Daughter of Edward, niece to James and cousin to Laurence, Emilia Fox is a member of the British incredibly gifted Fox acting dynasty. She has created an impressive acting resume with more than 30 projects under her belt since making her debut in 1995. After working on numerous television programs, the London-born received her big break on the Oscar winning director Roman Polanski’s World War II movie The Pianist (2002), starring as Dorota, a role that brought her a Polish Film nomination. In a more recent time, she became famous for playing apprentice pathologist Nikki Alexander on the television series “Silent Witness” (2004-2006), taking over the pedals from Amanda Burton. Additionally, she is probably best-remembered as Jeannie Hurst on the Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer’s modern take on classic “Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)” (2000).
In her native country, Emilia is also known for her work on such TV films as David Copperfield (1999), Stephen Poliakoff’s Shooting the Past (1999), Helen of Troy (2003), Henry VIII (2003), Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (2004), Marple: The Moving Finger (2006) and Born Equal (2006). Her movie credits include The Soul Keeper (2002), 3 Blind Mice (2003), Things to Do Before You’re 30 (2004), the animated Free Jimmy (2006) and Cashback (2006).
Outside the limelight, the 5-foot-6-inch actress is a proficient kickboxer and also plays the piano and cello. For a short time in 2000, Emilia was engaged to comedian Vic Reeves, whom she met on the set of “Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased).” Soon after splitting up with Reeves, she dated fashion designer Toby Mott, but they separated due to busy work. Her romantic life has also been linked to actor Orlando Wells. The two dated when they were students at Oxford University. In 2005, Emilia married British actor Jared Harris, the son of the late Irish actor Richard Harris.
Childhood and Family:
Emilia Rose Elizabeth Fox was born on July 31, 1974 in London, England. She was educated at Bryanston School and Oxford University. Emilia comes from one of Britain’s great thespian dynasties, The Foxes. Her father, Edward Fox, is a Chelsea-born prolific actor who starred in the movie The Day of the Jackal (1973) and the miniseries “Edward and Mrs. Simpson” (1978) and her mother, Joanna David, is also an actress. She is the cousin of actor Laurence Fox and niece of actor James Fox. However, as a child, the shy girl was never really conscious of being part of an acting dynasty. She says, “(My parents) had jobs and they happened to be acting. My recognition of it being something that was interesting to other people didn’t really come until I started working myself.”
In July 16, 2005, Emilia tied the knot with actor Jared Harris (born August 24, 1961, in London, England). The two met in 2003 when they both starred in the miserable West End theatre production of “Les Lisisons Dangereuses.”
The daughter of the actors Edward Fox and Joanna David, Emilia Fox entered the family business at age 21 with the phenomenally victorious BBC classic drama “Pride and Prejudice” (1995), where she played Darcy’s younger sister Georgiana. She continued to portray Mrs. de Winter in the television adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca (1997), a character her own mother had played in the 1979 version, Ann Devenish in the TV film Bright Hair (1997) and Nicki in Blink (1998), a short helmed and penned by Amy Jenkins. The last two projects also saw the actress share the screen with James Purefoy.
1999 verified to be a busy and impressive year for Emilia. After starring in the short The Rat Trap, she had a lead opposite Lia Williams and Steven Mackintosh in telepic Bad Blood and costarred in Shooting the Past, a history TV-movie directed and written by Stephen Poliakoff. She also acted in the drama series “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and was cast as Clara in the star-studded David Copperfield, opposite Maggie Smith, Daniel Radcliffe, Pauline Quirke, Trevor Eve and Alun Armstrong.
Emilia kept on her busy work in the new millennium. In 2000, she teamed up with director Charles Palmer for his short, The Magic of Vincent, starred as Dale in the series “Other People’s Children” (2000, with Lesley Manville and Denis Lawson) as well as acted in the short-lived “The Wrong Side of the Rainbow.” However, it was her three-part role as Jeannie Hurst in the 2000 remake of “Randall and Hopkirk” (Deceased), starring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, that probably put Emilia on the spotlight.
Two years later, Emilia got a career breakthrough when director Roman Polanski had her play the role of Dorota in the World War II film The Pianist. A touching tale of survival in the Holocaust, the movie went on to win the prestigious Palme d’Or at that year’s Cannes Film Festival and Polanski took home the Best Director at the Academy Awards. As for Emilia, she was nominated for a 2003 Eagle Award at the Polish Film in the category of Best Actress. Still in 2002, she could be seen in the short movie Hideous Man, directed, written by and starring John Malcovich, and the drama/romance feature The Soul Keeper/ Prendimi l’anima, playing her real mother’s daughter.
The following years, Emilia found success on television with roles in such historical dramas as Helen of Troy (2003, as Cassandra, Princess of Troy), Henry VIII (2003, played Jane Seymour) and Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (2004, as Lady Margaret). Meanwhile, she also had roles in movies like 3 Blind Mice (2003, costarred with Edward Furlong), The Republic of Love (2003, appeared with her father Edward) and Simon Shore’s comedy Things to Do Before You’re 30 (2004). 2004 also saw Emilia join the 1996 crime series “Silent Witness” by playing Nikki Alexander, an apprentice pathologist, after the leaving of Amanda Burton’s Professor Sam Ryan. She stayed with the show until 2006.
While working on “Silent Witness,” Emilia also could be seen as Rosie Jones in the film Keeping Mum and Amy Dudley in the miniseries “The Virgin Queen” (both 2005). She also played Joanna Burton on the made-for-TV film Marple: The Moving Finger (2006), voiced Bettina in the animated feature Free Jimmy (2006) and starred in Sean Ellis’ comedy film Cashback (2006). Four months after departing the show, Emilia teamed up with Colin Firth, Anne-Marie Duff, David Oyelowo and Robert Carlyle for television film Born Equal (2006), a drama helmed and written by Dominic Savage.