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SpouseJoanna David, Tracy Reed
FactHe played King Edward VIII (the Duke of Windsor) in Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978). His brother James Fox and nephew Laurence Fox would later play his father King George V and younger brother King George VI in W.E. (2011).

Edward Fox, OBE (born 13 April 1937) is an English stage, film and television actor. He is best known for his roles in the films The Day of the Jackal (1973), A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Gandhi (1982), as well as for his performance as the title character in the 1980s ITV series Edward & Mrs. Simpson.

Born in Chelsea, London, Fox was the son of Robin Fox, a theatrical agent, and Angela Muriel Darita Worthington (née Belcher), an actress and writer. His elder brother James Fox is also an actor, and his younger brother Robert Fox is a producer. Fox was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge.

Fox made his stage debut in 1958, and his first film appearance in 1963. His big break came in 1971 when he was cast as the assassin in Fred Zinnemann’s The Day of the Jackal. He went on to appear in a number of high-profile films throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including A Bridge Too Far (1977), Gandhi (1982) and The Shooting Party (1985).

In 1980, Fox starred as the title character in the ITV series Edward & Mrs. Simpson, which was a huge ratings success. He also appeared in a number of stage productions during this period, including a critically acclaimed turn as Hamlet at the Old Vic in 1985.

Fox’s career took something of a dip in the early 1990s, but he bounced back with roles in such films as The Remains of the Day (1993) and The Scarlet Pimpernel (1995). He has continued to work steadily in film and television ever since.

Fox has been married twice: first to Tracy Reed from 1960 to 1977, with whom he had two sons; and secondly to Josephine Tewson from 1980 to present. He has four grandchildren.

In terms of his physical appearance, Fox is 6 feet 2 inches tall with blue eyes and dark hair. He is now in his early 80s but still looks remarkably youthful.

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Full NameEdward Fox
Height1.73 m
ProfessionActor, Military Officer
EducationHarrow School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama


SpouseJoanna David, Tracy Reed
ChildrenEmilia Fox, Freddie Fox, Lucy Preston
ParentsRobin Fox, Angela Fox
SiblingsJames Fox, Robert Fox


AwardsBAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, British Academy Television Award for Best Actor, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
NominationsLaurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a New Play
MoviesThe Day of the Jackal, A Bridge Too Far, Gandhi, Force 10 from Navarone, Never Say Never Again, The Bounty, The Go-Between, The Mirror Crack'd, A Month by the Lake, Battle of Britain, The Duellists, The Dresser, Wild Geese II, Soldier of Orange, Stage Beauty, A Hazard of Hearts, Nicholas Nickleby, T...
TV ShowsOliver Twist, Daniel Deronda, Gulliver's Travels, Shaka Zulu, Edward & Mrs. Simpson, A Dance to the Music of Time, Hard Times

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1So ugly! He is utterly wrong for Bond. The opposite of what Fleming intended, and I knew Fleming. - On Daniel Craig


1He appeared in five films with Laurence Olivier: Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), Battle of Britain (1969), A Bridge Too Far (1977), The Bounty (1984) and Wild Geese II (1985).
2Both he and his nephew Laurence Fox appeared in films which depicted Operation Market Garden in September 1944: Edward played General Brian Horrocks in A Bridge Too Far (1977) while Laurence played Sturmbannführer Klaus Kessler in The Last Drop (2006).
3He appeared in three films directed by Richard Attenborough: Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Gandhi (1982).
4Nephew of Pamela Michael.
5He was married to Tracy Reed from 1958 to 1961. In Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978), he played the future Edward VIII, who was the lover of Reed's maternal grandmother Freda Dudley Ward.
6He was Nicholas Meyer's first choice for the role of John Leslie Stevenson / Jack the Ripper in Time After Time (1979). David Warner was ultimately cast in the role.
7Bayswater, London, England [May 2009]
8He was originally to have played Lord William Holmes in Patriot Games (1992) but the role was ultimately taken by his younger brother James Fox.
9He played King Edward VIII (the Duke of Windsor) in Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978). His brother James Fox and nephew Laurence Fox would later play his father King George V and younger brother King George VI in W.E. (2011).
10He played the father of real-life daughter, Emilia Fox, in The Republic of Love (2003).
11For many years a vocal supporter of the Conservative Party, in 2004 Fox switched his support to the UK Referendum Party.
12Performed with the Dundee Repertory company in the early 1960s with the likes of Michael Culver, Glenda Jackson and Nicol Williamson.
13An Associate Member of RADA.
14Graduated from RADA.
15He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2003 Queen's New Year's Honours List for his services to drama.
16Ex-father-in-law of Jared Harris.
17Uncle of actor Laurence Fox.
18Claims he has never worn jeans.
19Served in the Coldstream Guards.
20Father of Lucy Fox, the Viscountess Gormanston; the actress Emilia Fox and Freddie Fox.
21Son of the actress Angela Fox and the agent Robin Fox. Grandson of the dramatist Frederick Lonsdale.
22Brother of James Fox and Robert Fox.




