Kathryn Morris UK provides us one again with wonderful HD captures, check them out in our gallery (links below)! I’ve also added a new trailer for the next episode, 17×05, which is called ‘In a Lonely Place’. Watch it here:
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EDIT: Posted the whole interview.
Good morning ya’ll! The Sunday Times features a new interview today which you can read below:
She’s part of a thespian dynasty and a television regular, but Emilia Fox really had a problem with the stage. A singular new play has lured her back, she tells Jasper Rees
Is there such a thing as a thespian gene? Three years ago, the question came up on Who Do You Think You Are? To look into the matter, the genealogy show’s makers commissioned a Fox. They could have picked any one of the male line — Edward, James, Laurence, even young Freddie — but the scion of the acting dynasty chosen to sniff around the family tree, ahead of her father or uncle or cousin or brother, was Emilia, star for the past 10 years of the long-running BBC1 crime drama Silent Witness. In the same series, they had JK Rowling and Sebastian Coe, which is a measure of just how famous a Fox she is.
“I’d always gone, ‘It’s bollocks that acting’s in the blood,’” she says. “It’s a language you’re used to and feel comfortable around. I didn’t want to be an actor, and my brother really wanted to be an actor from when he was teeny-weeny. But it was funny that there were generations and generations in the same industry.”
She was two weeks from full term when she made the documentary. Her daughter, Rose, is now three, and busy pretending to be a princess at home. So would Fox encourage her to go about her mother’s business, or put her off? “You can’t do either, really. I’d seen the whole business without the rose-tinted spectacles on. It’s a precarious profession to choose. I don’t think any parent is going to go, ‘Woo-hoo, my child wants to be an actor!’ Because what happens if it doesn’t work?”
Fox has a concrete example she wishes to share of why thespian blood doesn’t always work in your favour. She was performing in Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 2003. A West End revival of Christopher Hampton’s sinful hit seemed a sound commercial proposition, but, unfortunately, critics were not enamoured of a second coming that also starred Jared Harris (son of Richard) and Sarah Woodward (daughter of Edward).
“We were picked on for being the children of actors. Well, that has nothing to do with whether a production does well or not, has it? It was a destructive attack that was slightly unnecessary.” The show closed after four weeks, 10 years ago this month. Fox hasn’t acted on the stage since. “I can’t remember whether it was as bad as it was made out to be. It was not a pleasant experience. If I really told the truth about it, I think it made me lose confidence in doing theatre for a long time, and I found a million excuses not to do it.”
That same year, she joined the cast of Silent Witness as the forensic pathologist Nikki Alexander, in place of the departing Amanda Burton, and millions of viewers are currently enjoying her 10th series. Yet Fox seems to have run out of excuses, because we are meeting in a small office at the Hampstead Theatre during a lunch break from rehearsals for a new play. What changed her mind?
“A darn good play,” she says. In her mind, she had always set the bar sufficiently high for the right opportunity never to arise again. But her agent kept sending plays through until, finally, in one of them, a character called Catherine spoke to her unanswerably. “I was faced with reading it and thinking, ‘Uh-oh, this is an irresistible part to play, because I think I know her.’ I haven’t really identified with a character quite so strongly in a long time.”
The play is Rapture, Blister, Burn, a witty dramatised debate about having it all, featuring three generations of East Coast women. It’s by Gina Gionfriddo, whose social comedy Becky Shaw played at the Almeida in 2011. It tells of two college friends who reunite after a decade: one is married with a child and no career, the other is a feminist academic with an elderly mother, but no partner or child. Fox plays the latter. So what was the overlap? “The bit I identified with is that you find yourself in a job you love doing, then you go, ‘Oh my goodness, actually, what I’d really love is a family. She’s incapable of having a relationship, yet it’s something she has wanted, and she says herself that she didn’t consciously opt out of marriage or a family — she just didn’t do the stuff you’ve got to do to get it.”
Anyone with half an ear to the ground will know that Fox’s romantic narrative has kept certain columnists busy. She was briefly engaged to her Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) co-star Vic Reeves before marrying Jared Harris, her character’s seducer in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, then had her daughter with the actor Jeremy Gilley; and, since that relationship ended, the chef Marco Pierre White has been mentioned in dispatches. All of this is, of course, nobody’s business but hers — and she makes it clear she is eager not to invade her own privacy. But, she says: “There are lots of things in my personal life I’ve turned into positives. This part is quite an obvious mining of my own personal experience. There is a bed of emotions I can tap into quite easily.”
