Video: Emilia Fox presenting Best Entertainment Craft Team Award at BAFTA Television Craft Awards 2014 – 27 April
Watch a video clip of Emilia presenting Best Entertainment Craft Team below (about 4:30 minutes in):
Watch a video clip of Emilia presenting Best Entertainment Craft Team below (about 4:30 minutes in):
Strictly star Anton Du Beke has admitted he has the hots for striking actress Emilia Fox so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised to hear the 39-year-old Silent Witness star would be his ideal dance partner.
On Sunday night Emilia, who stars with Philip Glenister in the Gordon’s Gin adverts, wafted into the Bafta TV Craft Awards at The Brewery, London, in a floaty floral gown and Anton, 47, was overcome by the urge to give her a twirl.
After BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing scooped the Bafta Special Award the smitten Du Beke, below, told us: “Looking at Emilia Fox tonight I think she would make an ideal partner for the next series. I’d love to teach her to dance,” he grinned.
“I’m off to have a word with her. I’d really like to partner her.”
Over to you, Emilia.
Oh I’d love to see Emilia on Strictly Come Dancing! I think she’d be brilliant!
BBC Radio 4 Extra is going to re-air episode 7 of EM Forster’s ‘Where Angels Fear to Tread’ next Tuesday at 2pm:
Preparing to rescue Lilia’s baby Philip, Caroline and Harriet find Italy intoxicating. Stars Jamie Bamber and Emilia Fox.
Duration: 15 minutes
First broadcast: Tuesday 04 March 2008
Emilia attended the BAFTA TV Craft Awards last night. Read below what was said about the evening and her dress:
Emilia Fox wears vintage floral gown to the BAFTA Television Craft Awards while Jenni Falconer chooses hot pink
It was a night to celebrate the costumes featured in the last year of television, and Emilia Fox certainly looked the glamorous part.
The actress arrived to the BAFTA Television Craft Awards wearing a floral vintage gown in colours of blue and cream for the red carpet event.
TV presenter Jenni Falconer however went for a hot pink look; showing off her tanned legs in a one-shoulder cocktail dress.
Spring fling: Emilia Fox and Jenni Falconer lead the glamour at the BAFTA Television Craft Awards
Vintage style: Emilia had opted for a floral gown that looked like a modern take on the early 20th century full-length gowns
The two women posed for photos outside The Brewery, where the ceremony was being held, before heading inside to rub shoulders with the other guests.
Emilia Fox, Jenni Falconer, Amanda Byram and more fill London with colour for BAFTA Television Craft Awards
The event celebrated all the best costumes and behind the scenes work for TV from the last year, and they made a real effort to celebrate with these stunning outfits
A whole host of celebrities turned out in every colour imaginable to celebrate the BAFTA Television Craft Awards on Sunday night.
The event, a tribute to all the behind-the-scenes work for TV programmes from the last year, saw some of on-screen’s biggest stars turn out on the red carpet in London.
Leading the stunning lot was actress Emilia Fox in a vintage floor-length dress, with a mix of blues, whites and blacks.
It was one of those risky ones you’re sure wouldn’t look half as good on the hanger – but she pulled it off a treat.
Wearing her blonde hair scraped back, the bombshell looked striking in the unusual outfit which showed off that toned figure perfectly.
Posing with her friend was TV presenter Jenni Falconer, who had a lot more on show in a one-shoulder pink dress – and she wore her blonde short hair down for a natural, glowing appearance.
Silent Witness star and Oxford graduate Emilia Fox talks to Jaine Blackman
At the end of a hard day’s filming, Silent Witness star Emilia Fox likes nothing better than to venture into her oasis of calm, with its walls of lavender, pretty clematis and fragrant roses.
Emilia’s cottage garden
The south-facing garden, which complements her elegant Victorian home, was lovingly created with the help of her garden designer pal, Sue Gernaey, and Emilia says that if she could change her own career, she would become a gardener.
“I’m constantly begging if I can come and work for her (Sue), so I can give everything up and become a gardener,” says Emilia, who has fond memories of her Oxford days, when she read English at St Catherine’s.
“I remember Sunday mornings particularly as I’d wake up to the delicious smell of fresh bread coming from the bakery next door.”
The garden has been a labour of love for the 39-year-old actress, who is the face of B&Q’s new campaign to replace all polystyrene packaging in its range of bedding plants and use non-peat compost.
“When I first moved in, the garden was full of rocks and stones and lots of odd protruding wood, but it had a lovely, huge bay tree and I’d always dreamed of having my own proper English country cottage garden. I’ve always found cottage gardens very romantic and I’m probably a bit of an old romantic.
