Q&A Ac­tor Emilia Fox

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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

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