Fast Facts

  • Her father was Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and her mother was an heiress to the Lyons Corner House empire.
  • Began her career as a book editor and restaurant reviewer.
  • Became deputy literary editor of London's Sunday Times in 1986.
  • Embarked on a freelance career and wrote for several newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times and British Vogue.
  • Published her first cookbook, How to Eat, in 1998. 
  • Hosted her first TV cooking show, Nigella Bites, in 1999.
  • Was named British Book Awards Author of the Year in 2001 for her second book, How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking.
  • Was listed as one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2002.
  • Introduced the Living Kitchen line of products in 2003.
  • Known for her voluptuousness and flirty manner, she's been dubbed "the queen of food porn."


  • John Diamond — Husband (deceased)
  • Nigel Lawson — Father
  • Thomasina Hill — Sister
  • Charles Saatchi — Husband (separated)
  • Vanessa Salmon — Mother
  • Bruno — Son
  • Cosima — Daughter
  • Dominic Lawson — Brother
  • Horatia Lawson — Sister


  • University of Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall College, Oxford, England (BA in Medieval and Modern Languages)


  • Birth Name: Nigella Lucy Lawson
  • Birth Place: London, England
  • Profession: Chef, Cookbook author, Journalist

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