Emilia Fox

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Emilia Fox
Emilia Fox at the Dom Hemingway London Film Premiere in 2013

Emilia Fox as character Nikki Alexander
BornEmilia Rose Elizabeth Fox
(1974-07-31) 31 July 1974 (age 39)
Hammersmith, London, England
ResidenceLondon, England
NationalityEnglish
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
OccupationActress
Years active1995–present
TelevisionRebecca
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)
Silent Witness
Consuming Passion
Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
Spouse(s)Jared Harris (2005–2010)
Partner(s)Jeremy Gilley
(2010–2011)
ChildrenRose (2010)
ParentsEdward Fox
Joanna David
FamilyFreddie Fox (brother)
James Fox (uncle)
Robert Fox (uncle)
Laurence Fox (cousin)
AwardsBest Actress
2003 Prendimi l'anima – Sabina Spielrein
 
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Emilia Fox
Emilia Fox at the Dom Hemingway London Film Premiere in 2013

Emilia Fox as character Nikki Alexander
BornEmilia Rose Elizabeth Fox
(1974-07-31) 31 July 1974 (age 39)
Hammersmith, London, England
ResidenceLondon, England
NationalityEnglish
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
OccupationActress
Years active1995–present
TelevisionRebecca
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)
Silent Witness
Consuming Passion
Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
Spouse(s)Jared Harris (2005–2010)
Partner(s)Jeremy Gilley
(2010–2011)
ChildrenRose (2010)
ParentsEdward Fox
Joanna David
FamilyFreddie Fox (brother)
James Fox (uncle)
Robert Fox (uncle)
Laurence Fox (cousin)
AwardsBest Actress
2003 Prendimi l'anima – Sabina Spielrein

Emilia Rose Elizabeth Fox[1][2] (born 31 July 1974) is an award-winning English actress, known for her role as Dr. Nikki Alexander on BBC crime drama Silent Witness, having joined the cast in 2004 following the departure of Amanda Burton. She also appeared as Morgause in the BBC's Merlin beginning in the programme's second series.

Personal life[edit]

Fox was born in Hammersmith, London, England.[3] She comes from a thespian family — her mother is actress Joanna David (née Joanna Elizabeth Hacking) and her father is actor Edward Fox. Her uncle is James Fox and her cousins Laurence and Lydia also have successful acting careers.[4] She has a brother Freddie and a half sister Lucy.[1] She was educated at the independent Bryanston School where she played the cello, and the University of Oxford where she read English at St Catherine's, Oxford.[5][6][7] Her great-great grandfather was Samson Fox, and her great-grandmother was the actress Hilda Hanbury, sister of Lily Hanbury.[8] Through Hanbury, she is related to the Terry family of actors.[9]

In 2000 Fox was engaged to the comedian Vic Reeves.[10][11] Shortly after this she began dating the artist and fashion designer Toby Mott[12] but the couple ended the relationship soon afterward. In July 2005, she married British actor Jared Harris, the son of the Irish actor Richard Harris. The couple announced their split in 2008 and Harris filed for divorce in January 2009.[13] Their divorce followed the breakdown of their long-distance relationship and her miscarriage in 2007.[14] Fox also had entered into a relationship with actor Jeremy Gilley. In May 2010 it was reported that Fox was pregnant with their child.[15] The Harris-Fox divorce was finalised in June 2010. In November 2010, Fox gave birth to a baby girl named Rose.[16] She and Gilley broke up in 2011.[17]

Fox is a patron for environment and human rights charity the Environmental Justice Foundation.[18] She speaks German and French. She gave up drinking in 2001 and in 2002 she gave up smoking.[19] She plays the cello and the piano and the trumpet.[20] Fox is an agnostic.

