4 December 2013
Last updated at 17:55
TV cook Nigella Lawson, who has admitted in court to taking cocaine, was born in London in 1960, the daughter of future Conservative Chancellor Nigel Lawson and socialite Vanessa Salmon.
At 32, she married her Sunday Times colleague, John Diamond. Children - Cosima and Bruno - followed swiftly after their wedding in Venice.
Her book writing began with How to Eat, but it was its successor, How to be a Domestic Goddess, that launched Lawson's culinary career and won her the title of author of the year at the British Book Awards 2000.
In 2001, her husband, John Diamond, died of throat cancer. His battle against the illness was recorded in his newspaper column and a BBC documentary.
Through her cookbooks, which brought to life the joys of eating and baking, she won a legion of fans and became a household name.
She married for the second time in 2003. Charles Saatchi, a millionaire art dealer, co-founded the world's largest advertising agency of the 1980s, Saatchi & Saatchi, with his brother Maurice.
Her TV career took off with Nigella Bites on Channel 4. Later, at the BBC, she went on to make Nigella's Christmas Kitchen, Nigella Express and Nigellissima.
She is known for luring in viewers with her usually simple, but rich, recipes, delivered in a flirtatious manner,
Alongside her TV career, she has launched her own kitchenware range.
Her on-screen success has not been mirrored off-screen. In June, photographs were published of her husband apparently grabbing Lawson by the throat outside a London restaurant - an incident he dismissed as a "playful tiff".
Saatchi accepted a police caution for assault after the publication of the restaurant photographs. But the couple divorced a month later, ending their 10-year marriage.
Lawson is making headlines again, as a court case hears she took cocaine a handful of times with her first husband when he was terminally ill and again, in 2010, during an "unhappy" time. She denies having a drug problem or being an addict.