“So, we took the whole thing out and started from scratch. It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. I’m a trial and error gardener so I always knew that the best thing to do would be to put in the things that would come up each year. Sue laughed at me because when it came to bulb planting time she asked how many I wanted to order and I just said, cram it full, and they’re all coming up now – all the tulips. It’s like a floral revolution out there. There are pinks, whites, and almost black tulips.”
These include T. Mondial, Angelique, Queen of Night, Spring Green, Burgundy and Albion Star. She also has plenty of muscari and Allium Purple Sensation.
“I also wanted there to be a lot of roses because when I moved in I was having my little girl, who is called Rose,” says Emilia, the daughter of actors Joanna David and Edward Fox. “So, where you sit outside to eat, there are a lot of roses. There’s also a wall of lavender by the table, leading on to a traditional lawn which is curved at the top and then surrounded by beds of roses, clematis and herbs, passion flowers and myrtle, all the things that make it smell delicious in summer.
“My favourite plant is the Natasha Richardson rose, a beautiful light pink rose with an old-fashioned scent. My sister got it for me in memory of Natasha [the actress who died in a skiing accident in 2009] and it’s just outside the back door underneath the lavender wall.”
Emilia also wanted to try and replicate some of the sensory elements of gardens she’d experienced when living in the US.
“When I lived in Los Angeles, everywhere you went there were delicious smells at night. I knew I couldn’t recreate the same thing but I wanted a similar feeling of every sense being stimulated when you go out into the garden.”
This clear passion for gardening comes from her mother, she explains.
“My mum has incredibly green fingers. My childhood memories are of hyacinths and paperwhites up the stairs, while the table was always full of wild flowers and sweet peas. Now, I buy a ridiculous amount of flowers and put them outside as well, so what you look out to at the moment is lots of beautiful burgundy ranunculas and tulips and tuberosas in those old-fashioned enamel jugs.
“I’ve always felt that wherever you go, if you’ve got flowers it will feel like home.”
Despite a busy acting career, Emilia tries to spend as much “therapeutic” time in her west London garden as she can.
“It’s probably one of the most rewarding things, because you get to see the results.”
She is supporting the B&Q Teabag Technology, easyGrow, which is recycled plant trays with virtually peat-free compost for 20 of its bedding plants. Bedding is planted in a self-contained biodegradable “teabag” made from corn starch, a renewable resource that is fully compostable.
“It’s key that we care about the environment as much as we care about how beautiful our gardens are,” she urges.
Wishing everyone Easter that brings you hope filled with lots of love, blessings, unlimited luck and most of all happiness that lasts for a life time.
One of the advantages of going home for Easter is I finally got a bit of time to add the missing HQ photos from the last two events Emilia attended this month. So therefore I have updated the photo gallery with over 40 new pictures which I hope will make up for the time I was concentrated on exams/my new semester start. Enjoy! Links are below
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The scion of two acting dynasties, ‘Silent Witness’ star Emilia Fox explains how she struggled to find her voice until she had daughter Rose
Emilia Fox is about to turn 40. Kindness and a gentle sense of mischief mingle in her rich brown eyes. You may have fallen for her as the Second Mrs de Winter in the 1997 television adaptation of Rebecca in which she starred, just 21, opposite Charles Dance. Perhaps you know her as the forensic pathologist Dr Nikki Alexander in the BBC crime drama Silent Witness. Or maybe you’ve read about her romantic life in gossip columns. However you’ve encountered Fox, you’ll recognise her as more than simply the scion of a long and distinguished acting dynasty.
Through her great-grandmother, the actress Hilda Hanbury, Fox is related to the Terry-Gielgud family of actors and she was submerged in the profession from her infancy. Her mother is Joanna David, while her father, Edward, and uncles, James and Robert, are from the Fox showbusiness dynasty. Emerging from such a background was not easy. “It becomes much more of a challenge to be seen in your own right. That’s why I always liked going to America, because there were no preconceptions of who you were. People weren’t expecting your mum or dad to walk through the door. You were just taken at face value.”
Born in Hammersmith, west London, Fox was educated in Dorset as a boarder at Bryanston. Her uncle Robert’s first nights were “always very glamorous” and she remembers Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston at his flat when she was little. “They turned up wearing sunglasses at night. I’d just seen Room With a View and Julian Sands was there, and I remember tripping and dropping all the canapés at his feet. But, although now I look back and think ‘Oh my goodness, that would be really fun’, at the time it was just a gathering of grown-ups and I was handing around sandwiches.”
Only at Bryanston did she become aware that people had opinions about her parents. It was assumed she lived a moneyed lifestyle. “But that was not my upbringing at all. People were quite surprised when Mum and Dad would turn up in a clapped-out Volvo. They were expecting limousines.”