Career[edit]

Fox first appeared as Georgiana, the sister of Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy, in the 1995 television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, followed by her role as the second Mrs. de Winter in the 1997 television adaptation of Rebecca opposite Charles Dance. In 1998 she starred with Ben Miles in the adaptation of Catherine Cookson's The Round Tower as the young Vanessa Radcliffe, a wealthy girl from an affluent family who is forced to leave her home after becoming pregnant. Fox played Jeannie Hurst in the 2000 remake of Randall and Hopkirk. In 2003, she played Jane Seymour in a two-part television biographical film about King Henry VIII. She also played the title role in Katherine Howard, directed by Robin Lefevre at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 1998. In 2004, she played Lady Margaret in Part 2 of Gunpowder, Treason and Plot, the mini-series about James I (James VI in Scotland) and the Gunpowder Plot. In 2005 she played Rosie Jones in the film Keeping Mum and in 2008 she played Sister Jean in Baillie Walsh's Flashbacks of a Fool with Daniel Craig. She also starred in Things To Do Before You're 30, with Billie Piper, who would later marry her first cousin Laurence Fox. She was cast as Lynne Frederick in the 2004 film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers starring Geoffrey Rush in the lead role. A whole section of the film focusing on the Frederick/Sellers relationship was removed in the final edit. (She can be seen briefly in a background shot towards the end of the film) The deleted scenes with Fox can be found with others among the special features on the DVD release of the film.

2007 saw Fox reunited with her Rebecca co-star Charles Dance when they starred together in the ITV1 mini-series Fallen Angel, which saw Fox as serial killer Rosie Byfield, with Dance appearing as her father. The rewind format in which the show was shot traced the development of the killer streak of Fox's character. (Fox and Dance both appeared in ITV1's Henry VIII, but Dance's role of the Duke of Buckingham was limited as his character was arrested for treason less than fifteen minutes into the first half, while Fox's scenes as the doomed third Queen Jane Seymour dominated the first half of the second episode). In the 2008 English language DVD re-release of the cult 2006 Norwegian animated film Free Jimmy, Fox voiced the character of "Bettina". The dialogue was written by Simon Pegg and other actors included Pegg himself and Woody Harrelson. Emilia Fox narrates the popular children's book We're Going on a Bear Hunt (by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury) with Kevin Whately in a special edition book and DVD set. She appeared as Morgause in the second series of BBC's Merlin in 2009. She returned for the third series and the fourth. Also in 2009, she portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in the Channel 4 documentary entitled The Queen.

For Doctor Who she narrated the character, Lady Winters, in the Doctor Who Adventure Game, The Gunpowder Plot, (2011).[21] She previously played Berenice in the Eighth Doctor audio drama Nevermore.[22] She was on Who Do You Think You Are, a British TV show which looked at people's family trees, in 2011. Then 2012 saw Fox playing Lady Portia Alresford in Upstairs Downstairs.[23]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1999Rat Trap, TheThe Rat TrapPippaShort film
2000Magic of Vincent, TheThe Magic of VincentGinaShort film
2002Pianist, TheThe PianistDorota
2002Hideous ManGirl on swingShort film
2002Soul Keeper, TheThe Soul KeeperSabina Spielrein
20033 Blind MiceClaire Bligh
2003Republic of Love, TheThe Republic of LoveFay
2004Life and Death of Peter Sellers, TheThe Life and Death of Peter SellersLynne Frederick (uncredited)
2004CashbackSharonShort film
2005Things to Do Before You're 30Kate
2005Tiger and the Snow, TheThe Tiger and the SnowNancy Browning
2005Keeping MumRosie Jones
2006Free JimmyBettinaVoice (English version)
2006CashbackSharon Pintey
2007HoneymoonDawnShort film
2008Flashbacks of a FoolSister Jean
2009Dorian GrayLady Victoria Wotton
2010Man Who Married Himself, TheThe Man Who Married HimselfSarahShort film
2010Ways to Live ForeverMother
2011Thousand Kisses Deep, AA Thousand Kisses DeepDoris
2013Suspension of DisbeliefClaire JonesFilming
2013Not EverEmilyShort Film
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Pride and PrejudiceGeorgiana DarcyTV miniseries
1997RebeccaThe Second Mrs. de WinterTV film
1997Bright HairAnn DevenishTV film
1997Temptation of Franz Schubert, TheThe Temptation of Franz SchubertKaroline von EsterhazyTV film
1998BlinkNickiTV short
1998VerdictCharlie MoyesEpisode: "The Doctor's Opinion"
1999Round Tower, TheThe Round TowerVanessa RatcliffeTV film
1999Shooting the PastSpigTV film
1999Scarlet Pimpernel, TheThe Scarlet PimpernelMinette RolandEpisode: "The Scarlet Pimpernel"
1999David CopperfieldClara CopperfieldTV film
2000Other People's ChildrenDaleEpisode: "1.3"
2000Wrong Side of the Rainbow, TheThe Wrong Side of the RainbowTV series
2000–2001Randall & HopkirkJeannie11 episodes
2001Bad BloodJackie ShiptonTV film
2002CouplingWilma LettingsEpisode: "Faithless"
Episode: "Unconditional Sex"
2003Helen of TroyCassandra, Princess of TroyTV film
2003Henry VIIIJane SeymourTV film
2004Gunpowder, Treason & PlotLady MargaretTV film
2004–presentSilent WitnessDr. Nikki Alexander92 episodes
2006Virgin Queen, TheThe Virgin QueenAmy DudleyTV miniseries
2006Agatha Christie's Marple: The Moving FingerJoanna BurtonTV film
2006Born EqualLauraTV film
2007Fallen AngelAngel
Rosemary Byfield
Episode: "The Four Last Things"
Episode: "The Judgement of Strangers"
2007Ballet ShoesSylvia BrownTV film
2008Game's Up, TheThe Game's UpTV film
2008The QueenQueen Elizabeth IIEpisode: "Sisters"
2009–2011MerlinMorgause11 episodes
2010BookabooEpisode: "The Spider and the Fly"
2012Upstairs DownstairsLady Portia AlresfordEpisode: "A Perfect Specimen of Womanhood"
2012FalcónInesEpisode: "The Blind Man of Seville"
2013The Wrong MansScarlett

