“In some ways, I’m grateful to all the people I’ve been out with for putting up with me, and for the fact that I’ve learned so much from my mistakes.
But I don’t want to keep learning the same lesson over and over.
She and Michael didn’t share any scenes, but Julia still made the most of their time together on set.
It’s only when I moved from there and relaxed that I suddenly realised the amount of tension I’d been living under.”Home now for Julia is a Grade I-listed townhouse in Bath, which she has been restoring for the past 16 months – something that has taken up most of her time.
She hasn’t appeared on television since last year when she played a murderess in Agatha Christie’s Marple, but meanwhile she has discovered another creative string to her bow, writing a children’s book about parallel worlds.“I can’t stop writing – I’m like a woman possessed,” she says.
Hair wild and curly, Julia Sawalha bounces into the photographic studio in leather jeggings, a T-shirt and trainers.
It’s hard to believe that Saffy Monsoon, the perennially teenage daughter from Absolutely Fabulous, is actually 46 years old.She is also a proud auntie to Nadia’s daughters Maddy, 11, and Kiki, seven, and Dina’s sons Zak, 26, and Finlay, 16. “I mean, there are moments as a woman when you think, ‘Oh, I quite fancy being a mum today,’ and then by the end of it you think, ‘Thank God I’m not!