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Emilia Fox
Born Emilia Lydia Rose Fox
31 July 1974 (1974-07-31) (age 35)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Jared Harris (2005-2009)

Emilia Lydia Rose Fox (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.


Personal life

Fox was born in London, England. Her mother is actress Joanna David (née Joanne Elizabeth Hacking) and her father is actor Edward Fox. She has a brother Freddie and a half sister Lucy.[1] She was educated at the independent Bryanston School and the University of Oxford where she studied English Literature.[2]

She had a relationship with comedian Vic Reeves. In July 2005 married British actor Jared Harris, the son of the late Irish actor Richard Harris. However, the couple announced a split in 2008 and Harris filed for divorce in January 2009.[3] They divorced following the breakdown of their long-distance relationship and her miscarriage in 2007.[4] She is now dating filmmaker and peace activist Jeremy Gilley.

She speaks German and French. She gave up drinking in 2001 and in 2002 she gave up smoking. She plays the cello and the piano.[5] Fox is an agnostic.[6] On 9 January 2010, she revealed on BBC One show Saturday Kitchen Live that she never cooks and has no experience of cooking.


Fox first appeared as 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 TV adaptation of Rebecca opposite Charles Dance. In 1998 she starred with Ben Miles in the adaptation of Catherine Cooksons 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 (Deceased). In 2003, she played Jane Seymour in a two-part television biopic about King Henry VIII. She also played the title role in Katherine Howard at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, England in 1998. In 2004, she played Lady Margaret in Part 2 of Gunpowder, Treason and Plot, the mini-series about James I of England 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 was limited to that of the Duke of Buckingham who is arrested for treason less than fifteen minutes into the first half, while Fox's scenes 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, amongst others. Emilia Fox narrates the popular children's book 'we're going on a bear hunt' (by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury) with Kevin Whatley in a special edition book and DVD set.

In 2008, she signed up to star in director Richard Blanshard's thriller Soothsayer due to shoot in the summer of 2008.[7]

She appeared as Morgause in the second series of BBC's Merlin in 2009. Also in 2009 she was portraying the Queen in the channel 4 documentery.


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Pride and Prejudice Georgiana Darcy miniseries
1997 Rebecca Mrs de Winter miniseries
1997 Bright Hair Ann Devenish miniseries
1998 Blink Nicki TV series
The Round Tower Vanessa Ratcliffe TV series
1999 Shooting the Past Spig Drama serial
David Copperfield Clara Copperfield miniseries
The Scarlet Pimpernel Minette miniseries
Bad Blood Jackie Shipton TV series
2000 Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) Jeannie Hurst TV series
Other People's Children Dale TV series
2002 Coupling (television - series 3) Wilma Lettings TV series
2003 Henry VIII Jane Seymour miniseries
Helen of Troy Cassandra, Princess of Troy TV series
2004 Gunpowder, Treason & Plot Lady Margaret miniseries
2005 The Virgin Queen Amy Dudley miniseries
2006 Born Equal Laura TV show
Silent Witness Nikki Alexander TV series, present cast member
Marple Joanna Burton TV series
2007 Ballet Shoes Sylvia Brown TV film
Fallen Angel Rosemary 'Rosie' Byefield/Angela 'Angel' Wharton Miniseries
2008 Consuming Passion Kirstie TV film
2009 Merlin Morgause TV series - 2.8 & 2.12
Year Film Role Notes
2002 Prendimi l'anima Sabina Spielrein Won- 'Best Actress' at the Flaiano Film Festival
The Pianist Dorota Nominated for Polish Academy Award for Best Actress
Hideous Man Girl on swing Short film
2002 3 Blind Mice Claire Bligh
The Republic of Love Fay
2004 Things To Do Before You're 30 Kate Taylor
2005 Keeping Mum Rosie Jones
La tigre e la neve Nancy Browning
2006 Cashback Sharon Pintey
Free Jimmy Bettina Voice actor in 2008 English language release
2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Sister Jean
2009 Dorian Gray Lady Victoria Wotton
2010 Ways to Live Forever    


  1. ^ Family detective - Telegraph
  2. ^ Women at Oxford
  3. ^ The Curious Benjamin Button Divorce, 13 January 2009
  4. ^ Emilia Fox- Fox sought therapy after miscarriage Contact Music. 9 June 2009
  5. ^ UKTV Gold Stars
  6. ^ In response to the question "Do you believe in God?", Fox said "I would love to, but I wonder sometimes what he believes in. Religion seems to have been created by man to help and guide humankind. I've no idea, really.""Analyse this: Inside the mind of actress Emilia Fox". 
  7. ^ "Fox's future? A role in 'Soothsayer'". The Hollywood Reporter, the Daily from Cannes (Cannes) (8): 4. 2008-05-21. 

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