I’ve got two very different ways of getting ready to go out. If it’s for a work event, I usually work with a stylist and choose an outfit a couple of days beforehand, but sometimes I’ll go to a designer such as Kate Halfpenny, who will make me something bespoke in about two weeks. She often puts me in a corset, which I know gives me a better silhouette and posture, and that makes me feel more confident. As does covering up: I don’t like to expose too much.
On top of that, I usually have an oxygen facial on the day of an event – it instantly brightens my complexion. I will then get my hair and makeup done, which can take about an hour and half, during which I will drink a peppermint tea and light a candle to create a sense a calm. I never drink at work events – I am there to work, so I always treat it like work.
But if I am just getting ready for a night out with friends, I tend to throw on the outfit that’s closest to the top of the pile of clothes in my bedroom and, if I can find someone to make one for me, drink a dry martini. Then I do my makeup in the back of the taxi.
My handbag is a total disaster. I have all these bits of makeup in those little plastic bags that you get given when you fly, and I generally put on whatever first comes to hand – a bit of foundation, some eye makeup and some lipgloss – but that’s about it.
I have a complete lack of talent and skill when it comes to doing my hair and makeup, which I put down to my job.
• Emilia Fox stars in Silent Witness, Mondays and Tuesdays at 9pm on BBC1.
Emilia Fox’s daughter has a playroom on the ‘Silent Witness’ set.
The 40-year-old actress – who has played Dr. Nikki Alexander on the show for 10 years – loves taking four-year-old Rose, who she has with former partner Jeremy Gilley, to work with her because she is made so welcome.
She said: “Rose is very much part of the show – as soon as she was born she had a room which the props guys kitted out with toys. She still comes on set which works very well with the juggle – and it is a juggle for any parent. You need to be able to work well as a parent.”
Though Emilia has to work long hours on the show, she cherishes her time off between jobs as she can be with her daughter.
She said: “I work long hours but I might also have a few days off and that means I can be Mum from dawn to dusk.
“Before you’re a parent, when you’re unemployed, you’re like, ‘What am I going to work on?’ But now in those moments I think, ah Rose and I get to be together, which is lovely.”
And Emilia – who split from filmmaker Jeremy in 2011 – says the little girl is already showing signs of following in her footsteps.
She told OK! magazine: “She’s such an entertainer. She’s watching ‘Calamity Jane’ at the moment and knows all the songs and dance moves. But she might want to do what her dad does or something completely different and I’d support that.”
Emilia Fox ensured she stayed warm in a chilly Manchester on Monday morning – but still managed to look stylish ahead of an appearance on breakfast television.
The 40-year-old actress was outside BBC studios in Salford Quays, and she caught the eye courtesy of a rather sophisticated ensemble as she made her way inside with a small suitcase.
Emilia, best known for her starring role in Silent Witness, opted for a grey shawl coat that served as adequate protection from the winter cold.
Here she comes: Emilia Fox looked typically stylish outside BBC Breakfast in Manchester on Monday morning
The British star teamed her coat with a pair of khaki green skinny trousers, while strappy shoes completed the tasteful look.
Accessorising wisely, Emilia opted for a brown leather Mulberry handbag that casually hung from the crook of her left arm.
Opting for limited make-up, the actress showed off her distinctive features while preparing for a promotional interview with Silent Witness co-star Richard Lintern.
Stepping out: The 40-year-old actress was joined by Silent Witness co-star Richard Lintern (far right)
Looking good: Emilia proved to be a stylish sight in a shawl coat and khaki green skinny trousers teamed with strappy heels on Monday morning
Plenty to talk about: Emilia and Richard were on hand to talk about their long-running show
Emilia plays respected forensic pathologist Dr. Nikki Alexander in the show, and she recently admitted to observing a real autopsy while preparing for the role.
‘My fear was that I would faint or be embarrassing in that situation, but of course because it is so riveting, you don’t,’ she told the Express.
‘It seemed like a natural death. But what was fascinating was the process of going through the body until finally pinning down exactly what it was that had caused his death.’
Tasteful: The British actress accessorised wisely with a brown leather Mulberry handbag
She added: ‘I found it quite thought-provoking and upsetting afterwards but then I decided, ‘Actually, no, life is all about living it in the moment and making the most of it while you’re here.
‘This was backed up by a second autopsy I saw on a young man who had a tragic, untimely death.
‘That really reconfirmed to me that we must make the most of life.’
As the promotion for series 18 of Silent Witness is in full swing, you can also catch Emilia being interviewed by Steve Wright in his afternoon show starting tomorrow at 2pm:
Broadcaster Julia Bradbury and actress Emilia Fox chat to Steve and the team. Plus there’s amazing Factoids, the Non-Stop Oldies, and the latest lifestyle and entertainment news.
Another radio interview is coming up soon! It was recorded today, will air tomorrow at 12pm and sees Emilia and Richard as guests on BBC Radio Manchester. Don’t forget to tune in!
Becky speaks to Emilia Fox, who plays Dr Nikki Alexander and Richard Lintern, who plays Dr Thomas Chamberlain, in Silent Witness which returns to BBC One tonight.
Emilia Fox and Richard Lintern were on the BBC Breakfast Show this morning. Here’s a video clip of their interview:
Richard Lintern and Emilia Fox promise gore and humour in the new series of BBC crime thriller Silent Witness, back for its 18th season.
”We are encouraged…to include that humour to balance out the darkness of the series,” said Emilia Fox, who plays forensic pathologist Dr Nikki Alexander.
Richard Lintern, who plays Dr Thomas Chamberlain, said Tuesday’s episode begins with a triple shooting.
When three people are shot dead at a petrol station, Nikki and Jack conclude that it is the work of a concealed shooter from range: A sniper is at a large in London.
I’ve added the first 4 stills from series 18 of ‘Silent Witness’ in HQ to our gallery:
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