Emilia Fox is a part of an acting dynasty that includes her parents Edward Fox and Joanna David, as well as her brother Freddie, uncle James and cousin Laurence.
SHE has starred in Merlin and Upstairs Downstairs but is best known for playing forensic pathologist Dr Nikki Alexander in BBC1′s hit drama Silent Witness. Emilia, 39, lives in west London with her two–year–old daughter, Rose.
“I’m currently filming Silent Witness and don’t finish until 8pm on Friday evening. luckily, I film close to home and head back to meet up with my neighbours, Ali and Gemma, who have a daughter the same age as Rose. Ali has been giving me cooking lessons, so he’ll pick something for me to prepare.
“I love a market, so Rose and I can be on our way to london’s Borough Market by 7.30am on Saturday.
It’s great to watch the stalls being set up and I’ll buy lots of treats. we’ll go back home for lunch and then I find something fun to do with Rose. If we’re going to my parents in dorset, Peppa Pig world is a favourite, but if we’re in london, it’s likely to be the science Museum or Natural History Museum.
“Friends may come around for supper and we will watch a movie or a TV drama. I love scandinavian dramas, especially Borgen, which is wonderful.
“On Sunday morning, I’ll go with Rose and my mum to Columbia Road Flower Market, in east london. Gardening is my big passion. We’ll meet friends in the afternoon or I might take the chance to plant some of the bulbs I’ve bought. Later on, my brother Freddie will arrive, having had a crazy, cool weekend. Rose will go to bed at 7.30pm and then i make supper. The deal is I’ll cook if Fred helps with my pages of lines, ready for filming on Monday.”
Emilia Fox and Joanna David are ambassadors of Mum & Me Coatwalk, a campaign from Jacques Vert Group celebrating the bond between mothers and their children, and raising funds and awareness for breast cancer charity initiative Think Pink. Visit coatwalk.com.
There’s a very lovely, new interview with Emilia and her mum on the dailymail website – read it below and don’t forget to take a look at the gorgeous photos from the photoshoot as well!
Stylish mother and daughter Joanna David and Emilia Fox are joined by Jo Fairley for a trying-on session in the run-up to the Jacques Vert Group Mum & Me Coatwalk event in association with YOU supporting Think Pink, which celebrates this special bond with a chance for you to find your perfect winter coat.
For more information about how you can join Emilia Fox and Joanna David at the Jacques Vert Group Mum & Me Coatwalk event in association with YOU supporting Think Pink click here
Joanna David and her daughter Emilia Fox seem to have the kind of relationship that every mother and daughter long for. Their sheer enjoyment at being together for the photoshoot radiates affectionately out of every (perfect) pore of their English rose complexions as they cosy up for the photographer.
Actually, the pair positively leapt at the chance of being snapped in each other’s company for once, rather than separately, to publicise whichever play/film each might be working on: the latest instalments in respectively illustrious acting careers.
In Emilia’s case this means the next series of Silent Witness, and in Joanna’s – oh, the excitement – the new series of Downton Abbey, in which she makes an appearance as the Duchess of Yeovil.
And they’re looking forward to being together again on 26 October – as special guests at the Jacques Vert Group Mum & Me Coatwalk event in association with YOU supporting Think Pink, to be held on London’s Southbank.
Of course, you might think that when sundry members of a theatrical dynasty as illustrious as the Foxes get together, all they talk about is acting: Emilia’s father is Edward Fox, her uncles are James and Robert – the latter a successful theatrical producer.
Younger brother Freddie is making a name for himself on the London stage with roles in The Judas Kiss, opposite Rupert Everett, and Hay Fever. Emilia’s cousins Lydia, Jack and Laurence are all actors, too – and Laurence also happens to be married to Billie Piper.
‘Talking shop is the last thing on our minds when we all get together,’ smiles Emilia, who takes a call from Laurence wishing her a happy birthday during our lunch. ‘We’re too busy making each other laugh.’
And today? Echoing the Mum & Me theme of the special Southbank event, YOU asked Joanna and Emilia to talk about what they’ve learnt from each other. Some mothers and daughters might prefer to do this separately, for fear of embarrassment/shyness, but not these two.
Theirs is certainly a very different relationship from the one that Joanna enjoyed with her own mother. ‘My father went bankrupt when I was ten. He deserted us completely and the bailiffs took everything. Mum was reduced to taking in lodgers and went to work in a hospital. My childhood was pretty much over at that point because I had to take on a lot of responsibilities.’
