Nigella Lawson

Food Writer + Journalist and Broadcaster
Born Jan 6, 1960

Nigella Lucy Lawson is an English food writer, journalist and broadcaster. Lawson is the daughter of Nigel Lawson, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Vanessa Salmon, whose family owned the J. Lyons and Co. empire. After graduating from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, Lawson started work as a book reviewer and restaurant critic, later becoming the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times in 1986.… Read More

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1960 Birth Born on January 6, 1960.


1980 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Nigel and Vanessa Lawson divorced in 1980.
1985 - 1986 2 More Events
1988 28 Years Old Lawson was in a relationship with human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC until 1988, when he left her for novelist Kathy Lette. Lawson met journalist John Diamond in 1986, when they were both writing for The Sunday Times. They married in Venice in 1992 and have a daughter, Cosima and a son, Bruno. … Read More
1989 29 Years Old 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. … Read More


1993 33 Years Old 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 1993 during her early thirties; She has a half-brother, Tom, and a half-sister, Emily, her father's children by his second wife. … Read More
1995 35 Years Old 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". … Read More
1999 39 Years Old Lawson next hosted her own cooking show television series, Nigella Bites, which ran from 1999 to 2001 on Channel 4, followed by a Christmas special in 2001. … Read More


2001 41 Years Old The first series of Nigella Bites averaged 1.9 million viewers, and won her the Television Broadcast of the Year at the Guild of Food Writers Awards and the Best Television Food Show at the World Food Media Awards in 2001. … Read More
In 2002 she also began to write a fortnightly cooking articles for The New York Times, and brought out a profitable line of kitchenware, called the Living Kitchen range, which is sold by numerous retailers.
Her range's value has continued to grow, starting at an estimated £2 million in 2003.
2004 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Lawson's fifth book, Feast: Food that Celebrates Life, released in 2004, made sales worth £3 million. … Read More
2005 45 Years Old 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. … Read More
Her third food-based television series, called Nigella Feasts, debuted on the USA's Food Network in Autumn 2006 for a 13-week run. … Read More
2007 47 Years Old 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! … Read More
In January 2008, Lawson was estimated to have sold more than 3 million books worldwide.


2013 53 Years Old 1 More Event
Lawson travelled to the United States in 2013 and starred alongside Anthony Bourdain in the reality cooking show The Taste. … Read More
2014 54 Years Old 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.
2015 55 Years Old 1 More Event
The UK and US series of The Taste were both completed and in autumn 2015 Lawson began "Simply Nigella", a BBC 2 show showing viewers how to cook a range of dishes that were simple to cook and similar to what viewers would make themselves. … Read More
2016 56 Years Old 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. … Read More
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