BBC Cook, Eat, Repeat: Nigella Lawson’s life from tragic death of first husband to £5m London property

Nigella Lawson’s Cook, Eat, Repeat is back on our screens this evening. The TV chef has had viewers gripped to their screens since her first TV cooking show back in 1999.

Nigella was born in Wandsworth, South London, and began her career as a restaurant critic and book reviewer before becoming literary editor of The Sunday Times. She has been married twice and her first husband, journalist John Diamond, died in 2001. He is the father of Nigella’s two children – Cosima and Bruna.

John and Nigella married in Venice in 1992 and five years later he was diagnosed with throat cancer. His illness was documented in a BBC documentary which comic and presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell adapted into a play called ‘A Lump In My Throat’. Following their seven-year marriage and John’s death, Nigella remarried in 2003.

Nigella married the Iraqi-British businessman Charles Saatchi in 2003 and their ten-year relationship ended very publicly in 2013. Charles and Nigella moved to their Chelsea home in 2011, the house was converted from a former warehouse and was located just metres from his art gallery named after him.

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Nigella married her second husband, Charles Saatchi, in 2003 following her first husband’s death

Nigella’s £5 million London home is something to marvel at and even boasts a cinema and wine cellar, as well as enviable décor and a luxurious modern kitchen.

A look inside the property, from Hello Magazine, shows her peppermint green kitchen with matching AGA oven which is more than decadent enough to appear on her telly shows but she chooses to film on sets as opposed to in her lavish home.

On the whole, Nigella likes to keep a separation between her public and private life and opened up to The Guardian about her experience of the lockdown.

She said she found the ‘pause’ during lockdown to be “wonderful”. She added that she knows it “sounds awful”, but continued: “I’m very happy not having to fill up my life going to things. I very much like having no public life.”

Over her career, however, as Nigella’s fame increased so did the public’s desire to know more about the on-screen chef.

Nigella Lawson and first husband John Diamond

Nigella’s first husband John Diamond died after a battle with throat cancer in 2001

Though from the little of her private life she has openly shared, Nigella has had to deal with personal turmoil as a result of her first husband’s death when he was just 47 and she lost her sister Thomasina to breast cancer in 1993. Her mum Vanessa Salmon also died of liver cancer at just 48.

Nigella also dealt with a very public incident involving her second husband Charles when, in 2013, photographs were published by The Sunday People of her being grabbed by round the neck by him following an argument outside a restaurant.

The couple divorced in July of 2013 and the end of their ‘tumultuous’ marriage was featured heavily in the press, despite Nigella’s preference for privacy.

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On the whole Nigella has kept her children, now both in their mid to late 20s, out of the public eye but Grazia revealed that her daughter Cosima’s nickname is Mimi and she attended the private Latymer Upper School in West London.

Nigella’s preference for privacy may be a result of her extended family’s fame. Nigella is the daughter of Nigel Lawson, a Conservative politician and journalist and former Chancellor of the Exchequer. Nigella worked in journalism herself and her brother, Dominic Lawson is the former editor of The Sunday Telegraph.

Nigella will be back on our screens tonight (March 7) at 7pm in Cook, Eat, Repeat on BBC Two.

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