The Dresser2015TV MovieThornton
Katherine of Alexandria2014Emperor Constantius
National Theatre Live: The Audience2013TV MovieWinston Churchill
Inspector Lewis2013TV SeriesDr. Yardley
Midsomer Murders2011TV SeriesWilliam Bingham
Agatha Christie's Marple2010TV SeriesCaterham
Oliver Twist2007TV Mini-SeriesMr. Brownlow
The Old, Old, Very Old Man2007ShortAll
Stage Beauty2004Sir Edward Hyde
Agatha Christie's Poirot2004TV SeriesGudgeon
The Republic of Love2003Richard
Nicholas Nickleby2002Sir Mulberry Hawk
Daniel Deronda2002TV Mini-SeriesSir Hugo Mallinger
Foyle's War2002TV SeriesAsst. Commissioner Summers
The Importance of Being Earnest2002Lane
I Was a Rat2001TV Mini-SeriesProfessor Prosser (uncredited)
All the Queen's Men2001Aitken
Wilfred2000Short voice
Lost in Space1998Businessman
Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone1997TV MovieMarkham
A Dance to the Music of Time1997TV Mini-SeriesUncle Giles
Prince Valiant1997King Arthur
September1996TV MovieArchie
Gulliver's Travels1996TV Mini-SeriesGeneral Limtoc
A Month by the Lake1995Major Wilshaw
Sherwood's Travels1994Donen
A Feast at Midnight1994Father
Performance1993TV SeriesMajor Luddington
The Good Guys1992TV SeriesJohn Montgomerie
Chillers1992TV SeriesMichael Herbert
The Crucifer of Blood1991TV MovieAlistair Ross
Robin Hood1991Prince John
Screen Two1987-1991TV SeriesMonk Scott / Philip / St. John Quartermaine
Strauss Dynasty1991TV Mini-SeriesMetternich
The Tale of Little Pig Robinson1990TV MovieCaptain Barnabas Butcher
Shaka Zulu1986-1989TV Mini-SeriesLt. Francis Farewell
Return from the River Kwai1989Major Benford
Ten Great Writers of the Modern World1988TV Mini-Series documentaryReader
A Hazard of Hearts1987TV MovieLord Harry Wrotham
Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna1986TV MovieDr. Hauser
Theatre Night1985TV SeriesThe Doctor
Wild Geese II1985Alex Faulkner
The Shooting Party1985Lord Gilbert Hartlip
The Bounty1984Captain Greetham
The Dresser1983Oxenby
Never Say Never Again1983'M'
Gandhi1982General Dyer
Nighthawks1981A.T.A.C. Man
The Mirror Crack'd1980Inspector Craddock
Voor koningin en vaderland1979TV Mini-SeriesColonel rafelli
Edward & Mrs. Simpson1978TV Mini-SeriesKing Edward VIII
The Cat and the Canary1978Hendricks
Force 10 from Navarone1978Miller
The Big Sleep1978Joe Brody
Hard Times1977TV Mini-SeriesCapt. James Harthouse
BBC2 Play of the Week1977TV SeriesNikolai
Soldier of Orange1977Colonel Rafelli
A Bridge Too Far1977Lieutenant General Horrocks
The Duellists1977Colonel
The Squeeze1977Foreman
Romance1977TV SeriesSam Gregory
Centre Play1976TV SeriesAndrew
BBC Play of the Month1970-1976TV SeriesCaptain Dancy, DSO Charles Surface Lysander ...
Churchill's People1975TV SeriesAaron Graham
Galileo1975Cardinal Inquisitor
Dr. Watson and the Darkwater Hall Mystery1974TV MovieDr. Watson
A Doll's House1973/IINils Krogstad
Horizon1973TV Series documentaryPatient
The Day of the Jackal1973The Jackal
Shadows of Fear1973TV SeriesJohn Parker
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1969-1972TV SeriesIan / Michael Turner / Dr. Macmillan
Thirty-Minute Theatre1972TV SeriesPip Lester
The Go-Between1971Hugh Trimingham
The Expert1971TV SeriesTony Davis-Jones
The Breaking of Bumbo1970Horwood
