Monday, June 21, 2010
Male on Monday - Laurence Fox
Brigid Coady explains why there is something so attractive about a Fox
If any of you follow me on Twitter (@beecee) you will have been aware that for the last month I have been indulging, some might say over indulging, in a watching fest of Lewis. Lewis for those in the UK or Inspector Lewis for our North American chums is a detective series and a spin off of the very successful Morse series. Now some people are a fan of Lewis himself played by Kevin Whatley. They may keep Mr Whatley as I am currently obsessed by his Detective Sergeant, James Hathaway. Now whether it is Hathaway or Laurence Fox the gentleman who plays him I don't know. All I know that there is something about the tall, laconic, swaggering blond which has turned my head.
Laurence Fox or Lol as he is known comes with a fine acting pedigree. His father is actor James Fox, his uncle is Edward Fox and his cousin Emilia Fox. He was a tad rebellious at school and was kicked out of Harrow and also had a difficult time at RADA before he got his first break in the film The Hole alongside Keira Knightley and then in Gosford Park.
After playing a number of German and British soldiers, his performance in Colditz (2005) was noticed. This led to his being offered the role in Lewis, four series of which have been produced and aired between 2006 and 2010. Lol has portrayed Charles, Prince of Wales, in Whatever Love Means (2005); Wisley, one of Jane Austen's suitors, in Becoming Jane (2007); and Sir Christopher Hatton, the Lord Chancellor of England in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, also released in 2007. In addition, that year Fox was seen on ITV as Cecil Vyse in Andrew Davies' adaptation of A Room with a View based on E.M. Forster's 1908 novel.
On stage, Fox has appeared in Shaw's Mrs Warren's Profession (2002), John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (2005), and Christopher Hampton's Treats (2006–2007).
It was when he was in Treats that he met Billie Piper (curses) they married on 31 December 2007. On 21 October 2008 Piper gave birth to a son, Winston James Fox.
Now I have been told there is a vague similarity between myself and the lovely Mrs Fox (shave off 11 years and many many pounds) which shows his obvious good taste in the fairer sex.
But I am still not sure whether it is the Fox I fancy or whether the dry, guitar playing, former seminary student, Hathaway has turned my head. Either way I get a blast of inspiration
When Brigid isn't watching her box sets of Lewis and googling Mr Fox she is working on rewriting her YA Novel and waiting to find out when her short story 'The Great Leap Forward' will be published in the short story anthology 'Even More Tonto Short Stories'