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We Meet… Emilia Fox
The acclaimed English TV and stage actress talks exclusively to Mitchell and Peach about fame, favourite places and the pleasure of a good old-fashioned bedtime story.
What do you love most about the English countryside?
I love seeing how the seasons change the English countryside. I love the untamed wildness of the Dorset coastline, I love wild flower meadows, I love how different and varied the English countryside can be. I love that it is unlike any other countryside. I love brambles, blackberries and bluebells, primroses, cowslips, wild roses, scarlet pimpernel, English trees, English seaside. I love the extreme romance of the English countryside and I loved growing up in it and it holds the happiest of memories for me.
Most memorable travel experience?
To Botswana, Tanzania and Zanzibar – the most enjoyable and romantic holiday I ever had. If I have one travel wish it is that I make it back there once more in my life.
Which are your favourite hotels worldwide?
The Surrey Hotel (above) in New York is a favourite – elegant and discreet with a phenomenal restaurant and the best cocktails in town. It is my perfect quick getaway for the weekend hotel in a great location for restaurants, museums and shopping. It’s also very child friendly which is most appealing and they are great at advising what might be fun to do as a family. I love staying in the garret room of The Covent Garden Hotel. Sometimes a weekend in the heart of London can be as romantic as a weekend away.
Little Good Harbour in Barbados is a sweet boutique hotel with a delicious restaurant and an amazing house on the beach to stay in. Opening the shutters in the morning and looking directly onto the beach made for a perfect start to each day of the holiday. The walled garden rooms at Babington House are some of my favourite hotel rooms that I have ever stayed in – partly because I love the wallpaper and also because one of my great desires in life is to have a walled kitchen garden and the one at Babington House is enviably beautiful.
What’s your simple pleasure?
Sourcing the simplest and best food wherever I am in the world.
And your ultimate luxury?
Staying in hotels. I always find it such a treat.
How do you relax after filming?
Reading bedtime stories to my daughter Rose.
What are the best and the worst things about being well known?
The best thing is if it can help to bring awareness to a good cause or when people come and say they’ve enjoyed something you’ve done. The worst is that it is assumed that you have a very thick skin to all forms of speculation.
What are you reading?
This week’s edition of The Week and my new Silent Witness script.
Dream dinner party guests?
Clive Farrell, Maurice Saatchi, Josephine Hart, Sherlock Holmes, David Attenborough, Charles Worthington, Allan Peters, William Orbit, Lara Cazalet.
Sleep and water aside, what’s your beauty secret?
I was introduced to the Cosmetics A La Carte’s bespoke British beauty rose collection when I was filming The Wrong Mans [sic] this year. My skin can get very blocked up with all the make up that gets used on it everyday at work and when I’m not working I like to wear as little make up as possible. I think this skin care collection is gentle and nourishing and has prepared my skin for summer.
What is your favourite Mitchell and Peach product and why?
The Luxury Hand Cream is exactly what it says on the beautiful packaging – total luxury. I take it with me everywhere carrying the scent of the English countryside in my hands.
The Surrey hotel in New York (www.thesurrey.com)
Emilia supports Lullaby Trust (www.lullabytrust.org.uk)
She is currently working various projects including The Wrong Mans, The Wipers Times and Silent Witness.
To the British Library, where last night actresses Joanna David and Emilia Fox, mother and daughter respectively, recited poems by Sylvia Plath. The evening was compered by Plath’s daughter Frieda Hughes as part of the Josephine Hart Poetry Hours series. Curiously, there was no mention of Ted Hughes, a former Poet Laureate and Plath’s husband, all evening.
David, who is filming for the next series of Downton Abbey, was thrilled to work with Frieda on the readings but trepidatious when it came sharing the stage with Fox, best known for Silent Witness. “It’s scary to perform with your daughter,” she said. “When you stumble over words you wonder if she’s thinking, ‘Oh God, stupid mother’.”
Photo: Sam Holden
Frieda Hughes, Plath’s daughter, presents a moving reading of her mother’s work at the British Library, on the 50th anniversary of the poet’s death.
“My name is Frieda Hughes and Sylvia Plath is my mother.” So began a fascinating and very moving poetry reading held last night at the British Library, as part of the Josephine Hart Poetry Hour; a series of poetry readings by well-known actors, encompassing the work of T S Eliot, Lord Byron and Christina Rossetti among others.
2013 marks 50 years since Plath’s suicide and in a fitting tribute, a selection of Plath’s poems were read aloud to a packed audience by the actors Joanna David and her daughter Emilia Fox. The recordings will be added to The Poetry App, which allows people to access a wealth of digital poetry. Hughes accompanied the poems with introductions written by Josephine Hart, a writer and passionate evangelist for poetry, who died in 2011.
