Q&A Actor Emilia Fox
Born in London, the daughter of actors Edward ward Fox and Joanna David, Fox, 44, studied at Oxford University. . Since 2004, she has starred in the BBC drama Silent Witness. She is currently appearing in ITV’s Strangers. She is divorced, , has one daughter and lives in London.
When were you happiest?
In my childhood, when I didn’t think about whether it was happy. It just was.
What is your earliest memory?
Being given canaries for my fourth birthday. They were called Samson and Delilah, and were my first example of true love.
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Dawn French, because I am sitting next to her and she says if I don’t say her, she will hurt me.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Indecisiveness. Given a choice, I feel the need to explore it.
Property aside, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
A birthday present I hoped would mean a lot to the person. I had their family history researched and a book made.
What is your most treasured possession?
Letters written to me by those I love.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
That it’s scrutinised. Appearance is just that – an appearance.
Which book changed your life?
Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier. Playing the second Mrs de Winter was the first big TV role I got, and I never looked back.
Is it better to give or to receive?
To give. Always. But to appreciate that others like giving, too.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Enjoying time by myself. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A cellist, inspired by my mum and dad’s friendship with Jacqueline du Pré, and seeing a documentary about her.
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
Any writer who thinks I’ve ruined their work in performance. performa
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
When I reach the end of my life, I will know.
Have you ever said ‘I love you’ and not meant it?
Probably carelessly or recklessly, because it felt right to say it at the time. I understand those words very differently now.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Professor David Wilson, the top criminologist. I could listen to him talking about his experiences for a lifetime.
What’s your greatest disappointment?
To have failed to learn a second language.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
To university. I’d love a second go at it.
When did you last cry, and why?
Listening to the last 10 minutes of the podcast S-Town. It is one of my favourite reminders of what life is truly all about.
How often do you have sex?
Surely the question should be about quality, not quantity.
What is the closest you’ve come to death?
I’ve been to two postmortems in real life, and spent the last 14 years talking about death at work – so, pretty close.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
I would like the poem Cherish by Raymond Carver. It was read by my dad at my wedding, and is my absolute favourite.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
That the very ordinary things are the most extraordinary
The closest I’ve come to death? I’ve been to two postmortems, and spent 14 years talking about it at work – so, pretty close