Rake in Progress: Freddie Fox

With a bloodline that runs through British stage and screen, how could Freddie Fox resist the lure of acting? And with several projects due for release this year, including the dark drama White House Farm, how are we going to get him out of our minds?

Freddie Fox was born to act. The 30-year-old scion of the thespian Fox dynasty that includes his father, Edward, sister, Emilia, and cousin Laurence dabbled in other fields in his youth, but was never able to resist the allure of the dramatic arts. Spurred on by his family’s support and inspired by the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Alec Guinness and Paul Newman, Fox attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before throwing himself into a slew of roles across theatre, television and film.

Now he is set to play Jeremy Bamber in the forthcoming T.V. series White House Farm, a drama based on the chilling true story of the fatal shootings at White House Farm in Essex in 1985, in which Bamber was convicted of murdering his family. It’s a challenging role, but that’s exactly why Fox was drawn to it. “I would never have dreamt that I would have got to have played a complex psychology like Jeremy Bamber’s,” he says.

Fox’s enthusiasm for his craft is refreshing, especially given that he has been entrenched in this world his whole life. “It’s so much fun, and you meet wonderful people,” he says. “You get to pretend… to live lives that you find really interesting, that you would never otherwise get the chance to do.”

His passion translates to an unbelievable energy and assiduous work ethic that has led to him spinning multiple plates. This year he will star alongside Maxine Peake and Charles Dance in the period film Fanny Lye Deliver’d; in the comedy Higher Grounds; on the small screen in a two-part miniseries called Invisible; and in the second season of the hit satirical sitcom Year of the Rabbit. Suffice it to say, free time is a foreign concept for Fox, but he insists he wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Aobh O'Brien-Moody

Published

February 2020

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