worked for many department stores in London,[25] and went on to graduate from the University of Oxford[25] with a degree in medieval and modern languages.[26] She lived in Florence, Italy, for a time.[17]


Early work[edit]

Lawson originally worked in publishing, first taking a job under publisher Naim Attallah.[25] At 23, she began her career in journalism after Charles Moore had invited her to write for The Spectator.[25] Her initial work at the magazine consisted of writing book reviews,[27] after which period she became a restaurant critic there in 1985.[18] She became the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times in 1986 at the age of 26.[18]

She occasionally drifted into the public’s eye, attracting publicity in 1989 when she admitted voting for Labour in an election as opposed to her father’s Conservative Party, and then criticised Margaret Thatcher in print.[9] Regarding her political relationship with her father, Lawson has stated, “My father would never expect me to agree with him about anything in particular and, to be honest, we never talk about politics much.”[28]

After her stint at The Sunday Times, she embarked upon a freelance writing career, realising that “I was on the wrong ladder. I didn’t want to be an executive, being paid to worry rather than think”.[14] In the United Kingdom, she wrote for The Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard, The Observer and The Times Literary Supplement, and penned a food column for Vogue[29] and a makeup column for The Times Magazine,[14] as well as working with Gourmet and Bon Appétit in the United States.[30] After two weeks working on Talk Radio in 1995, Lawson was sacked after she had stated her shopping was done for her, which was deemed incompatible with the radio station’s desired “common touch”.[9]

1998–2002: Cook book writing and Nigella Bites[edit]

Lawson had an established sense of cooking from her childhood, having had a mother who enjoyed cooking.[14] She conceived the idea of writing a cookbook after she observed a dinner party host in tears because of an unset crème caramel.[31] How to Eat (1998),[18] featuring culinary tips on preparation and saving time,[31] sold 300,000 copies in the UK.[27] The Sunday Telegraph dubbed it “the most valuable culinary guide published this decade.”[32]

Its successor, How to be a Domestic Goddess (2000), focuses primarily on baking.[17] Of this second bestseller, The Times wrote of Lawson’s book, that it “is defined by its intimate, companionable approach. She is not issuing matronly instructions like Delia; she is merely making sisterly suggestions”.[14] Lawson rejected feminist criticism of her book,[33] adding that “[s]ome people did take the domestic goddess title literally rather than ironically. It was about the pleasures of feeling like one rather than actually being one.”[6] The book sold 180,000 copies in four months,[31] and won Lawson the title of Author of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2001,[27] fending off competition from authors such as J. K. Rowling.[34] How to Eat and How to be a Domestic Goddess were published in the U.S. in 2000 and 2001.[35] As a result of the book’s success, The Observer took her on as a social affairs columnist.[18]

Lawson next hosted her own cooking show television series, Nigella Bites, which ran from 1999 to 2001 on Channel 4,[36][37] followed by a Christmas special in 2001.[38] Victor Lewis-Smith, a critic usually known for his biting comments, praised Lawson for being “formidably charismatic”.[6] The first series of Nigella Bites averaged 1.9 million viewers,[39] and won her the Television Broadcast of the Year at the Guild of Food Writers Awards[40] and the Best Television Food Show at the World Food Media Awards in 2001.[41] The show yielded an accompanying best-selling recipe book, also called Nigella Bites,[42] for which Waterstone’s book stores reported UK sales of over 300,000.[43] The book won a W H Smith Award for Lifestyle Book of the Year.[44]

The Nigella Bites series, which was filmed in her home in west London, was later broadcast on American television channels E![45] and Style Network.[27] Lawson said of the US release, “In the UK, my viewers have responded to the fact I’m trying to reduce, not add to, their burden and I’m looking forward to making that connection with Style viewers across the US”.[45] Overall, Lawson was well received in the United States.[28] Those who did criticise her often suggested she was too flirtatious; a commentator from The New York Times said, “Lawson’s sexy roundness mixed with her speed-demon technique makes cooking dinner with Nigella look like a prelude to an orgy”.[27] The book of Nigella Bites became the second bestselling cook book of Christmas 2002 in America.[46] The series was followed by Forever Summer with Nigella in 2002 on Channel 4, the concept being, “that you cook to make you still feel as though you’re on holiday”.[28] Fellow food writer Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall condemned the concept as “cynical and reckless” and referred to the book as Fuck Seasonality.[47]

