Edward Fox OBE
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He will perhaps be best remembered on TV for his consummate performance as Edward VIII in the television drama 'Edward and Mrs Simpson' in 1980 which won him an emmy.

Never a major box-office attraction, Fox has matured into a dynamic character player, busy throughout the 1980s in such films as Never Say Never Again (1983), and Wild Geese II (both films fairly average). In 1991, Fox could be seen by TV fans as King Richard in Robin Hood, the ‘rival’ production to Kevin Costner's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. He and Denholm Elliott transcend the average material in ‘Return from the river Kwai' (1988), not David Lean by any means, but watchable for their performances.

The Shooting Party (1984) demands special mention a classic british film in all senses of the word and describes the events as the sun sets on the aristocracy and on the British Empire, set in the microcosm of an English country estate. Fox has a field day playing the weak, tradition bound guest who can't abide being bested and Cheryl Campbell is terrific as his wayward wife. Note should be made of his role in Attenboroughs Ghandi (1982) where he plays the rather notorious Gen. Reginald Dyer. The famous scene after the massacre is simply superb as we see Fox playing a man, subsumed by his own sense of ritheousness.

Fox has persevered in both Cinema and TV for nearly forty years. During that period he has won three BAFTA’s. Even in small parts he was highly noticeable such as his his beautiful performance as Nils Krogstad in 'A Doll's House' (1973) or the dreadful bitterness he brought to screen as the second-rate actor in The Dresser (1983).

He was married to Tracy Reed but his partner of over 30 years is Joanna David and their daughter is Emilia Fox, both seen in TV's Pride and Prejudice (1995). He was awarded an OBE for his services to British Cinema in 2003. He continues to be passionate about the things that matter to him and was in 2002 on the Countryside March in London to protect hunting.


Quotes
'Being a gentleman is the number one priority, the chief question integral to our national life'


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Suggested films to see:

The day of the jackal (1973)
Edward and Mrs Simpson (1978) TV
A Bridge too far (1977)

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

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