W. Somerset Maugham1970TV SeriesTim Hardy
Skullduggery1970Bruce Spofford
Happy Ever After1970TV SeriesMr. Bailey
Battle of Britain1969Pilot Officer Archie
The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder1969TV SeriesSir Harry Carlin
Oh! What a Lovely War1969Aide to Field-Marshal Haig
Mogul1969TV SeriesJocelyn Traddle
Journey to the Unknown1969TV SeriesSir Robert Sawyer
Journey to Midnight1968Sir Robert Sawyer (segment "Poor Butterfly")
The Avengers1968TV SeriesLord Teddy Chilcott
Man in a Suitcase1968TV SeriesEzard
The Portrait of a Lady1968TV SeriesLord Warburton
Public Eye1968TV SeriesEric Kitson
I'll Never Forget What's'isname1967Walter
ITV Play of the Week1964-1967TV SeriesEdward Voysey / Papon / Roger Price
The Long Duel1967Hardwicke
The Naked Runner1967Ritchie Jackson
Theatre 6251964-1967TV SeriesGeorge Barrington / Trevor / Ronnie Lovell
The Jokers1967Lt. Sprague
Conflict1967TV SeriesOctavius
Emergency-Ward 101966TV SeriesCaptain Forster
The Frozen Dead1966Norburg's Brother (Prisoner #3)
Five More1966TV SeriesDavid
Redcap1966TV SeriesJohn Richardson
Life at the Top1965Office Supervisor (uncredited)
Love Story1964TV SeriesKeith
Comedy Playhouse1963TV SeriesPeter
Suspense1963TV SeriesMarten
Drama 61-671963TV SeriesHassell
This Sporting Life1963Restaurant Barman (uncredited)
The Mind Benders1963Stewart (uncredited)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner1962Extra (uncredited)
BBC Sunday-Night Play1962TV Mini-SeriesTom McMaster


Some Things Mean Something2014Short executive producer


A londoni férfi2007voice dubbing: István Lénárt


Richard Attenborough: A Life2014TV MovieHimself - Actor, Oh! What a Lovely War
Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film2014DocumentaryHimself
South at Six2014TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2005-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Welcome to World War One2006Video documentary short
The Secret Life of Ghosts and Werewolves2001TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Mkomazi: Return of the Rhino1999DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Cluedo1990TV SeriesHimself
Wogan1986TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Making of 'The Bounty'1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
Friday Night, Saturday Morning1981TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Night of One Hundred Stars1980TV MovieHimself
Omnibus1975TV Series documentaryHimself
Call My Bluff1974TV SeriesHimself
The Battle for The Battle of Britain1969TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)


Won Awards

2002NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsembleNicholas Nickleby (2002)
1979BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorEdward & Mrs. Simpson (1978)
1978BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorA Bridge Too Far (1977)
1977NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActorA Bridge Too Far (1977)
1975Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsMost Promising Newcomer - Actor
1972BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Go-Between (1971)

Nominated Awards

1983BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorGandhi (1982)

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