In 2002 Lawson also began to write a fortnightly cooking articles for The New York Times,[7] and brought out a profitable line of kitchenware, called the Living Kitchen range, which is sold by numerous retailers.[29] Her range’s value has continued to grow, starting at an estimated £2 million in 2003.[48]

2003–2006: Nigella Feasts and BBC contract[edit]

At a book signing in 2004.

In November 2003, Lawson oversaw the menu and preparations for a lunch hosted by Tony Blair at Downing Street for George W. Bush and his wife during their state visit to the UK.[49] Laura Bush is said to be a fan of Lawson’s recipes and once included one of her soups as the starter for the 2002 presidential Christmas dinner.[46] Lawson’s fifth book, Feast: Food that Celebrates Life, released in 2004,[50] made sales worth £3 million.[51] London’s Evening Standard wrote that the book “works both as a practical manual and an engrossing read. … Nobody else writes so openly about the emotional significance of food.”[52] Lawson appeared frequently on American television in 2004, conducting cookery slots on talk shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[53]

In the UK in 2005, Lawson started to host a daytime television chat show on ITV1 called Nigella, on which celebrity guests joined her in a studio kitchen.[23] The first episode debuted with a disappointing 800,000 viewers.[54] The show was met with a largely negative critical reaction,[55] and after losing 40% of its viewers in the first week, the show was cancelled.[56] She later commented to Radio Times that on her first show, she was almost too frightened to come out of her dressing room.[57] Lawson added that having to pretend to be interested in the lives of the celebrities on her show became too much of an effort.[23]

Her third food-based television series, called Nigella Feasts, debuted on the USA’s Food Network in Autumn 2006 for a 13-week run.[56] Time magazine wrote a favorable review of the show; “the real appeal of Feasts … is her unfussy, wry, practical approach to entertaining and quality comfort food. … between the luscious camera shots and Lawson’s sensual enjoyment of eating, Feasts will leave you wishing for an invite”.[58]

Lawson was next signed to BBC Two to host a three-part cookery show entitled Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen, which began on 6 December 2006 and aired weekly. The first two episodes secured the second highest ratings of the week for BBC Two, with the first episode debuting with a strong 3.5 million.[59][60] The final episode went on to become the top show on BBC Two the week that it was aired.[59] Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen won Lawson a second World Food Media Award in 2007.[61] Her influence as a food commentator was also demonstrated in late 2006, when after she had lauded goose fat as being an essential ingredient for Christmas, sales percentages of the product increased significantly in the UK. Waitrose and Tesco both stated that goose fat sales had more than doubled, as well as Asda‘s goose fat sales increasing by 65% from the previous week.[62] Similarly, after she advised using prunes in a recipe on Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen, Waitrose had increased sales of 30% year on year.[63]

2007–2009: Nigella Express and Nigella’s Christmas[edit]

Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen led to the commissioning of a 13-part cookery series entitled Nigella Express.[64] She said “I wouldn’t describe them as junk”.[65] The show became another ratings success and one of BBC Two’s top-rated shows each week.[66] The first episode debuted with 2.85 million viewers,[66] a high percentage above the channel’s slot average.[67] The second episode’s viewing figures rose to 3.3 million,[68] and the series peaked at 3.4 million on 22 October 2007.[69]

Her influence with the public was again demonstrated when sales of Riesling wine increased by 30% in the UK after she had incorporated it into her Coq au Riesling recipe on Nigella Express.[70] In December 2007 she appeared on BBC’s The Graham Norton Show and revealed that she had once eaten 30 pickled eggs for a £1,000 bet, saying “How stupid to challenge me! I made them all put their money on the table in front of me. The next day I had scrambled eggs for breakfast.”[71]