Not that it stopped Joanna winning a scholarship to Elmhurst Ballet School a few years later. ‘And one of the things I learned from my mother, while I was there, is the importance of writing letters,’ says Joanna.
‘That, and how to turn mince, which is an incredibly cheap food, into something delicious,’ she adds, laughing. ‘We may not have had two pennies to rub together, but when I was away at school, I always used to get regular letters from home – and a lot of the children didn’t.’
‘Mum’s always writing beautiful thank-you letters for just about anything,’ Emilia chips in. ‘That’s partly because I’m useless on the computer,’ Joanna counters.
After Elmhurst, Joanna was ‘gutted’ not to get into the Royal Ballet School. ‘So you became a “Laguna Lovely”,’ says her daughter.
‘What she means is that I danced on stage in The Ocean Revue with Roy Hudd in Clacton-on-Sea – and that was the start of my stage career,’ says Joanna. Her big break was the BBC’s Sense and Sensibility in 1971, followed by War and Peace, Rebecca – and almost too many other roles to count since then.
But when Emilia came along in 1974, quite soon after her first successes, Joanna was determined to give her daughter the security that had been lacking in her own childhood.
‘Edward felt the same way. He’d been divorced, and has a wonderful daughter, Lucy – my stepdaughter – but he was very conscious of the fact that, as a result of that divorce, Lucy hadn’t had a secure childhood either. We wanted it to be different for Millie – and, later, for Freddie. [There’s a 15-year gap between the younger Foxes.] So I was firm about having a routine.
And from an early age I also wanted Millie to discover music – so I took her to a lot of concerts at places like the Royal Festival Hall.’
‘And there was piano and cello,’ her daughter chips in. ‘I seemed to be being ferried constantly from one music lesson to another.’
‘I think I was probably overprotective,’ acknowledges Joanna. ‘I don’t think I let Millie go to school on her own till she was about 13.’
Her parents certainly never encouraged Emilia to go into acting when the time came for career choices. ‘In fact, they tried to steer me away from it,’ she says, ‘but at the same time encouraged me to work hard at school and stay on at university as a kind of insurance policy.’
‘I rather hoped you’d become a doctor, or something steady,’ Joanna smiles. Emilia continues, ‘When you’ve grown up surrounded by actors, the rose-tinted spectacles are definitely off – I saw the highs and lows close-up.’
Undeterred, Emilia did a few plays while at Oxford (she read English), and before she’d even graduated the opportunity came to play Mr Darcy’s sister Georgiana in Pride and Prejudice, in which Joanna had the role of Mrs Gardiner. ‘I took it very seriously,’ smiles Emilia. ‘Lots of early nights to learn my lines. But Mum would be up, laughing in the Jacuzzi with Colin Firth at 2am, which sums her up: she’s the life and soul of the party.’
Joanna is also – no surprises here – a hugely supportive grandma to Rose, Emilia’s two-year-old daughter (whose father, the actor Jeremy Gilley, Emilia split from when her baby was just a few months old).
‘Mum and Dad were there for most of the ten hours that I was in labour. And Mum became a real friend to me when Rose was born,’ recalls Emilia. ‘You haven’t a clue what you’re doing as a new mother. But then,’ she adds, ‘over the years, we’ve had this weird role reversal…’
What Emilia’s referring to is that, twice in her life, her mother has suffered from quite serious depression – once after a brain operation 20 years ago, and the second time three years ago, as a knock-on effect of developing Ménière’s disease, which affects the inner ear and balance and triggered a seizure.
‘With the support of my husband and my children, I came flying out the other side,’ recalls Joanna. ‘But all those experiences do help to make you stronger and more understanding of other people with similar problems.’
Emilia apparently arrived at hospital laden with cushions and nice bedlinen, to make the room more homely. Today, looking at her mother, Emilia says fondly: ‘So, when you’ve been ill, I’ve been stronger – and then Rose comes along, and it evens out…’
That seesawing notwithstanding, ‘really, the word that mostly jumps to mind when I try to sum up Mum is strength,’ says Emilia. ‘I know what she went through as a child, and I know what she sacrificed for her children to make sure we grew up in a secure environment, when acting’s such an insecure profession. Work could have taken her to the other side of the world – she had the opportunities – but she always put us first.
So I have the stability that comes from a loving environment. Mum and Dad really are the bedrock of my life, and I’m trying to do that for Rose – although it’s different because as a single mother I have to work to keep the whole show on the road.’
