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Welcome to An English Rose, an unofficial fansite dedicated to the English actress Emilia Fox. We aim to provide you with news, photos, videos, and much more on Emilia.
You may have seen her in British productions like Merlin, Silent Witness, or The Wrong Mans. She's recently starred in 'The Secrets' and will be back with series 18 of Silent Witness soon.
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RadioTimes posted a great new interview with Millie. You can read it below! :)

The Silent Witness star reveals her ardour for John Thaw and how starring in a medical drama might influence her future career

Do you remember seeing your parents on TV and thinking, “I’d like to do that”?

No, the reverse: I remember hiding behind my sofa because my dad [Edward Fox] had a sex scene in The Day of the Jackal. When I was 12, I much preferred the safe havens of Dynasty or Dallas.

What do you watch with your daughter?

We run the full gamut: Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom,

I could probably recite most of Charlie and Lola. I’m hoping to get parental Brownie points because I’m appearing in the next series of Grandpa in My Pocket. My mum [Joanna David] is in it as well, so Rose will see her mum and grandmother.

What was your childhood favourite?

Jackanory because I was a great reader when I was a girl. I was brought up as an only child because my sister was 15 years older and my brother was 15 years younger – and I turned to books for company. I vividly recall The Ordinary Princess being read on it, which remains my favourite children’s book to this day.

Who was your first crush?

I had weird crushes. I loved Columbo, and Basil Rathbone in Sherlock Holmes. I absolutely adored John Thaw in Inspector Morse.

Did you ever get a chance to confess your ardour?

No, although I was always saying when I started out, “Please, please can I be a dead body in Inspector Morse?” In the event it would have been a disaster; I would have been so bright red and tongue-tied.

What can’t you miss?

Like many, many grief-stricken television-watchers I am mourning the end of Borgen! Watching Sidse Babett Knudsen is like watching a masterclass in acting; I dream of being able to do that.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Makeover shows. I love seeing people’s faces at the end. Most recently I became transfixed by Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover.

What brings a tear to your eye?

Anything like Long Lost Family or One Born Every Minute – I was inconsolably relieved and happy every time a baby was born. I cry very, very easily.

After a decade of starring in Silent Witness, how confident are you with a scalpel?

I’m really squeamish in real life – I’m not good at all when accidents happen at home – but oddly I can deal with it at work. I have been to see two autopsies, which I thought I would be squeamish about but wasn’t. But I do remember saying, “I’d better go and put on scrubs and pretend I’m Nikki Alexander.”

What happened to Nikki’s long locks?

I had my hair cut very short for The Wrong Mans. Silent Witness dealt with the aftermath. My new look is for my new play, Rapture, Blister, Burn [at London’s Hampstead Theatre]. It had to be something manageable; and I wanted my character to be blonde and wear lipstick because I don’t wear lipstick in real life.

Do you hope your daughter will continue the Fox dynasty?

I hope Rose will try out lots of things before she settles. I didn’t want to act at all; I fell into it. Maybe it’s the medical influence of Silent Witness but I now think I’d love to retrain and be a midwife.

Quickfire Q&A

Sherlock or Call the Midwife? That’s an impossible questions; they’re both brilliant shows

EastEnders or Corrie? EastEnders

Miranda or Girls? Girls

Radio 4 or Radio 2? Radio 4

Jamie Oliver or Gardeners’ World? I’m passionate about gardening and hopeless at cooking, so I should probably say Jamie

Silent Witness continues tonight at 9:00pm on BBC1


Silent Witness is back tonight (9pm on BBC One!). Watch the introduction of ‘Coup de Grace’ below:

Emilia Fox explains the conflict between Nikki Alexander and DI Rachel Klein.

Many thanks to Kathryn Morris UK for this one.

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As the daughter of actors Edward Fox and Joanna David she grew up in a distinguished theatrical household.

But Emilia Fox has been bemoaning that it was without creature comforts, which she is now determined to provide for her own daughter Rose, three.

Silent Witness star Emilia recalls: ‘The house in Dorset never had carpets or curtains; sometimes it didn’t even have hot water or electricity!