Lawson came under criticism when viewers complained that she had gained weight since the debut episode of the series.[72] The Guardian however, noted, “the food matches her appearance – flawless, polished and sexy”.[73] The rights to Nigella Express were sold to Discovery Asia.[74] The series was nominated at the 35th Daytime Emmy Awards in the United States for Outstanding Lifestyle Program, and Lawson herself for the Outstanding Lifestyle Host.[75]

The accompanying book to Nigella Express was released in the UK in September 2007, US in November 2007, and in Australia in 2008.[76] Sharing the same name as the television series, the book became another best-seller in the UK,[77] and was outselling television chef Jamie Oliver by 100,000 copies, according to Waterstone’s. It was reported that over 490,000 copies had been sold by mid-December in the UK.[43] Furthermore, the book was number one for a period on Amazon UK’s bestselling books,[43] and was ninth on their overall list of Christmas bestsellers in any category.[78] Paul Levy of The Guardian wrote that the tone of the recipes was “just right. One of the appealing things about Nigella’s brief introductions to each of them is that she thinks not just as cook, but as eater, and tells you whether they’re messy, sticky or fussy.”[73] In January 2008, Lawson was estimated to have sold more than 3 million books worldwide.[79] Her Christmas book was released in October 2008 and the television show in December of the same year. An American edition of the book “Nigella Christmas” with a different cover photograph was released in November 2009 with an accompanying book tour of several US cities and a special on the USA’s Food Network.[citation needed]

2010–2014, Nigellissima and The Taste[edit]

Lawson at Selfridges London, 2012

Lawson was featured as one of the three judges on a special battle of Iron Chef America, titled “The Super Chef Battle”, which pitted White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford and Iron Chef Bobby Flay against chef Emeril Lagasse and Iron Chef Mario Batali. This episode was originally broadcast on 3 January 2010. Lawson’s cookbook Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home (2010) is a tie-in with the TV series “Nigella Kitchen.” This was shown in the UK and on the Food Network in the United States.

Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration was released in 2012. The 8-part TV series entitled Nigellissima was broadcast by the BBC. Nigella Lawson obtained work experience in Italy during her gap year.[80]

Lawson travelled to the United States in 2013 and starred alongside Anthony Bourdain in the reality cooking show The Taste. The UK version of the show began airing on 7 January 2014 on Channel 4. Lawson was granted a visa to travel to the United States and travelled there for a continuation of the series.[81] In 2014 Lawson was hired by a chocolate company to appear in an advertisement, the advertisement was filmed in New Zealand in May for a local confection manufacturer Whittaker’s.[82][83][84][85][86]

2015-, Simply Nigella, Eurovision and MasterChef Australia[edit]

The UK and US series of The Taste were both completed[87] and in autumn 2015 Lawson began Simply Nigella for BBC 2.[88] The focus was on comfort food, familiar dishes that are simple and quick to cook.[89]

Lawson was spokesperson for the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, giving the twelve points to Sweden‘s Måns Zelmerlöw and his song “Heroes“, which went on to win the contest. [90]

It was reported on 18 January 2016, that Lawson would make a return to Australian television, joining series 8 of MasterChef Australia as a guest judge, alongside the returning judges.[91]

Presenting style and image[edit]

Though Lawson has enjoyed a successful career in cookery, she is not a trained chef,[92] and does not like being referred to as a “celebrity chef”.[13] Furthermore, she does not see herself as a cook or an expert in her field.[17] Throughout Lawson’s television programmes,[93] she emphasises that she cooks for her own pleasure,[14] for enjoyment,[6] and that she finds cooking therapeutic. When deciding upon which recipes to feature in her books, she takes the view of the eater, stating, “If it’s something I don’t want to carry on eating once I’m full, then I don’t want the recipe … I have to feel that I want to cook the thing again”.[17]