Joanna acknowledges, ‘I hugely admire Millie’s endurance and the way she’s managing to maintain her career, bring up her daughter, and look after the home she’s created – without being in the least neurotic!’
Emilia acknowledges, meanwhile, that she’s learning a great deal from her own daughter.
‘I guess the big thing is rediscovering how to live in the moment. With a small child, there’s no past, no future – there’s only right now. I’m even planning to take her camping,’ she laughs, ‘which is probably completely mad as I’m going to have to make the fire, boil the water – and the chances of Rose getting to sleep outside with mooing cows and clucking hens are probably zero.’
In any busy life, something has to give.
Between the demands of a toddler and hectic careers, there’s precious little time for Joanna and Emilia to go shopping together nowadays.
So on today’s shoot they’re relishing ooh-ing and ah-ing over the clothes together. Their styles are quite different, however: Emilia favours tailored clothes, ‘whereas Mum’s style is very
soft and pretty, that’s just the person she is.
She has always worn Nina Ricci’s L’Air du Temps, for example, which is about as feminine as a perfume gets. I can smell it in a room full of people and know that Mum’s there.’
Appropriately enough for the stars of the Jacques Vert Group Mum & Me Coatwalk event in association with YOU, a smart winter coat was usually at the top of Joanna’s shopping wishlist
for her daughter when she was growing up – although it didn’t always quite work out the way she’d hoped.
‘I clearly remember my grandmother being very disapproving about a black military coat I’d bought at Kensington Market, telling me how lacking in elegance it was. Of course, she was absolutely right! And I definitely think she’d be rather more pleased with what I’m wearing now,’ she says, snuggling into her cosy Planet coat.
And with that, lunch is over and it’s back to the bright lights, the camera, the action. Laughing, talking, smiling: the picture of a mother and a daughter utterly content in each other’s company, and glued together through thick and thin.
As achievements go, even for two acclaimed actresses, not much can beat that.
Check out the photos in our gallery – mother and daughter are looking absolutely amazing, don’t you think?
The Jacques Vert Group’s Mum & Me Coatwalk brand ambassadors are award winning British mother and daughter actress duo Emilia Fox and Joanna David. Emilia Fox, Silent Witness actress, and Joanna David, who is appearing in the new series of Downtown Abbey, will be special guests at Jacques Vert Group’s Mum & Me Coatwalk event, taking place on 26th October on London’s Southbank.
The Mum & Me Coatwalk campaign has been launched by Jacques Vert Group to celebrate the special emotional bond between mothers and their children, as well as to raise funds for breast cancer charity initiative Think Pink.
Check out the first photo from the Mum & Me Coatwalk Campaign:
They’re truly looking gorgeous…
Emilia and her father, actor Edward Fox, will attend the Salisbury Cathedral Carol Concert on 6th December:
Salisbury Cathedral Carol Concert
6th Dec 2013 7:30 pm
In aid of Help for Heroes and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
The pre-concert reception has now sold out. Tickets for the concert continue to be available.
Come and join us for a spectacular concert, which will include traditional carols, outstanding music from the Band and Bugles of The Rifles, the famous Military Wives Choir, a soloist and the renowned Salisbury Cathedral Choir, all in the glorious surroundings of Salisbury Cathedral.
There will be readings by: Actress Emilia Fox, a familiar face from the BBC1 series ‘Silent Witness’ and her father the highly respected stage and screen actor, Edward Fox OBE; stage and television actor David Oakes well known for playing George – Duke of Clarence in the BBC’s recent production, The White Queen; plus a veteran from Afghanistan, Captain David Henson, Royal Engineers.
A champagne and canapés reception will be taking place prior to the concert for VIPs, special guests and £55 ticket holders, at the Wardrobe (The Rifles Regimental Museum). This is located in The Close itself and is a few minutes’ walk from the Cathedral.
Please note, there is no parking in The Close
Champagne Reception and Concert Ticket – SOLD OUT
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Featuring 156 coats from Jacques Vert Group’s collection of Elegant British Brands, all of which have been designed in Britain and are inspired by timeless styles and current trends, the Coatwalk will give you a chance to chose a coat that you, and your mum, will love. Shop Mum & Me Coatwalk
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Emilia Fox and Joanna David model coats from Jacques Vert Group’s collection of elegant British brands.