The evening was separated into three groups of five poems, read alternately between David and Fox. They were read in chronological order, which gave an excellent sense of how events in Plath’s turbulent life influenced her work. As Hart wrote: “Her work and her life – and rarely has a life of a writer been more intertwined with the work – challenges artistically, psychologically, philosophically and morally.”
The first five poems were written between 1956-59, a time dominated by creativity, passion and marriage, despite the fact that Plath’s young life had already been devastated by the abrupt death of her father when she was eight, and despite her already agonising battle with depression. In 1956 she married the poet Ted Hughes, and wrote to her mother, “I have never been so exultant.” These poems contained the wonderfully humorous but also menacing Mushrooms and the disturbing The Thin People, filled with its terrifying Holocaust imagery.
The second batch of poems were written between 1959-61. As Hughes explained, this was a time of exhilaration and joy for Plath, but also one of growing tension and stress. During this period, she gave birth to her two children, but she also became desperately possessive of Hughes. She suffered a miscarriage, which was then followed by an appendectomy – her various experiences in hospital greatly influenced her work.
The highlight of this section, and perhaps of the entire evening, was undeniably the jubilant Morning Song, in which Plath expresses her joy at the birth of her daughter, Frieda. The poem contains the famous line: Love set you going like a fat gold watch. It was made all the more emotional to have a poem about Frieda read aloud by David as Frieda sat next to her, a sad smile on her face.
David spoke later of the experience: “It was very moving to be standing on a stage with Sylvia Plath’s daughter. I was very specifically thinking of Frieda in that poem, but I shall ever read it and reread it and think of my own children being born and my granddaughter Rose.
“Frieda was so controlled talking about her parents, which I think is very, very tough for her. But she did it beautifully.”
During the autumn of 1962, Plath wrote the poems which would form her posthumous collection, Ariel, and for which she is best remembered. She had recently separated from Hughes, after he embarked on an affair with Assia Wevill. In an energetic, prolific burst of activity, 40 poems were written in a two-month period. Hart noted the irony of the Ariel poems: “Although Sylvia Plath arranged her manuscript so that it began with the word ‘love’ and ended with the word ‘spring’, they are some of the most shockingly powerful, wildly exhilarating and most frightening poems in literature.”
David described to me the incredible power of Plath’s final work, and the effect Plath’s poems had on her own life. “We know now what her tragic ending was, but she painted such pictures of what had happened to her in her life. She was incredibly strong, in spite of having this frailty, which I find fascinating. I have been terribly depressed in the past and was in a psychiatric hospital twice, and it’s riveting looking into an artist like Plath, a writer who has been in those depths of despair, and how she was able to get outside it, and write.
“When you’ve been depressed like that, at the time, you cannot believe you will ever, ever be normal again, or get out of it. That has had a very profound effect on me.”
The evening concluded with the two poems, Words and Edge, which were written in January and February 1963. On 11th February 1963, Plath took her own life, prompting her mother to write: “Her energies have been depleted by illness, anxiety and overwork. For although she had for so long managed to be gallant and equal to the life experience, some darker day than usual had temporarily made it seem impossible to pursue.”
Edge was the only poem read by Hughes, herself a poet. She had arranged the evening beautifully, the power of Plath’s enduring brilliance and mastery as a poet almost eclipsing the details of her tragic life. As Hart herself mused: “This woman is not a victim. She is quite splendid I think.”
To listen to a combination of modern and classic poems, including recordings from the Sylvia Plath reading, download the app, now available on iTunes or Google Play for Android, iPad and iPhone devices.
I updated the gallery with all missing screen captures from series 15. Enjoy!
Television Series > Silent Witness (2004-2013) > Series 15
Note: Tickets are sold out already. If you’ll be there send us an email or a tweet to tell us if you liked it! Would love to hear your opinions
When: Mon 10 Jun 2013, 18.30-20.00
Where: Conference Centre, British Library
Josephine Hart’s passion for poetry, and commitment to having it read live, electrified the evenings she hosted at the British Library. The events continue on an occasional basis, with no less capacity to move and inspire.
This year marks the 50 years since the passing of Sylvia Plath, and also since the publication of her novel The Bell Jar. Tonight’s programme will be devoted to the poetry of this exceptionally talented woman.
The programme will be introduced by Frieda Hughes, daughter of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, and the readers are Joanna David and Emilia Fox.
I wish there were more photos… Emilia looks amazing in this pink dress with the black border (:
Appearances > 2013 > 07th June | The Unicorn Theatre Gala
Thanks to ellen-hollmann.com we have 15 new amazing HQ shoots of Millie attending the Summer Exhibition 2013 in London. Just follow the link below to view the other pictures More to come soon!
As always, a link back to us is very much appreciated (:
Appearances > 2013 > 05th June | The Royal Academy Of Arts: Summer Exhibition 2013
Added a first still from ‘Suspension of Disbelief‘. Check it out in the gallery!