Lawson has adopted a casual approach to cooking, stating, “I think cooking should be about fun and family. … I think part of my appeal is that my approach to cooking is really relaxed and not rigid. There are no rules in my kitchen.”[92] One editor, highlighting the technical simplicity of Lawson’s recipes, noted that “her dishes require none of the elaborate preparation called for by most TV chefs”.[94]

Lawson has become renowned for her flirtatious manner of presenting, although she argues “It’s not meant to be flirtatious. … I don’t have the talent to adopt a different persona. It’s intimate, not flirtatious”.[23] The perceived overt sexuality of her presentation style has led to Lawson being called the “queen of food porn“.[95][96] Many commentators have alluded to Lawson’s attractiveness, and she was once named as one of the world’s most beautiful women.[17] She has been referred to as “stunningly beautiful, warm, honest, likeable and amazingly normal”,[18] as well as being described as having “flawless skin, perfect white teeth, a voluptuous body, ample height and lots of lush, brown hair”.[92] Nigella Lawson has been voted, Sexiest Celebrity Chef.[97] The media have also noted Lawson’s ability to engage with both male and female viewers;[6][98] The Guardian wrote, “Men love her because they want to be with her. Women love her because they want to be her”.[13] The chef Gary Rhodes said that viewers were attracted to her smile rather than her cooking.[99] Despite often being labelled as a domestic goddess,[100] she insists that she exhibits very few of the qualities associated with the title.[28]

One critic summarised, “her descriptions of food can be a tangle of adjectives”.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Relationships and children[edit]

Lawson met journalist John Diamond in 1986, when they were both writing for The Sunday Times.[18] They married in Venice in 1992, and have a daughter, Cosima, and a son, Bruno.[101] Diamond was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1997 and died in March 2001, aged 47.[27] One of his last messages to Lawson was, “How proud I am of you and what you have become. The great thing about us is that we have made us who we are.”[6] His death occurred during the filming of Nigella Bites; “I took a fortnight off. But I’m not a great believer in breaks”, Lawson explained;[6] she suffered a bout of depression following the funeral.[13] After Diamond’s death, Lawson kept all of the press clippings in what she called her “Morbidobox”.[6]

Charles Saatchi[edit]

Lawson married art collector Charles Saatchi in September 2003.[102] Lawson was not always happy for unspecified reasons and admitted in 2012 that she sometimes said, “Please God, get me through the ordeal that is today.”[80]

In June 2013, photographs were published by The Sunday People of Lawson being grabbed around the neck by Saatchi, during an argument outside a London seafood restaurant.[103][104] According to a witness, Lawson was very distressed by the incident.[105] Saatchi later described the pictures as showing only a “playful tiff” and his trying to emphasise a point.[105][106] After a police investigation of the incident, Saatchi was cautioned for assault, and it was reported that Lawson had left the family home.[107][108] Lawson said in court Saatchi subjected her to “intimate terrorism”, that he threatened to maliciously finish her 1,000-piece jigsaw[clarification needed] unless she cleared him in court.[109] Subsequently, while giving evidence, Lawson claimed casual cruelty and controlling behaviour by Saatchi made her unhappy and drove her to occasional drug use. She cited as examples that Saatchi prevented her entertaining at home and punished her for going to a birthday party of a woman friend. She was not beaten but was left emotionally scarred.[110][111]

Saatchi announced his divorce from Lawson in early July, stating that he had “clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so” and the couple had “become estranged and drifted apart”. Lawson made no public comment in response;[112] however, court papers showed that it was Lawson who filed for divorce, citing ongoing unreasonable behaviour.[113] On 31 July 2013, seven weeks after the incident, the pair was granted a decree nisi, ending their ten-year marriage.[113] They reached a private financial settlement.[113]

Assistants’ fraud trial[edit]