Audio recordings[edit]

King Lear Naxos Audiobooks, 2002. Fox played Cordelia. Cast: Paul Scofield, Alec McCowen, Kenneth Branagh, Harriet Walter, Sara Kestelman, Emilia Fox, Toby Stephens.

The Tempest Naxos Audiobooks, 2004. Fox played Miranda. Cast: Roger Hammond, Ian McKellen, Neville Jason, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Burke, Emilia Fox etc.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Barratt, Nick (26 May 2007). "Family Detective". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Emilia Fox Biography". Advameg, Inc. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/wdytya_emiliafox.php
  4. ^ The Observer Review, p.2, 1 February 2009
  5. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2008/mar/16/highereducation.careers
  6. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1218787/Emilia-Fox-Losing-baby-cost-marriage.html
  7. ^ "Women at Oxford". University of Oxford. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Emilia Fox". The Genealogist. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Who Do You Think You Are?, BBC TV series, episode concerning Emilia Fox, broadcast September 2011
  10. ^ "Interview: Emilia Fox". The Mirror. 11 March 2000. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Emilia Fox Profile". alibi. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  12. ^ Kay, Richard (11 February 2005). "Stars' designer arrested for fighting back against gang". The Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  13. ^ The Curious Benjamin Button Divorce TMZ.com, 13 January 2009
  14. ^ "Fox Sought Therapy After Miscarriage". contactmusic.com. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Emilia Fox is pregnant less than two years after divorce". Telegraph.co.uk (London: Telegraph Media Group). 29 May 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 
  16. ^ Walker, Tim (25 March 2011). "Actress Emilia Fox takes her cub to work". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  17. ^ Kay, Richard (11 January 2012). "Fox brushes up on being alone again". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "Environmental Justice Foundation Patrons". Environmental Justice Foundation. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  19. ^ Hardy, Rebecca (7 October 2009). "Emilia Fox: Losing a baby cost me my marriage". London: The Daily Mail. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  20. ^ UKTV Gold Stars
  21. ^ "The Gunpowder Plot: More Stars, More Monsters!". BBC. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  22. ^ "Doctor Who: Nevermore". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  23. ^ Blackburn, J (2012), "Emilia Fox: Upstairs Downstairs lesbians 'make great lovers'", The Sun 23rd February 2012

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