I am enchanted by butterflies, and being among them is incredibly therapeutic. They remind me of heady summers growing up in Dorset and running around my parents’ garden. They [the actors Joanna David and Edward Fox] allowed it to grow wild and uncultivated. I used to chase butterflies and I was obsessed with the Flower Fairies books.
When I married [the actor, Jared Harris] in 2005, we released rare butterflies at our wedding. They had been bred for us by the lepidopterist Clive Farrell, who came up with the idea for Butterfly World. His nursery houses are full of butterflies that cloud around your head. I’m overwhelmed by his love and care for them. They’re a barometer of the environment and levels of pollution, they chart what’s happening.
I wish I could say I had a fitness regime, but in London I just can’t make myself exercise. When I lived in LA, fitness and going to the gym were part of everyday life. But now with such long hours at work, from 6am until 8pm, the last thing I want to do is jump on the treadmill.
Actor Emilia Fox is interviewed in the Times today, not to talk about her sterling work in BBC1’s Silent Witness but to talk … butterflies. No, not the BBC sitcom classic either, but Butterfly World in St Albans. “When I married in 2005 we released rare butterflies at our wedding,” she tells the paper. She’s less keen on spiders, though. “In Australia a flying spider landed on the windscreen of the car I was in and I threw myself out because It thought it was inside.”
Henry VIII will be shown on ITV3 on the 20th April at 12.05am. Episode 2 on the 21st April at 12.50am.
Agatha Christie’s Marple will be on ITV3 at 5.55pm on the 24th April.
I have added a photosoot image of Emilia.
Survival is proud to announce ‘WE ARE ONE – a celebration of tribal peoples’, a fundraising evening in aid of Survival International created and directed by Mark Rylance, on Sunday 18 April at the Apollo Theatre in London.
The evening will be a performance of tribal prose and poetry from some of the UK and Hollywood’s leading actors and musicians including Julie Christie, Mackenzie Crook, Sinead Cusack, Colin Firth, Emilia Fox, Michael Gambon, Sophie Okonedo, Mark Rylance, Derek Jacobi, Danny Sapani, John Sessions, Kevin Spacey, Juliet Stevenson, Ken Stott, Zoe Wanamaker, and James Wilby.* There will also be a performance by Bruce Dickinson, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.
The fish are considered more rare than the giant panda or tiger but are still served as a delicacy in sushi restaurants.
However, following a long-running campaign, it is expected to become illegal to sell Atlantic bluefin tuna between different countries.
The ruling will effectively stop a multi-billion pound industry and prevent restaurants serving the delicacy.
In the past celebrity restaurants such as Nobu, where Leonardo DiCaprio and Madonna dined, served the expensive dish.
But the population has plummeted in the past 50 years with fears it could die out altogether.