Emilia Fox

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Emilia Fox
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Fox in 2011
Born
Emilia Rose Elizabeth Fox

(1974-07-31) 31 July 1974 (age 46) [1]
Hammersmith, London, England
Alma mater St Catherine's College, Oxford
OccupationActress and presenter
Years active1995–present
Television Rebecca
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)
Silent Witness
Consuming Passion
Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
The Virgin Queen
Merlin
Delicious
Spouse(s)
(m. 2005;div. 2010)
Partner(s) Jeremy Gilley (2010–2011)
Luc Chaudhary (2019–2020)
Children1
Parent(s) Edward Fox
Joanna David
Family Fox
Awards Best Actress
2003 Prendimi l'anima – Sabina Spielrein

Emilia Rose Elizabeth Fox [2] [3] (born 31 July 1974) is an English actress and presenter whose film debut was in Roman Polanski's film The Pianist . Her other notable films include the ItalianFrenchBritish romance-drama film The Soul Keeper (2002), for which she won the Flaiano Film Award for Best Actress; the drama film The Republic of Love (2003); the comedy-drama film Things to Do Before You're 30 (2005); the black comedy Keeping Mum (2005); the romantic comedy-drama film Cashback (2006); the drama Flashbacks of a Fool (2008); the drama film Ways to live Forever (2010); the drama-thriller A Thousand Kisses Deep (2011); and the fantasy-horror drama film Dorian Gray (2009).

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Fox's television roles include the BBC drama Pride and Prejudice (1995), the PBS British/German television serial Rebecca (1997), ITV Granada's Henry VIII (2003), BBC's Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (2004), the 2005 BBC miniseries The Virgin Queen (2005) and the ITV crime drama series Fallen Angel (2007). She also appeared as Morgause in the BBC's Merlin , beginning in the programme's second series. Fox also starred in Delicious (2016). She stars as Dr. Nikki Alexander on BBC crime drama Silent Witness , having joined the cast in 2004 following the departure of Amanda Burton. Fox is the longest serving cast member since the departures of Tom Ward in 2012 and William Gaminara in 2013. Fox has currently played the role of Nikki for 16 years.

In Britain, Fox has performed in plays with high-profile actors such as Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Jared Harris and Coriolanus with Ralph Fiennes.

Early life

Fox was born in Hammersmith, London. [1] 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 Jack, Laurence and Lydia are also actors. [4] She has a brother, Freddie (also an actor), and a half-sister, Lucy. [2] She was educated at the independent Bryanston School near Blandford Forum, Dorset, where she played the cello, and at St Catherine's College, Oxford, where she read English. [5] [6] Her great-great grandfather was Samson Fox, a self-made millionaire, and her great-grandmother was the actress Hilda Hanbury, sister of Lily Hanbury. Her grandfather was Robin Fox, a theatrical agent. [7] Through Hanbury, she is related to the Terry family of actors. [8]

Career

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 2002 she starred in The Pianist as Dorota, a beautiful, blond, non-Jewish cellist who adores the playing of the Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman (played by Adrien Brody). The film was directed by Roman Polanski. 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 joined the cast of the crime drama, Silent Witness . As of 2020, she is still in the show and has now played the role of Nikki Alexander for sixteen years. Also 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, Fox appeared in the BBC miniseries The Virgin Queen, a four-part miniseries based upon the life of Queen Elizabeth I,Fox played Amy Dudley, the first wife of Robert Dudley, played by Tom Hardy, despite appearing in only one episode, her character remains a key character in the series. In 2008 she played Sister Jean in Baillie Walsh's Flashbacks of a Fool , which also featured 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, although in 2016 they divorced.

She was cast as Lynne Frederick in the 2004 film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers , which starred Geoffrey Rush in the lead role. A whole section of the film focusing on the Frederick/Sellers relationship was removed in the final edit, although she can be seen briefly in a background shot towards the end of the film. The deleted scenes with Fox can be found among the special features on the DVD release of the film.

in 2007, Fox was reunited with her Rebecca co-star Charles Dance when they starred together in the ITV1 mini-series Fallen Angel, Fox played a 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 had previously both appeared in ITV1's Henry VIII, but Dance's role as 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; 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 and fourth series. Also in 2009, she portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in the Channel 4 documentary The Queen .

She narrated the Doctor Who character Lady Winters in the Doctor Who Adventure Game, The Gunpowder Plot, (2011). [9] She had previously played Berenice in the Eighth Doctor audio drama Nevermore . [10]

In 2015 she appeared as Julia Swetlove in the BBC's dramatisation of J. K. Rowling's book The Casual Vacancy . In 2016 she appeared in series 2 of The Tunnel as Vanessa Hamilton. In 2016–18 she has starred as Sam Vincent in Delicious , a Sky television drama. Silent Witness , in which Fox stars, resumed on BBC1 in January 2018.

