How could you do this, Nadia; Suicide husband's sister hits out at EastEnder Annie for her 'callous' affair with star.EASTENDERS star Nadia Sawalha Nadia Sawalha (born November 18, 1964 in Wandsworth, London, England) is an English actress and television presenter of Jordanian, English, and Huguenot descent.
Nadia is perhaps best known for her role as Annie Palmer in the BBC soap opera EastEnders has been condemned as "callous cal·lous
Of, relating to, or characteristic of a callus or callosity.
of the nature of a callus; hard. and stupid" by her late husband's family following his Christmas Day suicide.
His grieving grieving Mourning, see there sister Louisa says Nadia - Annie Palmer This article is about the soap opera character. For Annie Palmer, the White Witch of Jamaican legend, see White Witch (of Rose Hall).
Annie Palmer was a fictional character in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. She was played by Nadia Sawalha. in the BBC BBC
in full British Broadcasting Corp.
Publicly financed broadcasting system in Britain. A private company at its founding in 1922, it was replaced by a public corporation under royal charter in 1927. soap - never even bothered to read the note tormented musician Justin Mildwater wrote to her before he took his life.
"My brother was so desperately in love he couldn't cope with losing her.
"The tragedy was that he never showed that despair - not to me or anyone else close to him."
Nadia's decision that they should split was heartbreak enough, Louisa goes on. When she then began an affair with her 26-year-old TV co-star co·star also co-star
A starring actor or actress given equal status with another or others in a play or film.
tr. & intr.v. co·starred, co·star·ring, co·stars
To act or present as a costar. Marc Bannerman Marc Bannerman (born 15 August 1973 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish-British actor, best known for playing Gianni di Marco in the BBC soap opera, EastEnders.
Although Marc was born in Dublin, Ireland he spent his childhood growing up in North London, United Kingdom. , Justin, 31, could take no more and, only days later, hanged himself at their home.
"Since then, she has behaved selfishly, rudely and senselessly sense·less
1. Lacking sense or meaning; meaningless.
2. Deficient in sense; foolish or stupid.
3. Insensate; unconscious. ," Louisa claims.
Justin's body was found by his brother Lucian, 29 and her father, Gerd. But the family have refused to release any further details, including the contents of Justin's two suicide notes A suicide note is a message left by someone who later attempts or commits suicide. It is estimated that 12-20% of suicides are accompanied by a note. However, incidence rates may depend on race, method of suicide, and cultural differences and may reach rates as high - one to Nadia and the other to his family.
Louisa says: "Justin had placed their wedding rings on top of Nadia's note. We found them on Boxing Day, but she has never read what he wrote or collected the rings.
"I don't understand how any wife wouldn't want to read her husband's last words to her."
The pair married five years ago in a private ceremony in Jordan, where the actress's father Nadim grew up.
They'd met through Nadia's sister, Julia, best known as Saffy in hit comedy Absolutely Fabulous Absolutely Fabulous is a British sitcom written by and starring Jennifer Saunders and co-starring Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield and Jane Horrocks. It was broadcast on the BBC from 1992 to 2005, and is popularly referred to as Ab Fab. .
"As soon as I saw him," Nadia recalled recently, "I thought, 'Yes please'. He was so beautiful."
Her new husband did all he could to help the struggling actress to find fame. "He loved Nadia," Louisa says, "absolutely loved and adored a·dore
v. a·dored, a·dor·ing, a·dores
1. To worship as God or a god.
2. To regard with deep, often rapturous love. See Synonyms at revere1.
"When Nadia got the job in EastEnders he was so delighted for her, he was jumping up and down.
"He'd drive her to and from work. The other members of the cast used to say how lucky she was to have him."
THEIR lives had changed and they were now moving in different circles.
"In August, Justin went to Barbara Windsor's 60th birthday party and met all the big names there.
"They loved him. Babs kept telling Nadia how lucky she was to have him."
Nadia did her bit, too. As recently as last October, a month before they separated, she was a big hit with Justin's brother Lucian and Louisa's children at a Halloween party.
"They were getting on extremely well. They were a very loving couple even then.
"But he was spending a lot of time with Nadia. More than he should have been. He was a musician, but he wasn't doing as much of his own thing as he should have been.
"So Nadia said to him, 'We'll have a separation. You can get on with your projects, and then we'll get back together'.
"He was upset, but he thought that she was just being strong for the two of them and that after he had finished writing and recording some of his own songs everything would be back to normal.
"But then she moved out - supposedly to stay in a friend's flat." Louisa pauses. She now has no doubt where Nadia really went. "I believe she went to live with Marc Bannerman."
Nadia met her new love when he joined the cast of the hit soap.
Their first scene together, filmed in early December and screened last Thursday, was in a graveyard where Bannerman's character, Gianni di Marco Gianni di Marco was a fictional character in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. He was played by Marc Bannerman.
Gianni arrived in Walford along with the rest of the di Marco family in 1998. , was burying his father.
The sexual tension between them is clear, as it was revealed how the older, wiser Annie Palmer had once seduced Gianni when they were both teenagers.
It was about this time that Justin's suspicions were aroused. "He and Nadia met a couple of times in December," Louisa says. Once, she stayed the night. But when he got up at 7.30 she was gone again."
He told Louisa of his worries. I said 'No, there's nothing going on', because if there was I would know. We confided in each other.
"But he just knew. She had changed. What he didn't know was where she was. Nobody did.
"For the week and a half before he died, Justin never heard from Nadia.
