The Fox Acting Dynasty
You have your Redgraves and Douglases and Sheen/Estevez and Streep/Gummers. But does anyone follow Britain's Fox Acting Dynasty? Who is your favorite?
I like Laurence's voice, but he seems a bit nutty in real life.
And of course Freddie was fucked by Con O'Neill in Cucumber.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||04/08/2021|
You forgot Jack Fox, who is much cuter and more reasonable than Laurence.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||03/02/2021|
I liked Laurence and his Aryan BDF until he went kooky. I can never keep James and Edward straight, but one of them is my favorite. Probably James, if he's the one who did the Pinter movies.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||03/02/2021|
[quote]You forgot Jack Fox, who is much cuter and more reasonable than Laurence.
I swear I had Jack in the poll. I don't know what happened to him.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||03/02/2021|
James was Veruca Salt's father in Willy Wonka.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||03/02/2021|
Edward starred in "The Day of the Jackal" and "The Go-Between" (script by Pinter). James starred in "The Servant" (script by Pinter). I always thought Edward was the more handsome, and James the better actor. James is a full head taller than Edward.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||03/02/2021|
Thanks, R7. See how I can't keep them straight?
"The Servant" was the Pinter film I was thinking of. What a film and what performances! And I loved "The Day of the Jackal." (Great book, too.) So I gave credit to each of them for something they didn't do. :)
James always had a strangely craggy face, from his late 20s on, it seemed.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||03/02/2021|
Isn't Emilia married to one of Richard Harris' sons?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||03/02/2021|
[quote]Isn't Emilia married to one of Richard Harris' sons?
I think she was married to Jared but they've split up.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||03/02/2021|
I like them all. All good actors.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||03/02/2021|
Have any of them done major US work or are they mainly British actors?
|by Anonymous||reply 13||03/03/2021|
Love James doing the "Tapioca" in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" with Julie Andrews!
|by Anonymous||reply 14||03/03/2021|
I saw Emilia Fox recently in two things. I binged the TV show Delicious (starring her, Dawn French, Tanya Reynolds, Ian Glen and Sheila Hancock) which was rather lovely and then she has a minor role in a farce comedy drama called Blithe Spirit (starring Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher, Leslie Mann, and Judy Dench).
I didn't realize she is part of that big Fox dynasty.
Jack Fox was in Sanditon which was cancelled after one season. A shame since it also featured sexy Theo James.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||03/03/2021|
Douglas? Estevez? GUMMER?
|by Anonymous||reply 16||03/03/2021|
The one from "The Chase" and "Day of the Jackal"; he won me over when he said that he came from a generation of British actors who all wanted to be the next Olivier or Gielgud, but he rejected that, instead wanting to be the next Brando or Clift.
He never seemed to take himself too seriously.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||03/03/2021|
James Fox being tormented by Dirk Bogarde in The Servant (1963). Lots of gay undertones in this film.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||03/03/2021|
My favorite isn't on your list, OP: it's Joanna David, the mother of Emilia Fox and wife of Edward. Fox
She did superb leading work in the late 1970s for the BBC, most memorably as the 2nd Mrs. de Winter in the miniseries version of "Rebecca" (center) with Jeremy Brett as Max and Anna Massey as Mrs. Danvers. She now mostly does supporting character work, and she's always superb.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||03/03/2021|
[quote]In The Servant, Fox stars as the handsome, carefree and hard-drinking British aristocrat Tony, who has just bought a new home in London and hires a manservant named Hugo (Dirk Bogarde) to care and cook for him. The relationship between Tony and Hugo becomes more and more tangled and intertwined as the film progresses. There are class differences between the two men as well as an underlying sexual tension that threatens to surface throughout the entire film. Their blossoming friendship is tested when Tony’s ill-mannered girlfriend Susan (Wendy Craig) seems to become annoyed as well as jealous of Hugo, while Hugo seems equally annoyed and jealous of Susan. Susan finally asks Tony to get rid of Hugo but he refuses. Soon afterward Hugo hires his “sister” Vera (Sara Miles) to help care for and clean-up after Tony. At first Tony seems extremely disinterested in Vera but Hugo finds various ways to force them together. When Tony finally decides to consummate his relationship with her the audience is forced to wonder if Tony was only attracted to Vera because he thought she was Hugo’s sister? If Vera was just any girl, would he have paid her any attention? After Tony discovers an uncomfortable truth about Vera he fires them both but soon afterward Tony can’t resist hiring Hugo again.
