Laurence Fox Biography
Laurence Fox born Laurence Paul Fox, is an English actor, singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was born on 26 May 1978 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
Laurence Fox entered Harrow School at the age of thirteen. He was expelled a few weeks before his A-levels. He went back to take the exams. He did well in his A-level examinations. However, he was unable to obtain a place at any university because of his report from Harrow.
He worked as a gardener for two years, and a stint as an office worker. Then he discovered that he enjoyed acting and enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). During his time there he appeared in numerous theatre productions, including the lead roles of Gregers Werle in Ibsen’s The Wild Duck, Marcus Andronicus in Titus Andronicus, and Stephen Daedalus in an adaptation of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. One of these was his first break into film – the 2001 horror-thriller The Hole.
Fox followed up The Hole by appearing in Robert Altman’s 2001 Academy Award-winning film Gosford Park. He then had roles including as a German airman in Island at War (2004), an SS officer in The Last Drop (2005), and as British soldiers in the 2002 films Deathwatch and Ultimate Force, and in Colditz (2005).
Fox was cast in the ITV detective drama Lewis as Detective Sergeant James Hathaway. Real people that Fox has portrayed include Prince Charles, in Whatever Love Means (2005); Wisley, one of Jane Austen’s suitors, in Becoming Jane (2007); and Sir Christopher Hatton, the Lord Chancellor of England in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, also released in 2007. In addition, in that year Fox was seen on ITV as Cecil Vyse in Andrew Davies’ adaptation of A Room with a View based on E.M. Forster’s 1908 novel. He has expressed a desire to appear in a western, and to star as James Bond – the closest he got to the latter was losing the role of villain Gustav Graves in Die Another Day (2002) to Toby Stephens.
On stage, Fox appeared in Mrs. Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw at the Strand Theatre (now the Novello Theatre) in London in 2002, and John Ford’s 17th-century play ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore in 2005. Between 2006 and 2007 he starred in Treats by Christopher Hampton with his future wife, Billie Piper. In 2013, Fox played Guy Haines in Strangers on a Train at London’s Gielgud Theatre. On 9 May 2015 he portrayed a wartime soldier composing a letter at VE Day 70: A Party to Remember in Horse Guards Parade, London.
Laurence Fox Age
Laurence Fox was born on 26 May 1978 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
Laurence Fox Father
His father actor James Fox was the son of Major Robin Fox, theatrical agent, who married Angela Muriel Darita Worthington, a natural daughter of Frederick Lonsdale.
Laurence Fox Family
Laurence Fox is the third of five children of actor James Fox and his wife Mary Elizabeth Piper. His four siblings are Tom who was born in 1975, Robin who was born in 1976, Lydia who was born in 1979, and Jack who was born in 1985. Lydia and Jack are actors.
His uncles are the actor Edward Fox and the theatrical and film producer Robert Fox. The actors Emilia and Freddie Fox are his first cousins, being the children of Edward Fox. Fox is also Richard Ayoade’s brother-in-law.
Laurence Fox Wife
Laurence Fox married British actress Billie Piper on 31 December 2007 in the 12th century parish church of St. Mary’s in Easebourne, West Sussex. They started dating in 2006 while they performed together in the stage play Treats.
Laurence Fox and Billie Piper Wedding
Laurence Fox and Billie Piper Wedding was held on 31 December 2007 in the 12th century parish church of St. Mary’s in Easebourne, West Sussex.
Laurence Fox Tattoo
During a 21 February 2008 interview on ITV breakfast show GMTV, Fox revealed that after a “drunken lunch” during their honeymoon in Mexico he and Piper got matching tattoos to celebrate their marriage. His tattoo, on his forearm, reads “Mrs Fox 31 December 2007,” while hers states “Mr Fox.”
Laurence Fox Divorce
Billie Piper and Laurence Fox were married for nine years and granted a ‘quickie’ divorce in May 2016.
