Nigella Lucy Lawson (born 6th January 1960) is a British journalist, cookery writer and television presenter. Lawson grew up in a Jewish family; she is the daughter of politician Nigel Lawson and sister of Dominic Lawson, the former editor of the Sunday Telegraph. Her mother was socialite Vanessa Salmon, heir to the Lyons Corner House empire, she died of liver cancer in 1985. Her sister, Thomasina, died of breast cancer in 1993 while in her early thirties.
Lawson attended Godolphin and Latymer School and Westminster School before graduating from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford with a degree in Modern and Medieval Languages. She then wrote a restaurant column for the Spectator before becoming deputy literary editor of the Sunday Times in 1986. She has had two television cooking series broadcast in the UK on Channel 4: "Nigella Bites" in 2001 and "Forever Summer" with Nigella in 2002, both of which have accompanying recipe books. She also hosted a daytime TV programme on ITV1 titled "Nigella!" in which celebrity guests joined her in the kitchen. Besides her own cookbooks, Nigella is featured in "Off Duty, The World's Greatest Chefs Cook at Home" (2005).
She was married to journalist John Diamond, with whom she had two children, Cosima and Bruno. Diamond died of throat cancer in 2001. They had met in 1986 when they were both writing for The Sunday Times. She married Charles Saatchi (17 years her senior) in September 2003. Her first biography, "Nigella Lawson", by Gilly Smith, was published by Andre Deutsch in September 2005. The paperback, subtitled, "A Very British Dish" was published in the summer of 2006.