TV interview: Emilia more than happy to be in the Silent Witness team

Emilia Fox.
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With Fox as a surname, the odd pun is somewhat of a given.

But ‘cunning as a fox’ and ‘sly fox’ were too bland for the Silent Witness crew when it came to marking Emilia Fox’s upcoming 10th year as Dr Nikki Alexander in the long-running BBC drama.

“Very kindly, [my colleagues] Richard, David and Liz and the whole crew put together a very funny music video of Ylvis’s What Does The Fox Say? and dressed up as animals,” the actress reveals, laughing.

“They played it at the wrap party.

“It was the sweetest, most touching thing.

“I couldn’t quite work out where I had been when they’d done it, because they filmed in the mortuary and the offices and I’d been on set all day.”

Fox is just as fond of the “great team” as they are of her, especially given how accommodating they’ve been since she became a mother to daughter Rose three years ago from a previous relationship with fellow actor Jeremy Gilley.

The question of balancing parenthood with a career is one very much on the 39-year-old’s mind at the moment.

For the first time in years, she’s returning to the stage for a month, until the end of February, in a production of Rapture, Blister, Burn – a play about two women who’ve gone down very different paths in life.

One’s a high-flying academic while the other’s built a happy life at home, but both envy the other’s choices.

“Where we’ve got to is quite rightly women having equal opportunities,” notes Fox, who says the play’s left her burning to discuss the issue of ‘having it all’.

“But where the problem comes with that is trying to juggle professional life, domestic life, children and relationships and how to balance it and make it possible to have that balance.

“And does everyone want to have that? Not necessarily. Some people don’t.

“Some people are satisfied with having one of those things and that’s absolutely right.”

At face value, it would seem that Fox, who grew up in Dorset, is a shining example of someone who has struck a good balance between work and parenthood – and retained her privacy.

She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Marco Pierre White that recently ended and is divorced from Mad Men actor Jared Harris (son of Richard Harris), but she’s not the type to kiss and tell.

“I guess that’s just how I’ve always been brought up,” says Fox, whose parents are well-known actors Joanna David and Edward Fox.

“You have a professional life and you have a private life and I think that’s all-important, and my private life is only Rose and mine’s.”

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