Laurence Fox

Laurence Fox

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Laurence Fox's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Lewis (UK) TV Show
Lewis (UK)
Wired (UK) TV Show
Wired (UK)
Bear Grylls: Misson Survive (UK) TV Show
Bear Grylls: Misson Survive (UK)

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Laurence Fox (born 1978) is an English actor best known for his leading role as Detective Sergeant James Hathaway in the British TV drama series Lewis (2006–2010). He is the scion of a show business family: his father is the actor James Fox, and Edward Fox, Robert Fox and Daniel Chatto are all uncles.
Fox's rebellious nature led to difficult times at Harrow School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). His first break into film was in the horror-thriller The Hole (2001), which he followed up with a part in Gosford Park (2001). After playing a number of German and British soldiers, his performance in Colditz (2005) was noticed. This led to his being offered the role in Lewis, four series of which have been produced and aired between 2006 and 2010.
Fox has portrayed Charles, Prince of Wales, 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, 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.
On stage, Fox has appeared in Shaw's Mrs Warren's Profession (2002), John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (2005), and Christopher Hampton's Treats (2006–2007). He married his Treats co-star Billie Piper on 31 December 2007. On 21 October 2008 Piper gave birth to a son, Winston James Fox.

Personal life
Fox's wife Billie Piper in October 2006 Fox dated British actress Billie Piper in 2006 while they performed together in the stage play Treats.On 31 December 2007 Fox married Piper in the 12th-century parish church of St. Mary's in Easebourne,West Sussex.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 31.12.07", while hers states "Mr Fox".Fox and Piper live in a country cottage in the market town of Midhurst in West Sussex.In March 2008 it was reported that Piper had expressed to family and friends a desire to adopt children as well as to have children of her own with Fox.On 27 April 2008 The Sun, quoting an unnamed source, announced that Piper was three months' pregnant and that she and Fox were "absolutely over the moon".On 21 October 2008,Piper gave birth to a son, Winston James Fox(6 pounds 11 ounces),by emergency Caesarean section.
Fox's siblings are Tom (born 1975), Robin (1976),Lydia (1979) and Jack (1985);Lydia Fox is herself an actress.His uncles are the actors Edward Fox and Daniel Chatto (husband of Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of the late Princess Margaret),and the theatrical and film producer Robert Fox. The actress Emilia Fox is his first cousin, being the daughter of Edward Fox.


Fox, who graduated from RADA on 1 July 2001,followed up The Hole by appearing in Robert Altman's 2001 Academy award-winning film Gosford Park. He then donned uniforms in a slew of film and television features, including roles 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).In the latter made-for-television movie,Fox played Capt.Tom Willis who, after an unsuccessful attempt to break out of a prisoner-of-war camp,is brought to Oflag IV-C in Colditz Castle,one of the most famous German Army POW camps for officers in World War II.Actor Kevin Whately caught Fox's performance in the last ten minutes of the film,which he characterized as "this young English boy going bonkers and wandering out to be shot",and thought "He's interesting." The next day, at a lunch meeting with "all the powers that be" regarding a new project, Whately mentioned that Fox "would be worth taking a look at".Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox in Lewis (2006–2010)
As a result, Fox was cast in the ITV detective drama Lewis as Detective Sergeant James Hathaway,a Cambridge-educated former trainee priest who becomes the partner of Detective Inspector Robert Lewis,played by Whately. The pilot of this spin-off from Inspector Morse(1987–2000),was ITV's highest rated drama of 2006.Four series have been broadcast between 2006 and 2010.

  • Son-in-law of 'Paul Piper' (qv).
  • Went to drama school with and was in the same year as fellow RADA actress 'Katherine Heath' (qv).
  • Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
  • Cousin of actress 'Emilia Fox' (qv).
  • Son of actor 'James Fox (I)' (qv), and nephew of actor 'Edward Fox (I)' (qv) and producer 'Robert Fox (II)' (qv).
  • He is great friends with 'Matthew Goode' (qv).
  • 'David Tennant (I)' (qv) attended Fox's wedding to former _"Doctor Who" (2005)_ (qv) co-star 'Billie Piper' (qv) (December 2007).
  • (2007) Married fellow actor Billie Piper at the Parish Church of St Mary's in Easebourne, West Sussex on New Year's Eve. They met while starring in the West End play Treats.

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