‘It seems romantic now, but I’ve reacted to it by ensuring I have the most cosy, comfy home I can.

‘People love coming over just to relax in front of my wood-burning stove.’

Not that she doesn’t have a warm relationship with her parents.

‘My family live close by and they’re continually popping in and out,’ she says.

‘It was great to have their company when Rose was a baby, as her dad [actor Jeremy Gilley] and I aren’t together, and I love that it’s made Rose such a chatty little thing.

‘I never had that kind of easy confidence when I was young.

‘My dad and I are very watchful and quiet, whereas she’s more lively like my brother Freddie and my mum.’

Emilia, who was expected at last night’s premiere of Cirque du Soleil at the Albert Hall, says that, at 39, she hasn’t given up on having a bigger family of her own.

‘One day, I’ll have a huge brood of children,’ she adds.


Here’s the trailer for the next episode, 17×03, which is called ‘Coup de Grace':

Nikki delivers ground-breaking testimony in the high-profile appeal court case of David Bennetto, a convicted killer who has spent the last six years behind bars for the murder of two gay teenagers. But bitter DI Rachel Klein remains unconvinced that she caused a miscarriage of justice and cannot hide her contempt, especially when another young man is found dead bearing the same hallmarks of the previous murders. Meanwhile, Nikki’s professionalism is brought into question due to her increasingly close relationship with lawyer Greg Walker.

I’ve also added full HD screen captures of the first 2 episodes, enjoy!



Thanks goes to Rich @ Kathryn Morris UK for his help!

7 new rehearsal photos from the theatre play ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn‘ are up in our photo gallery.
This looks exciting so far, doesn’t it? :)

THEATRE PROJECTS > RAPTURE BLISTER BURN (2013/14) > IN REHEARSALS Thanks to Hampstead Theatre for the ‘spoilers’ ;)

Happy New Year everyone! May 2014 bring you all what you wish for, happiness, and a lot of joy :)

The new year starts with another interview where Emilia talks about working on Silent Witness, the wrap-party, acting, and motherhoood:

Coming from a theatrical dynasty can be a huge pressure, but Silent Witness star Emilia Fox has carved her own niche. The mum-of-one tells Keeley Bolger about parenthood, her inspirational mother Joanna David and her views on women ‘having it all’

With Fox as a surname, the odd pun is somewhat of a given.

But ‘cunning as a fox’ and ‘sly old fox’ were too bland for the Silent Witness crew when it came to marking the vixen’s upcoming 10th year as Dr Nikki Alexander in the long-running BBC drama.

“Very kindly, [my colleagues] Richard, David and Liz and the whole crew put together a very funny music video of Ylvis’s What Does The Fox Say? and dressed up as animals,” the actress reveals, laughing.

“They played it at the wrap party. It was the sweetest, most touching thing. I couldn’t quite work out where I had been when they’d done it, because they filmed in the mortuary and the offices and I’d been on set all day.”

Fox is just as fond of the “great team” as they are of her, especially given how accommodating they’ve been since she became a mother to daughter Rose three years ago from a previous relationship with fellow actor Jeremy Gilley.

“I’m incredibly grateful to Silent Witness, [who’ve] been there pre-Rose, being pregnant with Rose and having Rose,” notes Fox who lives in London. “The studio filming’s done five minutes away from my house, so I’ve always been able to have her at work or go home and see her.

“That’s made things much easier. It would have been much more difficult if I had to do all of those things away from home.”

The question of balancing parenthood with a career is one very much on the 39-year-old’s mind at the moment.

For the first time in years, she’s returning to the stage for a month, until the end of February, in a production of Rapture, Blister, Burn – a play about two women who’ve gone down very different paths in life. One’s a high-flying academic while the other’s built a happy life at home, but both envy the other’s choices.

“Where we’ve got to is quite rightly women having equal opportunities,” notes Fox, who says the play’s left her burning to discuss the issue of ‘having it all’.

“But where the problem comes with that is trying to juggle professional life, domestic life, children and relationships and how to balance it and make it possible to have that balance.

