'When I was 11 I came downstairs to find Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston having dinner': Inside the head of… Emilia Fox
When Hollywood stars pop in for tea and your parents are always on the box, it’s no wonder the Silent Witness actress is not easily star-struck. So what DOES get her hot under the collar? Health and safety obsessives… and gardener Monty Don
What is your earliest memory?
I remember being given two canaries, Samson and Delilah, on my fourth birthday. Samson used to sing very loudly when the washing machine was on. Delilah used to lay eggs continuously and eventually died from overlaying. After her death, Samson never sang another note. That was my first introduction to true love.
What sort of child were you?
I was extremely quiet and shy. My godmother would always comment on how serious I looked as a baby. I just enjoyed observing other people and that habit intensified into adulthood when I became an actress. I didn’t think of it as an unusual childhood, but with my father [Edward Fox] and mother [Joanna David] both being actors, we’d often have famous people around for dinner. I distinctly remember Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston sitting in my living room when I was 11. Only later did I realise this wasn’t a normal family scenario.
What law would you change?
I’d introduce a law that would stop health and safety obsessives interfering with kids’ sports days. I’m sick of hearing that the egg and spoon race is too dangerous for children. What’s the worst that can happen? A kid might get a bit of eggshell in his eye. Big deal.
Who would your dream dinner date be?
The gardeners Monty Don and Andy Sturgeon. I’m mad about gardening. There are few things in life that make me as excited as growing sweet peas or watching my roses bloom. I could happily talk to these two men all night. My ambition is to be able to name every flower in England.
Which person do you most despise?
The person who burgled my parents’ home a few years ago. They took a lot of sentimental items that wouldn’t have meant much to them but meant the world to my mum and dad.
Who would you like to say sorry to?
Years ago I promised to open a donkey sanctuary in Derby but had to pull out at the last minute. I never even wrote a letter to apologise.
Who or what do you dream about?
My recurring dream involves following the white rabbit in Alice In Wonderland. I end up in a room where I’m looking for a jewel that turns out to be a bug, then I open the curtains where the white rabbit is hiding. At that point the room begins to spin and I run off to save a princess. It happens that way every time.
What’s your worst character trait?
I always insist on paying for everything. It comes from a simple urge to give pleasure to others.
Tell us a secret about yourself.
I’m incredibly superstitious. Seeing a single magpie can throw me into a panic as it is written that one’s for sorrow, two’s for joy. I’m constantly touching wood and trying to avoid walking under ladders. It can get very tiring inside my head.
What would you like to be better at?
I’m a hopeless cook. Until recently I could barely cope with an omelette.
What’s your most embarrassing moment?
Last Christmas I had to turn on the festive lights at a London hotel. I’d borrowed a beautiful, beaded dress for the occasion. As I was changing into the dress, the zip wouldn’t budge, which meant I could neither get into or out of it. My friend had to stand behind me all night to conceal the fact it was entirely open at the back.
What do you believe in?
In the 2011 film A Thousand Kisses Deep I played an alcoholic mother. My character was told by her doctor to enjoy what she had rather than have what she wants. That’s something to believe in.
Who do you most admire?
I’ve got a huge amount of admiration for my mum for overcoming all the difficulties she’s been through. After being diagnosed with Ménière’s disease, she suffered with anxiety and depression. She climbed a mountain to be in a position where she could return to the stage. She’s the bravest woman I know.
When were you last really happy?
Yesterday I went to a party for friends and family. We all ended up doing the hokey-cokey around the kitchen.
How would you like to be remembered?
If I was remembered as someone who was a good laugh to be around, I’d settle for that.
‘The Secrets’, with Emilia Fox, starts next Sunday at 10.40pm BBC1
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Actress Emilia Fox on life after divorce, single motherhood, and why, at 40, she still hasn’t grown up
Emilia Fox is one of those actresses who everybody likes. You might like her because of her star turn as Dr Nikki Alexander in Silent Witness, or opposite Vic Reeves in Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased). Or she might appeal to you because she once tried to evict Hello! from her wedding. But she gets my vote because she turns up wearing five-inch, black patent, peep-toe stripper shoes, and a scarlet pedicure. This is not just any bland blonde off the telly.