On 27 November 2013, a trial of the former couple’s two personal assistants, Italian-born sisters Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo, began in R v Grillo and Grillo. The Grillos were accused of fraudulently using the credit cards of Saatchi’s private company.[114][115] During court proceedings in early December, the sisters claimed that Lawson had permitted their use of the credit cards in exchange for their silence regarding her drug use. Questions regarding Lawson’s drug use were allowed by the judge as part of the sisters’ “bad character” defence. Lawson admitted to taking cocaine and cannabis but denied she had been addicted, stating, “I found it made an intolerable situation tolerable.”[116] On 20 December 2013, the two sisters were acquitted. Scotland Yard said that Lawson would not be investigated over the drug allegations.[117]

Charles Saatchi was alleged to have started a drug smear campaign against Lawson in the British media, through PR man Richard Hillgrove, before the trial was over.[118][119] Lawson’s lawyers demanded that Hillgrove remove comments about her made in his blog.[120] Lawson claimed in court that ending her marriage to Saatchi had created tolerable conditions for herself and her family, describing Saatchi as “a brilliant but brutal man.”

Lawson maintained she was “totally cannabis, cocaine, any drug, free” after the divorce.[121]

Interests and beliefs[edit]

Saatchi was worth a reputed £1000 million.[122] It was reported in 2008 that Lawson said her two children should not inherit any of the fortune.[122]

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 2006 Canada A.M. (TV Series)

Episode dated 29 September 2006 (2006) … Herself
 2003-2006 Late Night with Conan O’Brien (TV Series)

Episode #14.11 (2006) … Herself
Episode #12.98 (2005) … Herself
Episode #10.114 (2003) … Herself
 2003-2006 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series)

Episode dated 27 September 2006 (2006) … Herself
Episode dated 4 December 2004 (2004) … Herself
Episode dated 10 November 2004 (2004) … Herself
 2005 Nigella (TV Series)
Herself – Presenter

Episode #1.20 (2005) … Herself – Presenter
Episode #1.19 (2005) … Herself – Presenter
Episode #1.18 (2005) … Herself – Presenter
Episode #1.17 (2005) … Herself – Presenter
Episode #1.16 (2005) … Herself – Presenter
 2002-2005 Breakfast with Frost (TV Series)

Episode dated 29 May 2005 (2005) … Herself
Episode dated 13 January 2002 (2002) … Herself
 2005 Page Turners (TV Series documentary)

Episode #1.8 (2005) … Herself
 2005 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (TV Series)

Episode dated 26 March 2005 (2005) … Herself
 2004 The Late Late Show (TV Series)

Episode dated 3 December 2004 (2004) … Herself
 2004 The Tony Danza Show (TV Series)

Episode #1.55 (2004) … Herself
 2004 Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (TV Series)

Episode dated 18 November 2004 (2004) … Herself
Episode dated 13 May 2004 (2004) … Herself
 2004 Christine Cushing Live (TV Series)

English Feast (2004) … Herself
 2002-2004 Parkinson (TV Series)

Episode dated 23 October 2004 (2004) … Herself
Episode dated 26 October 2002 (2002) … Herself
 2004 Richard & Judy (TV Series)

Episode dated 8 October 2004 (2004) … Herself
Episode dated 14 January 2004 (2004) … Herself
 2004 Liquid News (TV Series)

Episode dated 23 March 2004 (2004) … Herself
 2003 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series)

Episode #11.76 (2003) … Herself
 2003 The Michael Essany Show (TV Series)

Episode #1.7 (2003) … Herself
 2002 Forever Summer with Nigella (TV Series)
Herself – Presenter

Amber (2002) … Herself – Presenter
Green (2002) … Herself – Presenter
Brown (2002) … Herself – Presenter
Red (2002) … Herself – Presenter
White (2002) … Herself – Presenter
 2002 The Joy of Gardening (TV Movie)
 2001 I Love 1980’s (TV Series documentary)

I Love 1989 (2001) … Herself
I Love 1982 (2001) … Herself
I Love 1981 (2001) … Herself
I Love 1980 (2001) … Herself
 2000 So Graham Norton (TV Series)