[quote]Together Hugo and Tony resume playing house together and act more like an old married couple than master and servant. This facade hides the fact that Hugo wants Tony’s privilege and wealth while Tony desperately wants Hugo’s acceptance and companionship. Hugo begins using his powers of persuasion over Tony and soon Tony becomes a prisoner in his own home; trapped by Hugo’s domineering personality as well as his own reliance on alcohol. As their relationship becomes more and more codependent a simple game of hide & seek between the two men suddenly turns into something much more sinister and subversive. A complex struggle for power and class hierarchy, as well as sexual domination, seems to be taking place between them when Hugo taunts Tony with veiled threats of “You’ve got a guilty secret!” while Tony hides like a petrified child terrified of incomprehensible demons he is unwilling to face.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||03/03/2021|
I like the one who was in A Passage To India with Dr Aziz and Esmiss Esmoor.
Another subversive performance and film.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||03/03/2021|
My favorite Fox is "The Jackal."
|by Anonymous||reply 22||03/03/2021|
[quote]The one from "The Chase" and "Day of the Jackal"; he won me over when he said that he came from a generation of British actors who all wanted to be the next Olivier or Gielgud, but he rejected that, instead wanting to be the next Brando or Clift.
My bad..."The Chase" and "The Day of the Jackal" were two different actors! I was referring to the "Jackal" one.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||03/03/2021|
James was amazing in Cammell/Roeg's PERFORMANCE (70).
|by Anonymous||reply 25||03/03/2021|
[quote] Esmiss Esmoor
Esmiss Esmoor! Esmiss Esmoor!
|by Anonymous||reply 26||03/03/2021|
Who the fuck is voting for Laurence, other than Laurence?
|by Anonymous||reply 28||03/03/2021|
I think you could’ve included Billie Piper through marriage.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||03/03/2021|
[quote]I think you could’ve included Billie Piper through marriage.
She and Laurence have split up.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||03/03/2021|
OP, you made a mistake.
[quote] You have your Redgraves and Douglases and Sheen/Estevez and Streep/Gummers...
The Redgraves are genuine professional actors.
All the others are just people who appear in movies and TV.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||03/03/2021|
Streep Gummers sounds like a senior citizen fan club.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||03/03/2021|
Fox is a kind of sexy name but Streep Gummers sounds like a dental disaster.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||03/03/2021|
Like them all, just watched Laurence in the "Victoria" mini series. He was excellent.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||03/03/2021|
Freddie Fox is hot and dreamy
|by Anonymous||reply 35||03/03/2021|
It's a shame Laurence is such a hateful twit. I enjoyed him in Netflix's WHITE LINES.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||03/03/2021|
[quote] Laurence is such a hateful …
Who does Laurence hate, R36?
Or what does Laurence hate, R36?
|by Anonymous||reply 37||03/03/2021|
Natasha Richardson Fox Neeson, of course.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||03/03/2021|
James' illegitimate daughter Vivica A. is missing from the poll.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||03/03/2021|
I can’t tell James and Edward apart either. Especially since their looks changed between younger and older, so it’s like telling four guys apart.
Laurence, a pity because he was okay in that Morse sequel but even then he had his insufferable moments. He played a German soldier in a movie about Nazi-occupied Jersey (filmed on the Isle of Man), that was probably his true calling.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||03/03/2021|
[quote]Freddie Fox is hot and dreamy
The body is hot, but when you look at his face, it's kind of fucked up. His look is more porn actor than Hollywood heartthrob.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||03/03/2021|
[quote]Who does Laurence hate, [R36]?