She has played everything from mouse (the second Mrs de Winter in Rebecca, Jane Seymour in ITV’s Henry VIII) to minx (sorceress in Merlin, superbitch in The Wrong Mans), but she has never had a role that fully captures the complex mesh of vulnerability and assertion you meet in person. The mixed message is underpinned by black PVC trousers v cream chiffon blouse, by the thick black kohl encircling brown startled-fawn eyes.
The director Peter DuBois was presented with a similar two-tone Fox when the actress rushed to a hastily convened meeting about Gionfriddo’s play. “I’d literally jumped out of the shower, but I was wearing evening clothes because I had to go out after filming. So I was really, like, a mess. Which is sort of a bit Catherine. Then we started talking about pornography within about five minutes. It was quite bizarre at nine o’clock in the morning.”
Even before the Dangereuses debacle, Fox had been unpersuaded that theatre was the place for her. She enjoyed playing the mistress of a Nazi sympathiser in Cecil Philip Taylor’s play Good at the Donmar in 1999 — “That is my one very good memory of being on stage.” The following year she joined the Almeida’s adventurous double bill of Richard II and Coriolanus at the converted Gainsborough Studios. A vehicle for Ralph Fiennes found her cast as two of Shakespeare’s least talkative wives. She now says: “I don’t want to be in a Shakespeare play ever, ever again.” The same, it seems, goes for other classics. Wouldn’t she want a crack at Hedda? “No, I really wouldn’t. There are hundreds of people who would be better at it than me, and that’s something I have come to realise. I don’t want to be that exposed. People haven’t seen Catherine before, so maybe there won’t be that comparison.”
Comparisons being odious, it’s perhaps less of a surprise that Fox grew up without any desire to follow her parents and uncle into the profession, for all the temptations. She randomly recalls Jeremy Brett, who starred with her mother, Joanna David, in Rebecca, giving her a red-spotted handkerchief (“which I’ve still got”). Fred Zinnemann, who directed her father in The Day of the Jackal, would stay every Christmas. Then she went to Oxford to read English and started acting in plays. In her first long vacation, she was cast as Colin Firth’s little sister in Pride and Prejudice. “They needed someone who looked young, but who wasn’t at school and who could play the piano. It meant I didn’t have to waitress that holiday. It was as simple as that. I didn’t know what the f*** I was doing. It came out, and I didn’t even realise that it had been a big hit.”
She acquired an agent, but was persuaded by her parents to carry on studying. For a while, she flirted with journalism as a career: “I wanted to be a theatre critic, but I rather naively thought you could be a constructive critic rather than a destructive critic.” Failing that, she also fancied exercising her curiosity as an interviewer. “I’m not particularly interested in other people’s private lives,” she says. “I’m interested in what you’re doing now. But I don’t think you’re trying to find out what colour my knickers are. I’d be a journalist who tries to work things out about people. And that is the joy of acting. You get to taste different people’s lives.”
In her final summer she was cast as the second Mrs de Winter in Rebecca, in the audition keeping secret her identity as the daughter of a previous actress in the role. She treated the job of acting opposite Charles Dance, Diana Rigg and Faye Dunaway as another essay until the director told her to “stop thinking and feel it more. I had not a f****** clue. And it was intriguing and exciting, and it sort of carried on.”
Even as a big birthday looms — Fox will be 40 in July — an aura of the ingénue somehow lingers on. She presumably has much more of a clue these days, but remains upfront about her insecurities. It’s why, in the rehearsal room, she is happy to take not so much direction as instruction. “I’m not going to lie, it’s nerve-racking. I approach it going, ‘Please help me, what do I do now? How do I make that funny?’”
It partly explains why she’s been on Silent Witness longer than Amanda Burton, and is happy to carry on looking for clues in corpses as long as the job is there. “On a new project, you’re thinking, ‘Shit, do they think that I’m really awful, and have I got completely the wrong end of the stick with it?’ There is nothing worse than going, ‘This job is finishing, am I ever going to work again?’ I still have that feeling. You’d think you’d grow out of it.” It’s probably not hereditary.
Interview appeared in The Sunday Times Culture magazine 12 January 2014
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.
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.
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?
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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!).