“And does everyone want to have that? Not necessarily. Some people don’t. Some people are satisfied with having one of those things and that’s absolutely right.”

At face value, it would seem that Fox, who grew up in Dorset, is a shining example of someone who has struck a good balance between work and parenthood – and retained her privacy.

She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Marco Pierre White that recently ended and is divorced from Mad Men actor Jared Harris (son of Richard Harris), but she’s not the type to kiss and tell.

“I guess that’s just how I’ve always been brought up,” says Fox, whose parents are well-known actors Joanna David and Edward Fox.

“You have a professional life and you have a private life and I think that’s all-important, and my private life is only Rose and mine’s.”

Coming from an acting dynasty, including brother Freddie, uncle James and cousin Laurence, who’s married to Billie Piper, means that the possibility of Rose acting in the future is often brought up, but Fox is clearly no stage mum.

“I think I would say what every parent says, which is I just want my child to be happy. Whatever it is, or whatever direction that takes her, I just want her to be happy with it. I don’t have grand ambitions,”
she adds.

“I often get asked, ‘Do you think she’ll go into acting too?’ I don’t know. It wouldn’t make any difference to me what industry she went into, I just want her to have the best out of life that she can, and hopefully I’ll be there with her.”

If Rose does decide to go into drama, she’ll have a good role model; Fox is a strong example of how to shake off the family name and carve your own niche.

“When I started off, in a way you want to stay away from family so that you get there on your own terms and establish yourself, so you feel you’ve done it in your own right,” says the actress, who studied English literature at Oxford University and made her TV debut with a role in the much-loved 1995 TV mini-series of Pride And Prejudice, as Colin Firth’s sister.

Since then, she’s appeared in the likes of Merlin and, last year, The Wrong Mans, alongside James Corden.

Now she’s fully established, she’d be delighted to be reunited on screen with her mother, best-known for roles in War And Peace, Rebecca and more recently as the Duchess of Yeovil, an old pal of the Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey.

The mum and daughter duo previously worked on Pride And Prejudice – Fox’s mother played kindly Mrs Gardiner.

“I would love to work with mum. She’s the actress I most look up to, I think she’s the most truthful actress,” says Fox.

Now she’s a mum herself, she admits she’s in awe of the way her parents raised their brood.

“I had such a lovely upbringing by my parents,” she says. “I have amazing, loving, very secure-making parents, and that’s what I’d like to pass on to Rose.”

Silent Witness returns to BBC One on Thursday (tomorrow!).


Emilia appeared on ITV’s ‘Daybreak’ this morning, talking about the new Silent Witness series, Christmas, and more. Watch the interview (thanks Rich!) below:

Silent Witness star Emilia Fox is on to tell us about the new series which starts in January.

She’s also set to star in the play Rapture, Blister, Burn in Hampstead in the New Year – we hear all about it!

Interviews & TV Appearances > Interviews & Appearances 2013 > 30th Dec | ITV Daybreak – Still
Interviews & TV Appearances > Interviews & Appearances 2013 > 30th Dec | ITV Daybreak – Captures

Appearances > 2013 > 02nd Dec | Lights The Goring’s Fulton Umbrella Tree
Appearances > 2013 > 02nd Dec | The Goring Hotel Inside

Magazine Scans > Vogue US – May 2006
Magazine Scans > You – Sep 2008

Miscellaneous > Causes & Campaigns > Mum & Me Coatwalk Campaign (Oct 2013)

Movie Productions > Consuming Passion (2008) > Stills
Movie Productions > Not Ever (2013) > Film Poster
Movie Productions > Not Ever (2013) > On the Set – Filming – Editing

Television Series > Silent Witness (2004-2014) > Series 16 > Stills
Television Series > Silent Witness (2004-2014) > Series 17 > Stills
Television Series > Silent Witness (2004-2014) > Series 17 > Interview Stills
Television Series > Silent Witness (2004-2014) > Series 17 > On the Set, filming on Horsell Common – Sep 24th, 2013

Thanks Kathryn Morris UK & credits to the Not Ever FB page.