He's borderline white supremicist. Wants to start his own political party.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||03/03/2021|
[quote] He's borderline white supremicist.
Has he said that? Why don't you pay attention to his direct words instead of second-hand hate-mongering from the guardian newspaper which has issues of its own.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||03/03/2021|
The originator of this so called "dynasty‘‘ was an eight-year-old boy named Samson Fox who started work in a Yorkshire textile mill in the 1840s.
He later set up a engineering company building boilers for railways and engines. He progressed exporting his engines overseas.
By the 1890s he was sufficiently successful and grateful that he felt duty bound to gave back to society. He did so by donating £45,000 (a vast sum then) to build the Royal College of Music.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||03/03/2021|
R43 = Laurence, Google alerts on
|by Anonymous||reply 45||03/03/2021|
Freddie Fox is very hot. Loved his gay sex scenes in Cucumber.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||03/05/2021|
[quote]I think you could’ve included Billie Piper through marriage.
In that case Richard Ayoade also counts, seeing as he's married to the non acting Lydia Fox, daughter of James and sister of Laurence.
It's quite funny that James Fox's wife was also a Piper.
[quote]My favorite isn't on your list, OP: it's Joanna David, the mother of Emilia Fox and wife of Edward. Fox
Joanna and Emilia have been on Celebrity Gogglebox and they're both very good. Joanna's response to the penis reveals on Naked Attraction is great. There's a huge gap between Emilia and Freddie being born.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||03/05/2021|
Freddie is a very good actor - I've seen him on stage several times - he was in two Old Vic productions in the Kevin Spacey era. He appeared alongside his father in An Ideal Husband but came across as too young opposite the other actors.
He hasn't just played gay in Cucumber. He was one of the minor gays in Pride, he played Marilyn in Mad About The Boy and had a small but essential role in The Shadow Line.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||03/05/2021|
James Fox stopped acting for a while to join a religious sect after becoming disturbed filming 'Performance.'
|by Anonymous||reply 51||03/05/2021|
The Fantastic Mr. Fox, obviously.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||03/05/2021|
[quote]James' illegitimate daughter Vivica A. is missing from the poll.
As was his illegitimate granddaughter Megan.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||03/05/2021|
I read an interview with Edward Fox years ago where he was very upfront about the fact that he and his wife had an open marriage and he had continued to see other people but never wanted to leave Joanna. I wonder if that had any influence on Emilia and Freddie. After Emilia and Jared Harris split, Jared heavily implied that she had been unfaithful to him with the man who later became the father of her daughter (she subsequently split with him as well). I think her family were sad about the marriage ending though. Joanna said in an interview many years afterwards that she (Joanna) had adored Jared.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||03/05/2021|
[quote] Edward Fox years ago where he was very upfront about the fact that he and his wife had an open marriage
Edward Fox is a dark horse.
His current wife is his second wife. His first wife had 4 husbands (and was more importantly step-daughter to the great Sir Carol Reed and step-cousin to Oliver Reed)
|by Anonymous||reply 55||03/07/2021|
I found Edward Fox very suave, dashing and sexy in Day Of The Jackal. It's been a while since I saw it. Did they keep the plot point from the novel about the Jackal seducing a gay man to evade the cops?
|by Anonymous||reply 56||03/07/2021|
This interview with James demonstrates James' blandness.
He tells how he got early fame due to his looks, how he felt guilty, turned to religion, walked out in South America, said 'No' to Meryl Streep, played a homosexual once and continued to play generally bland Englishmen.
He displays his timidity. He doesn't mention his film with Greer Garson, nor Julie Andrews, nor fondling Jane Fonda's feet nor the supposed 'unspoken sexual tension' with George Segal.
Nor are we told about any link with the Christian interviewer.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||04/08/2021|