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Nadia Sawalha says people are shocked 'Loose Women' cast get on because they're women

Nadia Sawalha said she has a good relationship with all of her colleagues on Loose Women. (ITV)
Nadia Sawalha said she has a good relationship with all of her colleagues on Loose Women. (ITV)

Nadia Sawalha has revealed "people are all shocked" that the cast of Loose Women get on because they're women — and said they'd never ask the question about male presenters.

The 57-year-old actor appeared on the first ever edition of Loose Women in 1999 and has had a second stint as a regular on the panel since 2013.

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Sawalha told Metro that rumours about behind-the-scenes turmoil among panellists are mostly untrue and said some of the cast are "great friends" while others are more like colleagues.

She said there are some co-presenters she is closer with than others and said the casting team and producers decide which panellists have better chemistry with each other.

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"The thing is, because we’re all women, people are all shocked that we get on," Sawalha said.

She added: "I remember when Judi Love first joined, she said to me: ‘Everyone keeps asking me what are they like?' I say: 'No honestly, they’re great, it’s a really great atmosphere’.

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"We’re professional people. Four men on a show would never be asked if they get on. We’d never be asked if they’re alright after they’ve had [a few words]."

Sawalha said that being on Loose Women is "like any other job" in that there are some co-workers who she spends more time with, while others are just colleagues.

Nadia Sawalha was part of the original Loose Women in 1999 and returned as a regular member of the panel from 2013. (ITV)
Nadia Sawalha was part of the original Loose Women in 1999 and returned as a regular member of the panel from 2013. (ITV)

Elsewhere in the interview, Sawalha discussed her positive approach on Instagram and the apparent self-confidence with which she shares warts-and-all selfies.

She said: "I have huge health anxiety and spent most of my life hiding my body away and would never dream of wearing a bikini and I just got very sick and tired of it.

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"This has been a long process over many years. It’s been really difficult to get where I am and I’m not body confident."

Sawalha rose to fame in the late 1990s for her role as Annie Palmer in EastEnders and also appeared on Casualty and The Bill.

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