My mother has a vague understanding of my job as a journalist and what it involves. In fact it has become less vague of late due to her being on the listening end of numerous stressed rants about the difficulties of being a freelance journalist in 2013…I digress.
She always enjoys hearing about the ‘celebs’ that I interview or share a space (and canapes) with at events – although more often than not I’m not entirely sure she knows who they they are. She also likes to coo at the extravagances offered to us – the goody bags and freebies that perk us up when stressed with deadlines. Last week I was gifted with a lovely opportunity to let Mum join me on a ‘work’ night out and give her a treat in the process.
For Jacques Vert Group’s Mum and Me Coatwalk campaign my mother and I were invited to the rather swish hotel The Lansborough to enjoy a launch event with ambassadors and award winning acting duo Emilia Fox and her mum Joanna David. Independent research* carried out by Jacques Vert Group concluded that almost half (46%) of those surveyed said shopping is the number one activity they spend time doing with their mums with 70% agreeing that they would be most likely to go shopping with their mum. The concept of the Mum & Me Coatwalk focuses on this special bond between mum and daughter.
When I was a teenager shopping trips with my mum usually resulted in a fall-out on a spectacular level. The hunt for school shoes was always the most volatile of quests – I wanted brands names, a platform (higher than the school allowed), a key that went in the bottom (Clarks Magic Steps), or a red and green sticker (Kickers). Mum of course wanted classic, reasonably priced and durable.
We’d of course also have a difference of opinion when it came to flesh baring and certain trends that veered on the ‘alternative.’ But now, as I near my thirties (ugh), we have somehow met in the middle…(on the most part). I now see the value in classic items, particularly when it comes to winter coats and realize I don’t I have to tap all the trends that emerge on the street/catwalk and are dictated as must-haves in the magazine.
o after accidentally crashing another function when getting lost in the glamorous maze of halls and suites we finally got to meet the correct team who talked us through the collection on display. Knowing that we would get to choose one each for the collection to wear this winter we pondered the advantages of each design. The collarless designs tap in to that cute 60?s trends, Camel is always chic, pink coats are the pick for this season, fur trims are luxurious and glam….etc. Mum decided on her winner first, the Jacques Vert Classic Black Full-Length Coat. Its the sort of coat that you see elegant women swishing while they walk through Paris arm and arm with a gorgeous male. I eventually plumped for the Jacques Vert Palamino Cape. i’ve never had a coat of that shape and I quite fancied the prospect of feeling the opulent fur against my neck this season.
So after we’d made our decision mum indulged in a few glasses of champers and more than a few grabs from the canape trays while we waited for the guests on honour. While mum was eager to see what Joanna David looked like in the flesh, while informing me of her the upcoming appearance in Downton Abbey, I was eager to see Silent Witness star Emilia, having always envied her petite frame and fragile beauty.
Once they arrived – I can also confirm Emilia’s features are as delicately pretty in the flesh – we watched the amusing promotional video featuring both stars, who giggled along with invited crowd of mums and daughters. Their close and fun bond was evident and as they said their reasons for taking part in the campaign you saw the family duos laced throughout the room give each-other a knowing look or nudge. There were some other faces that my mum not only knew but got a little bit excited about being in ear-wigging distance of – including Angela Rippon, who mum ensured would be in the background of some of our self taken photographs.
After posing on the press board for some mum/daughter photographic mementos it seemed about time to take mum home. She’s not used to drinking champagne and it was starting to be obvious…if you know what I mean! So a very happy, but flushed, Mum and I ventured home feeling chuffed about our new winter coats and appreciative of having the opportunity to hang out together during a working week.
The campaign will launch October 2013, leading with an exclusive Mum & Me Coatwalk collection, inspired by iconic designs and current trends and featuring brands: Kaliko, Planet, Precis, Windsmoor, Minuet Petite, Jacques Vert, Dash and Eastex. The collection will mark Jacques Vert Group’s largest ever investment in coats (20% increase year-on-year), and will include classic and contemporary styles to appeal to mothers and daughters, offering elegance, confidence, the highest quality and the best British designs. Prices will range from £230 to £299, available in sizes eight to 22. The Mum & Me Coatwalk collection consists of 156 different coat styles that will feature 12 hero coats from Jacques Vert Groups’, elegant British brands. . Debenhams will be exclusively selling the Windsmoor mid length Palomino coat, priced at £299, with a percentage of sales going to the breast cancer charity initiative Think Pink.