PUBLISHED: 15:02, Wed, Sep 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:02, Wed, Sep 2, 2020
The 42-year-old Brexiteer is best-known for his role of Hathaway in ‘Inspector Morse’ spin-off ‘Inspector Lewis’ and as the ex-husband of Billie Piper. Fox and the ‘I Hate Suzie’ actress, 37, divorced four years ago, but share sons Winston and Eugene. Their separation seemed bitter at first before it quelled in recent years. Unearthed accounts from their married life reveal the former ‘Doctor Who’ companion once made a cutting comment about Fox’s acting talent.
While Fox comes from a family of actors, his father James known for films including ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ and ‘Performance’, he didn’t consider it as a career until after he finished school.
He left Harrow School with good grades but claimed his teachers’ “report meant he didn’t get a place at university”.
Instead he spent the next two years in Wimbledon, where he worked as a gardener and then analysed seismological data in an office.
The future star was initially rejected by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in Manchester but was successful with his second audition.
Despite the success, Fox claimed to have been unhappy there because the school comprised of “snobs” rather than working class pupils.
He told the Independent in 2011: “It was never from people who'd worked hard and had come from little drama groups in Salford.
“It would be girls from Putney and stuff like that. I didn't have any middle-class friends at drama school.”
Over time, Fox became “deliberately niggled” about whether he “gave a s*** or not” about acting and was even advised to quit by a teacher.
She told him: “You shouldn't act... you definitely shouldn't act... I've watched you all this year and you've no access to your emotional life.”
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Despite this, in his final year he accepted his first role alongside Kiera Knightley in 2001 psychological thriller ‘The Hole’.
He recalled director Nick Hamm proclaiming that Knightley was going to become an international success but not him.