Episode #4.8 (2000) … Herself
 2000 Have I Got News for You (TV Series)

Episode #20.8 (2000) … Herself
 2000 Masterchef (TV Series)

Episode #10.3 (2000) … Herself
 1999 The Sundays (TV Series)

Episode #2.8 (1999) … Herself
 1999 The Food Factory (TV Series)

Episode #1.1 (1999) … Herself
 1997-1998 Question Time (TV Series)

Episode dated 26 November 1998 (1998) … Herself
Episode dated 11 December 1997 (1997) … Herself
 1995 Do the Right Thing (TV Series)
Herself – Panellist

Episode #2.5 (1995) … Herself – Panellist
 1995 Without Walls (TV Series documentary)

J’accuse: The Vegetarians (1995) … Herself
 1994 Littlejohn Live and Uncut (TV Series)

Episode #1.1 (1994) … Herself

Although both of Lawson’s parents are Jewish,[13] her upbringing was non-observant and Lawson herself identifies as an atheist.[123] In one of her newspaper articles, she has shown a liberal attitude to sexuality (“most [women] simply have, somewhere, a fantasy about having sex, in a non-defining, non-exclusive way, with other women.”)[124]

Lawson is a supporter of the Lavender Trust which gives support to young women with breast cancer. She first became involved with the charity in 2002 when she baked some lavender cupcakes to be auctioned at a fundraising event, which sold for a significant amount of money. She subsequently featured the recipe in her book Forever Summer with Nigella.[125]

In December 2008, Lawson caused controversy and was featured in various newspapers for publicly advocating wearing fur. She also remarked that she would love to kill a bear and then wear it.[126]

It was revealed by leaked Whitehall documents in 2003 that Lawson declined an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II in 2001.[127] As the daughter of a life peer, Lawson is entitled to the courtesy style of “The Honourable“, and is thus named The Hon. Nigella Lawson; however, she does not use this courtesy style.

Lawson has stated that she believes cooking is “a metaphor for life”, in the sense that “When you cook, you need structure […] but just as importantly you need to be able to loosen up and go with the flow […] you must not strive for perfection but, rather, acknowledge your mistakes and work out how you can rectify them”. 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”.[128]

Television credits[edit]

Year Title Role Episodes
1999–2001 Nigella Bites Host 16 episodes (series 1–2; one Christmas special)
2002 Forever Summer Host 8 episodes
2005 Nigella Host 20 episodes
2006 Nigella Feasts Host 13 episodes
2006, 2008 Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen Host 6 episodes (series 1–2)
2007 Nigella Express Host 13 episodes
2009 Top Chef Guest judge Episode: “Strip Around the World” (season 6)
2010 Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event Guest judge Television special
2010 Nigella Kitchen Host 13 episodes
2011 MasterChef Australia Guest judge Episode: “Offsite Challenge 4” (series 3)
2012 Nigellissima Host 7 episodes
2013–14 The Taste Judge 23 episodes (series 1–3)
2014 The Taste (UK) Judge 10 episodes (series 1)
2014 Modern Family Herself Episode: “Three Turkeys
2015 Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Herself Finale
2015 Simply Nigella Host 6 episodes and one Christmas special
2016 MasterChef Australia Guest judge 5 episodes (series 8)
2017 Nigella: At My Table Host 6 episodes and one Christmas special
2018 MasterChef Australia Guest judge 5 episodes (series 10)


  • 2000: British Book Award – Author of the Year for How to be a Domestic Goddess
  • 2001: WH Smith Book Award – How To Be A Domestic Goddess shortlisted for Lifestyle Book of the Year
  • 2001: Guild of Food Writers – Television Broadcast of the Year for Nigella Bites
  • 2001: World Food Media Award – Gold Ladle Best Television Food Show for Nigella Bites
  • 2002: WH Smith Book Awards – Lifestyle Book of the Year for Nigella Bites
  • 2007: World Food Media Award – Gold Ladle Best Food And/Or Drink Television Show for Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen



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