Laurence Fox Dating
Laurence Fox has been dating DJ and television presenter Lilah Parsons, 29, the niece of former MI5 boss Eliza Manningham-Buller.
Laurence Fox Height
Laurence Fox stands at 6′ 3″ (1.91 m).
Laurence Fox Movies and TV Shows
- 2001: The Hole
- 2001: Gosford Park
- 2002: Deathwatch
- 2003: Al sur de Granada (South from Granada)
- 2005: The Last Drop
- 2007: Becoming Jane
- 2007: Elizabeth: The Golden Age
- 2011: W.E.
- Ultimate Force (2002–2006)
- Foyle’s War (2002–2015)
- 2004: Island at War
- 2004: AD/BC: A Rock Opera
- 2005: Colditz
- 2005: The Last Drop
- 2005 Jericho
- 2005 Egypt
- 2005: Whatever Love Means
- 2006–2015: Lewis
- 2006: Agatha Christie’s Marple: The Sittaford Mystery
- 2007: A Room with a View
- 2008: Wired:
- 2011: Fast Freddie, The Widow and Me
- 2015: Bear Grylls: Mission Survive
- 2017: Frankie Drake Mysteries
Laurence Fox Interview on playing Lewis’s sidekick, James Hathaway, and being part of the family Fox
Lewis comes to an end this week – are you happy with how your character, DS Hathaway, has developed?
Laurence Fox: Well, they fleshed out Hathaway – he got his own set of demons. Something for me to get my teeth into.
What’s it done to your profile – are you assailed by grannies wherever you go now?
Laurence Fox: No. I think I’ve only been assailed by one granny. Maybe I just don’t have a very memorable face.
If Lewis runs as long as Morse, are you prepared to be known as Hathaway for ever?
Laurence Fox: I haven’t thought about it. I don’t really know any actors that aren’t typecast, or at least I haven’t met one. Gary Oldman maybe, but who else? Most people play themselves, pretty much.
You’ve played a young Prince Charles in Whatever Love Means. Did you wear prosthetic ears?
Laurence Fox: No. I wish I had, though. My ears stick out a bit anyway. I think that’s why they cast me – to save money on prosthetics.
From what you learnt about him, do you think he’ll be a good king, or a chump?
Laurence Fox: I think he’ll be a good king, actually. I think he’s got a good role model in his mum. Maybe on occasion he says things that are not totally on the money, but I love the fact that he has a little village [Poundbury in Dorset], and I love the fact he doesn’t like horrible buildings.
You come from a veritable theatrical royal family yourself (dad James, Uncle Edward, cousin Emilia etc). What was charades like at Christmas when all you Foxes were growing up?
Laurence Fox: By the time it came around you’d have only had about two people playing because of the quantity of red wine that had been consumed. Christmas tended to be a laid-back affair. We’d get drunk once or twice a day. No competitive histrionics. No poetry readings.
Now you’re making a name for yourself, is it a help or a hindrance being “a Fox”?
Laurence Fox: I don’t mind it – I’m quite proud of where I come from, and I love my family and I’m where I am because of them. So I’m not in any way annoyed or irritated by it.
What are you up to just now?
Laurence Fox: I’m doing a play [Treats, currently on in London’s West End] with Kris Marshall and Billie Piper.
Ah yes. Do you want to tell us all about your relationship with Billie Piper?
Laurence Fox: Not really.
Are you getting hassled by the paparazzi?
Laurence Fox: A little bit. She gets it. I’m not getting hassled by anybody. It’s pretty tedious – it’s not a job I particularly enjoy having to do.
One final question: are you looking forward to the inevitable Hathaway spin-off once Lewis kicks the bucket?
Laurence Fox: Ha ha. Bring it on! Maybe we could kill him quickly. I did recommend that we could have a scene in one of the episodes with me just holding his hand while he was in hospital and going, ‘I’m so sorry,’ and him whispering, ‘Make sure the Force continues to work well. I’ll miss you, Hathers. Look after it for me’. But, surprisingly, Kev doesn’t seem too thrilled about that.