- Birth nameWilliam Fox
- Height6′ 1″ (1.85 m)
- James Fox is the second of three sons, born to the theatrical agent Robin Fox and his actress wife Angela Worthington - aka Angela Fox. His brothers are the actor Edward Fox and the producer Robert Fox. He started acting as a child actor and used his real name, until he reached his early 20s. He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He left for nine years from 1970 to 1979 to pursue Christian vocational work. His niece is the actress Emilia Fox and he has a half-brother to the actor Daniel Chatto. From his marriage to Mary Piper, he has four sons: Thomas Fox, born 1975; Robin Fox, born 1976; the actors Laurence Fox, born 1978; Jack Fox, born 1985, and one daughter, Lydia Fox, born 1979. He published a book, "Comeback: An Actor's Direction", in 1983.- IMDb Mini Biography By: Huw Nathan
- SpouseMary Elizabeth Piper(September 15, 1973 - April 19, 2020) (her death, 5 children)
- ChildrenRobin FoxThomas Fox
- RelativesRobert Fox(Sibling)Emilia Fox(Niece or Nephew)Edward Fox(Sibling)
- Rich smooth voice
- Fox left the acting profession for nine years (1970-1979) after he filmed Performance (1970) with Mick Jagger. A combination of his father's recent death, the strain of filming and smoking the hallucinogen DMT with Mick Jagger led to a nervous breakdown. Fox subsequently joined a religious organisation known as "The Navigators" which is similar to the Gideons and is closely associated with the ministry of Billy Graham.
- He played King George V and his son Laurence Fox played King George VI in W.E. (2011). His elder brother Edward Fox played George V's son and successor King Edward VIII (the Duke of Windsor) in Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978).
- Joint winner with Julie Christie of the 1963 Variety Club of Great Britain Most Promising Newcomer Award.
- He was cast as Lord William Holmes in Patriot Games (1992) after his elder brother Edward Fox left the film.
- [on his 9-year break from acting]: People think Performance (1970) blew my mind... my mind was blown long before that.
- Performance (1970) gave me doubts about my way of life. Before that I had been completely involved in the more bawdy side of the film business. But after that everything changed.
- After I made "Performance", for about a year and a half I started to try and reform my life. I thought it was a mess. I did start going back to church and I started to read the New Testament.
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