Fox has just turned 40 but has been in demand as an actress since she was a teenager.
Joanne Froggatt on working with Emilia Fox
Joanne Froggatt was interviewed on BBC’s ‘The Secrets‘ set recently. Below you can read what she said about how she felt about working with Emilia:
What was the atmosphere like on set?
It was great. It was so lovely working with Dominic, and Ben and Emilia were amazing. We had a really lovely time on that job. The first day of any job is a bit nerve-wracking, but when you’re working in an ever evolving way it’s more nerve-wracking, but it’s more rewarding. And I’m sure Ben and Emilia feel the same, that we all got a lot out of it, and I really enjoyed working with both of them. Ben and Emilia had worked together before quite a few times, and I’d worked with Emilia years ago so there was a connection between us anyway which was really nice.
Actors Freddie and Emilia Fox back appeal for clinic that saved their mother
Actors Freddie and Emilia Fox have backed a £3milllion fundraising campaign for a London neurological centre that saved their mother’s life.
TV and stage actress Joanna David was diagnosed with a brain malformation and underwent surgery in 1992 at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.
The 67-year-old, married to Edward Fox, said she owed her life to the centre in Queen Square, which was still in “desperate” need of funds.
The National Brain Appeal, which has raised £40million and marks its 30th birthday today, is appealing for £3million to build an additional operating theatre.
Mrs David, a charity trustee, said: “Facing brain surgery has to be one of the most terrifying experiences and it was hugely reassuring to know I was in such good hands. With both my personal experience and the knowledge that this is an area of desperate need, I felt compelled to support The National Brain Appeal to help ensure that the hospital has all the support it needs.”
Her daughter, Silent Witness actress Emilia Fox said: “Without The National Hospital I might not have a mum.
“Thank you with all my heart National Hospital and The National Brain Appeal. As a family, we are eternally grateful to all the wonderful people who work there.”
Her brother Freddie Fox, who starred opposite Rupert Everett in play The Judas Kiss, added: “The National Brain Appeal means everything to me.
“It supports the hospital that saved my mother and I’m in continual admiration for the amazing results both the hospital and charity achieve.”
Actor Stephen Mangan, known for his roles in Green Wing and Episodes, started supporting the charity after losing his father to brain cancer almost 10 years ago.
He said: “Brain cancer is a devastating disease. The 10-year survival rate, in spite of doubling in the last 40 years, is still just 13 per cent.
“New and more effective treatments are desperately needed.
“The National Brain Appeal charity has funded several vital projects to enable our leading specialist brain tumour doctors and surgeons to develop new treatments.”
Emilia Fox in ‘The Secrets’ - HQ Promos & BTS Photos
Uploaded a couple of HQ promo and BTS photos of Emilia and Joanne Froggatt from their ‘The Secrets‘ episode.
Links can be found below. Thanks farfarawaysite.com for posting them!
First Promo: Emilia Fox stars as Zara in ’The Secrets’: The Lie on BBC One 10 September at 10.35pm
Emilia Fox stars in ‘The Secrets: The Lie’ on BBC One 10 September at 10.35pm
Philip (Ben Chaplin) and Lexie (Joanne Froggatt) seem to have the perfect relationship – until Lexie discovers that Philip is living a double life.
Angry and in shock, Lexie goes in search of the truth. When she discovers that he is married and that his wife Zara (Emilia Fox) is a relationship counsellor, Lexie books sessions with her, going undercover into the heart of Philip’s other life.
The story explores duplicity, love and monogamy, leaving Philip faced with an explosive and surprising ultimatum.
Wednesday 10 September
BBC ONE BBC ONE HD
So excited we finally have a release day!