Sawalha: I'd love to do more acting
Nadia Sawalha has admitted she would like to return to acting in the future.
The former EastEnders star has moved into presenting, but said she never made a "conscious decision" to stop acting.
The star, who played Annie Palmer in Albert Square from 1997 until 1999, said: "I came out of EastEnders and I immediately went for this audition for Loose Women, and so I was in this rather lucky position where very quickly people stopped thinking of me as a character in EastEnders and thought of me as Nadia.
"I didn't make a conscious decision to stop acting, but after I did that first series of Loose Women, I just got offered one job after another as a presenter. As I get a bit older, I do think that a few years down the line I'd love to do a bit more acting, but it certainly wasn't ever the case that I was thinking, 'Oh, I'm having to present when I want to act'. It all happened by accident."
Nadia, who has a new series, Kitchen SOS, which she co-presents with Kerr Drummond, also confessed that she has been on some shows that she wouldn't watch herself.
She admitted: "I did a show a couple of years ago called Accidents Can Happen, and oh, it was miserable! It was like, 'You've got to be careful, if you do this, your house could burn down'. I depressed myself just being on it, let alone watching it."
:: Kitchen SOS is on Home, weeknights at 8pm from Monday, August 27 (Sky 246, Virgin 265).