"He used to come round to my house. I'd say, 'We'll eat and watch a film'.
"But he was forever nipping nip·ping
1. Sharp and biting, as the cold.
2. Bitingly sarcastic.
Adj. home to see if she'd left a message."
ON CHRISTMAS Eve, Justin went out for a drink with the friend Nadia had told him she was staying with.
When they went on to the flat where she was supposed to be, there was no Nadia - and no sign that she'd ever been there.
He returned to his sister's, heartbroken heart·bro·ken
Suffering from or exhibiting overwhelming sorrow, grief, or disappointment.
heart . The next day he took his life.
Even now, Louisa cannot take in that her brother's misery should have driven him to that.
"He was meant to stay Christmas Eve at my house, but left his car outside and went home in a taxi.
"On Christmas Day we were all expected to go round to my mother's.
"So my father went to his house and knocked on the door. When there was no answer, he just assumed Justin was out.
"When he never showed up for Christmas dinner Christmas dinner is the primary meal traditionally eaten on Christmas Day. It is often seen as the main event of the day for which the family all gathers and eats together. , mother phoned him but could get no reply.
"She became very worried, as you can imagine. It was Christmas and she hadn't heard from her son.
"When I got up on Boxing Day morning and saw Justin's car still outside my house, I burst into tears. I just knew something must have happened.
"I called Nadia's parents. It was awkward, we hadn't spoken for days.
"Nadia wasn't there. Nobody had seen him.
"So my brother and my father and my boyfriend went to Justin's house with the police. And that was when he was found.
Nadia, contacted by police, came round to Louisa's home that evening.
"There were a lot of tears," Louisa remembers. "We were all highly emotional.
"I remember saying to her 'He's left you a note.' She replied, 'Did he?' and burst into tears. I told her my mum had it.
"She stayed for about an hour. No one talked about why Justin had committed suicide. The notes had made that clear enough."
Nadia spent some time on the phone. The family now suspect that at least one of the people she spoke to was Marc Bannerman.
The funeral - it was to be a woodlands burial because Justin wasn't a believer - was arranged by Louisa's father and by Nadia.
Then, Louisa says, Nadia again disappeared. She wasn't seen for a week.
"We didn't even know whether she was going to be at the funeral. But she turned up with her family."
Louisa shared a car with Nadia at one point. "But we didn't have a real conversation. "To be honest, I found it hard enough just holding myself together for the sake of my brother.
"She didn't say sorry for not being in touch. Everyone put that down to shock.
"There were no recriminations against her. It was a very weepy day.
"But by then we knew she was seeing someone."
Then Nadia was pictured in the paper on Marc Bannerman's arm on a night out with other EastEnders stars, including Martine McCutcheon Martine McCutcheon (born Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting on May 14, 1976) is an English singer, television personality and Laurence Olivier Award winning actress. and Barbara Windsor.
"That," says Louisa, "was when we realised who it was."
SHE remembers her family's reaction. "We didn't feel angry that Nadia had found a new partner.
"We just found it hard to believe that she could go out on the town so soon after my brother's death."
The EastEnders' night at London's trendy Cafe de Paris was January 17 - just ten days after Justin was buried.
"The whole family was really shocked," Louisa says. "It was just so cynical.
"A bit like the character she plays, Annie Palmer, Nadia doesn't seem capable of hurt. How could she be so insensitive to the hundreds of people who knew Justin and who loved Justin?
"If she had to have an affair, at least she should have kept it private."
Louisa is also astonished a·ston·ish
tr.v. as·ton·ished, as·ton·ish·ing, as·ton·ish·es
To fill with sudden wonder or amazement. See Synonyms at surprise. that Nadia went back to work before Justin's funeral - "even though the BBC told her she could have as much time off as she wanted".
Nadia and Bannerman were reported this week to have told pals they have been dating since early January.
Bannerman is said to have been very supportive, helping Nadia grieve grieve
v. grieved, griev·ing, grieves
1. To cause to be sorrowful; distress: It grieves me to see you in such pain.
2. for Justin.
When she saw the story, a distraught dis·traught
1. Deeply agitated, as from emotional conflict.
2. Mad; insane.
[Middle English, alteration of distract, past participle of distracten, Louisa rang Nadia's parents, asking the EastEnders actress to be more discreet about her new man, if only for the sake of her family's feelings. Since Justin's death, the Mildwaters have come across several newspaper stories about their famous in-law.
And Nadia herself has been dogged by other tragedies.
An old pal of Justin's, Reme Johnson, committed suicide. The deaths were entirely unconnected, Louisa says.
"Reme had his own problems. Nadia didn't even know Reme, and Justin hadn't seen him in years.
Then, this week, Marc Bannerman lost his stepfather step·fa·ther
The husband of one's mother and not one's natural father.
a man who has married one's mother after the death or divorce of one's father
Noun 1. . Terence Noronha , 41, was found dead after an apparent overdose overdose /over·dose/ (o´ver-dos?)
1. to administer an excessive dose.
2. an excessive dose.
An excessive dose, especially of a narcotic. .
As the actress struggles to come to terms with her troubled life, Louisa insists: "There has been no anger targeted at Nadia - not from the day Justin died.
"I felt sad for my brother, and that's all I've said to her.
"Nadia's famous. Her life is news.
"All I want for my brother Justin is Justin I, c.450–527, Byzantine emperor (518–27); successor of Anastasius I. He was chief of the imperial guard and became emperor when Anastasius died. Justin persecuted the Monophysites and maintained close relations with the Western Church. that he can finally rest in peace."