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Are Emilia and Laurence Fox related?

SILENT WITNESS icon Emilia Fox is set to present a new Channel 4 crime documentary called In the Footsteps of Killers.

But is she related to controversial actor and political activist Laurence Fox? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Emilia and Laurence Fox are cousins[/caption]

Are Emilia and Laurence Fox related?

Emilia, 46, is related to Laurence Fox.

Laurence, 43, is Emilia’s cousin.

Although they work in the same industry, the relatives have never acted on screen together.

They have appeared on telly together, though, starring in the first series of Celebrity Gogglebox in 2019.

Emilia also starred alongside Laurence’s ex-wife Billie Piper in the film Things To Do Before You’re 30, while the now-divorced couple were still married.

Many members of the Fox family are actors.

Emilia’s father Edward won the Bafta award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1971 film The Go-Between.

Her mother Joanna David has starred in several TV shows, including Inspector Morse, Midsomer Murders and Death in Paradise.

Laurence’s father James has been acting since 1950, starring in Downton Abbey, Lewis and Merlin.

His younger brother Jack currently plays Nico Eltham in Riviera and had a supporting role in Fresh Meat.

And Freddie, the youngest actor in the Fox family, recently starred in romantic drama The Pursuit of Love.

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Emilia is best known for playing Dr Nikki Alexander in Silent Witness[/caption]

What has Emilia said about her family?

Discussing her family’s acting exploits in an interview with Alibi, Emilia admitted she didn’t initially want to pursue a career on screen.

She said: “I don’t know if it was just my being a rebellious teen, opposed to everything my parents stood for, but I made a conscious decision at an early age that I would not be an actor.

“So I went to Oxford Uni to study English Literature and my aim was to be an art critic.

“Well, it was suitably different from what my parents did! But my youthful determination didn’t last long.

“I eventually caved in and had to accept that I did want to be an actor after all, even though I was terrified of people thinking my dad had pulled all the strings for me.”


Laurence ran unsuccessfully for London Mayor in 2021[/caption]

Who is Laurence Fox?

Laurence is an actor and political activist.

He became one of the best known faces on British telly when he starred as DS James Hathaway in the police drama Lewis.

The actor has also starred in many films including Gosford Park, Becoming Jane and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

Laurence has been heavily criticised in recent years for making controversial comments about the Covid-19 pandemic and race.

He ran for London Mayor in the recent election, finishing sixth in the vote – one place behind YouTuber Niko Omilana.

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