Personal life

In 2000 Fox was engaged to the comedian Vic Reeves and subsequently dated Toby Mott. [11] [12] In July 2005, she married the British actor Jared Harris, the son of the Irish actor Richard Harris. The couple announced their separation in 2008, and Harris filed for divorce in January 2009. [13] The divorce followed the breakdown of their long-distance relationship and her having a miscarriage in 2007. [14]

Fox later entered into a relationship with actor Jeremy Gilley, and in May 2010 it was reported that Fox was pregnant with their child. [15] The Harris-Fox divorce was finalised in June 2010.[ citation needed ] In November 2010, Fox gave birth to a baby girl named Rose. [16]

Fox is a patron of the environmental and human rights charity the Environmental Justice Foundation. [17] She speaks German and French. She plays the cello, the piano and the trumpet. [18] [ failed verification ]

Filmography

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1999The Rat TrapPippaShort film
2000The Magic of VincentGinaShort film
2002 The Pianist Dorota
2002Hideous ManGirl on swingShort film
2002 The Soul Keeper Sabina Spielrein
2003 Three Blind Mice Claire Bligh
2003 The Republic of Love Fay
2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Lynne Frederick (uncredited)
2004/2006 Cashback SharonShort film later expanded into a full-length feature film
2005 Things to Do Before You're 30 Kate
2005 The Tiger and the Snow Nancy Browning
2005 Keeping Mum Rosie Jones
2006 Free Jimmy BettinaVoice (English version)
2006 Cashback Sharon Pintey
2007HoneymoonDawnShort film
2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Sister Jean
2009 Dorian Gray Lady Victoria Wotton
2010The Man Who Married HimselfSarahShort film
2010 Ways to Live Forever Amanda McQueen (Mum)
2011 A Thousand Kisses Deep Doris
2013Suspension of DisbeliefClaire Jones
2013Not EverEmilyShort Film
2014 The Devil's Harvest Nadya
2016The CarerSophia
2017Mum's ListKate Greene
2021 Blithe Spirit Violet BradmanRelease date: 15th Jan, Sky Cinema/Now TV
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1995 Pride and Prejudice Georgiana DarcyTV miniseries
1997 Rebecca The Second Mrs. de WinterTV film
1997Bright HairAnn DevenishTV film
1997The Temptation of Franz SchubertKaroline von EsterhazyTV film
1998BlinkNickiTV short
1998VerdictCharlie MoyesEpisode: "The Doctor's Opinion"
1999The Round TowerVanessa RatcliffeTV film
1999 Shooting the Past SpigTV film
1999 The Scarlet Pimpernel Minette RolandEpisode: "The Scarlet Pimpernel"
1999 David Copperfield Clara CopperfieldTV film
2000 Other People's Children DaleEpisode: "1.3"
2000The Wrong Side of the RainbowTV series
2000–2001 Randall & Hopkirk Jeannie11 episodes
2001Bad BloodJackie ShiptonTV film
2002 Coupling Wilma LettingsEpisode: "Faithless"
Episode: "Unconditional Sex"
2003 Helen of Troy Cassandra, Princess of Troy TV film
2003 Henry VIII Jane Seymour TV film
2004 Gunpowder, Treason & Plot Lady MargaretTV film
2004–present Silent Witness Dr. Nikki Alexander156 episodes
2006 The Virgin Queen Amy Dudley TV miniseries
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple : The Moving FingerJoanna BurtonTV film
2006 Born Equal LauraTV film
2007 Fallen Angel Angel
Rosemary Byfield
Episode: "The Four Last Things"
Episode: "The Judgement of Strangers"
2007 Ballet Shoes Sylvia BrownTV film
2008 Consuming Passion Kirstie, a 30-something university English lecturerTV film dramatising Mills and Boon
2008The Game's UpTV film
2009 The Queen Queen Elizabeth II Episode: "Sisters"
2009–2011 Merlin Morgause 11 episodes
2010 Bookaboo Herself, reading a bookEpisode: "The Spider and the Fly"
2012 Upstairs Downstairs Lady Portia AlresfordEpisode: "A Perfect Specimen of Womanhood"
2012 Falcón InesEpisode: "The Blind Man of Seville"
2013 The Wrong Mans Scarlett
2014 The Secrets Episode: "The Lie"
2014 Would I Lie to You? HerselfSeries 8, Episode 4
2015 The Casual Vacancy Julia Sweetlove
2015 Bear Grylls: Mission Survive Herself, contestantSix-part TV series
2016–2018 Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway [19] HerselfTV miniseries
"Who Shot Simon Cowell?" (Series 13)
"The Missing Crown Jewels" (Series 14)
"Saturday Knight Takeaway" (Series 15)
2016 Home From Home Penny DillonPilot and BBC One sitcom
2016Kew's Forgotten QueenPresenter BBC Four documentary
2016 The Tunnel Vanessa HamiltonSeries 2
2016–2019 Delicious Sam Vincent Sky1 series
2018 Inside No.9 NatashaSeries 4 Episode 3 "Once Removed"
2018 Strangers Sally PorterITV drama
2019The Snow Wolf: A Winter's TaleNarrator BBC Two Drama
2019–2020 The Trial of Christine Keeler Valerie Profumo BBC One series
2019Jack the Ripper - The Case ReopenedPresenterBBC One Documentary
2019 Celebrity Juice Herself, Team CaptainSeries 21, Episode 6
Series 22, Episode 3
2019–2020Celebrity GoggleboxHerselfSeries 1 (With Laurence Fox) & Series 2 (With Joanna David)
2020 Top Gear HerselfSeries 28, Episode 4
2020VE Day: The Lost FilmsHerselfNarrator
2020Richard & Judy: Keep Reading and Carry onHerselfEpisode 5
2020Blankety Blank Christmas specialHerselfBBC One Special
2021Saturday Knight TakeawayHerselfTV Short
2021Paul Sinha's TV ShowdownHerselfContestant - ITV

Theatre

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996–1997 The Cherry Orchard Anya Royal Shakespeare Company
1998Katherine Howard Katherine Howard Chichester Festival Theatre
1999 Good Donmar Warehouse
2000 Richard II Queen Isabel Almeida Theatre
2000 Coriolanus Virgilia Almeida Theatre
2003–2004 Les Liaisons dangereuses Madame de Tourvel Playhouse Theatre
2014Rapture, Blister, BurnCatherine Hampstead Theatre
2017Sex With StrangersOlivia Hampstead Theatre

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