October 4, 2008

SPOT LIGHTON … ; Emilia Fox

Image: Sophisticated beauty

Best Known For: Silent Witness

Early Life: Born July 31, 1974, in London, to thespians Edward Fox and Joanna David. With so many relatives in the entertainment industry, including her uncle James and grandmother Angela, Emilia gravitated towards an acting career and made her screen debut in the TV version of Pride and Prejudice alongside Colin Firth and her mother Joanna while still a student at Oxford University.

Career: Since leaving full-time education, Emilia has worked consistently on TV, but still found time to tread the boards and appear in movies.

Period dramas Rebecca, The Round Tower and Pride and Prejudice brought her fame, but it was the remake of Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) in 2000 with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer which made her a household name. In 2002 she starred in Roman Polanski's Oscar- winning The Pianist and has worked with Britain's acting elite in Gunpowder, Treason & Plot; The Virgin Queen; Marple: The Moving Finger; Born Equal and Fallen Angel. In 2004 she took over from Amanda Burton as the lead in Silent Witness.

Love Life: Dated Orlando Wells while attending Oxford University and was briefly engaged to Vic Reeves after working with him on Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased). Married Jared Harris, son of Richard, in 2005.

Don't Mention: A journalist who told her she'd been adopted - she knew it wasn't true, but says it was an uncomfortable interview.

Quote: On attending film premieres: "If you want to see that film, then great, but don't do it just to have your photo taken because that's silly, and inevitably you get hurt by it.

People start picking up on things about your life that are irrelevant."

Tonight: Silent Witness, BBC One, 9pm.

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