Growing up, there was no little voice in her ear whispering: “I’m going to be an actress.” Instead, there was a loud voice saying: “Don’t do it.”
“I’d seen the highs and lows of the profession. I’d seen the great times when Mum and Dad were working and having a really good time, but I’d also seen the times when they were not working and waiting for the phone to ring. The rose-tinted spectacles about the profession were truly off and I didn’t want to do the same thing as everyone else.”
None the less, while at Oxford studying English, she auditioned for a part in Pride & Prejudice and got it. After her performance as Georgiana, the sister of Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy in the 1995 TV adaptation, she signed to an agent who helped her win the Mrs de Winter role in Rebecca, a part her mother had played 20 years earlier. “I guess my mum and I have got something quite similar about us, which was a sort of naivety and an innocence that that part demanded.” The role was, she says, no more than a welcome distraction from being locked in a room with books. “I wasn’t expecting to get it. I wasn’t expecting it to form the next 20 years of my life.”
Those 20 years have been filled with a diverse and extensive range of film and television roles. She returned to the stage this year in Rapture, Blister, Burn after an absence of 10 years, having been put off by her experience in the 2003 production of Les Liaisons Dangereuse. “It was quite heavily criticised. It’s weird going on the stage when you know people aren’t enjoying it. You become quite paranoid. And it ended very quickly, thank God.” Now she’s open to doing more theatre.
Fox considers herself a perfectionist. “I get help to get better at not being one. I see a therapist all the time. It goes back to school and university, really, my need to push myself. In a way it was a way of saying thanks to Mum and Dad. Because acting is such a precarious profession and I knew what it cost them financially to give me such a great education. So my way of saying thank you was to push myself very, very hard and be a perfectionist in work.”
Now, though, she feels more able to let go, not just at work but also in life. “In relationships, people are who they are. You can’t expect them to be someone else or to think about things the way you think about them.” She was, she says, probably a bit of a people-pleaser in her twenties and thirties. “Now I think I’m much better at saying, ‘Hey, this works and this doesn’t.’?”
Fox’s list of famous lovers is almost as long as the family roll call of actors. She dated Vic Reeves in 2000 and then the artist and fashion designer Toby Mott. She married the Mad Men actor Jared Harris (son of Richard) in 2005, but the marriage barely lasted five years. Her subsequent relationship with the actor Jeremy Gilley produced her daughter Rose in 2010, but they split in 2011. She reportedly then dated the chef Marco Pierre White.
Does she find relationships difficult? “Oddly I don’t find them difficult. I really enjoy relationships. I hope I would be better at them now, having done a bit of therapy and certainly having more understanding of myself and where a lot of my thought processes come from, and how we affect other people in the way that we behave.”
She would like to spend the rest of her life with one man. She is, she says, a die-hard romantic. She doesn’t expect perfection, though. “I want to work with someone in a relationship.”
Why, I wonder, was Fox a people-pleaser? “In some ways it’s not a bad thing. I remember my grandmother always saying: ‘Manners maketh man,’ and my parents were very much about putting other people’s needs first, making sure everyone was OK, and I absolutely promote that. But at the same time I definitely didn’t learn to have my own voice for a long time. Maybe that’s why acting comes quite easily, because you can be other people and find a voice through other people.”
Now there’s another, tinier voice to tend to: three-year-old Rose. What’s it like being a single mum? “Definitely the toughest thing I’ve encountered in my life. It’s also the most rewarding and greatest achievement, in that we’ve all now got great relationships with each other – Rose’s dad, myself and Rose.
“It’s almost funny seeing this new [Gwyneth Paltrow] phrase, ‘conscious uncoupling’ or whatever it is, because we’ve got to that point now where we’re really, really good friends and the benefits for Rose are just so amazing.
“I’ve tried to convert all of the negative into something positive, which is that we both, together and independently, have an amazing relationship with her. And in a funny way, when you are on your own you create a bond which is different than when you’re all together, and it’s incredibly close.”
Fox’s greatest fear is that work might dry up but, on the threshold of her forties, she is optimistic about the future. “You hear so many people saying there aren’t enough parts… but there are amazing ones being written now for people in their thirties and forties, and maybe that’s because we’re more interested in more complex mindsets.”
Does she think she can get better still? “Yes. But that means doing it all the time. Some actors pick and choose their jobs and they probably shape a career much more. I’ve never been like that. I’ve always said: ‘Thank you so much for offering me a job. I’d love to do it.’?”
Emilia Fox stars in ‘The Child’, an audio drama released by Audible this summer