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Also Known As: Died:
Born: July 30, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Zealand Profession: actor, lighting designer

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Like fellow antipodean actress Judy Davis, Kerry Fox has developed a reputation for playing fiercely intelligent, independent-minded woman. Also like Davis, the attractive New Zealander guards her privacy eschewing interviews and preferring her work to speak for itself. After first becoming established Down Under Fox, though, headed for England where she has found challenging roles on stage and film.After completing drama school in her native country, Fox first garnered attention for her remarkable portrayal of author Janet Frame in the biographical drama "An Angel at My Table" (1990), directed by Jane Campion. Cast against type, with frizzy red hair and playing down her natural attractiveness, the actress painted a portrait of an artist misdiagnosed with schizophrenia who overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to gain literary fame. Fox went on to earn praise for her turn as the younger sibling of a writer (Lisa Harrow) unaware of the path of destruction that follows in her wake in the melodrama "The Last Days of Chez Nous" (1992). The chameleonic performer was excellent as a radicalized white South African in "Friends" (1993) and as one of the titular seven women delivered to the home of a...

Like fellow antipodean actress Judy Davis, Kerry Fox has developed a reputation for playing fiercely intelligent, independent-minded woman. Also like Davis, the attractive New Zealander guards her privacy eschewing interviews and preferring her work to speak for itself. After first becoming established Down Under Fox, though, headed for England where she has found challenging roles on stage and film.

After completing drama school in her native country, Fox first garnered attention for her remarkable portrayal of author Janet Frame in the biographical drama "An Angel at My Table" (1990), directed by Jane Campion. Cast against type, with frizzy red hair and playing down her natural attractiveness, the actress painted a portrait of an artist misdiagnosed with schizophrenia who overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to gain literary fame. Fox went on to earn praise for her turn as the younger sibling of a writer (Lisa Harrow) unaware of the path of destruction that follows in her wake in the melodrama "The Last Days of Chez Nous" (1992). The chameleonic performer was excellent as a radicalized white South African in "Friends" (1993) and as one of the titular seven women delivered to the home of a messianic preacher in "Mr. Wroe's Virgins" (BBC, 1993), helmed by Danny Boyle. Boyle tapped Fox for her breakthrough role as a greedy medical student in the stylish "Shallow Grave" (1994). Fox continued to demonstrate her extraordinary range playing a seductive lesbian in the British TV production "A Village Affair" and as a sheep farmer in Michael Blakemore's "County Life" (both 1994), a version of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" set in the Australian Outback.

Moving back to the small screen, Fox enlivened the HBO melodrama "The Affair" (1995), portraying a bored English housewife enjoying an illicit romance with a black American soldier during WWII. In the superb, surreal Canadian-produced feature "The Hanging Garden" (1997), she was excellent as a bride-to-be eagerly awaiting the return of her gay brother. That same year, she was briefly, but effectively, seen as a foreign journalist covering the Balkan conflict in "Welcome to Sarajevo". Fox made her London stage debut in a 1997 production of Genet's "The Maids" and went on to earn strong notices for her work in "I Am Yours" (1998) and "Flame" (2000). She also remained active on the big screen, although critics were dismissive of the vehicles: Her suicidal woman befriended by a man who may be a vampire in "The Wisdom of Crocodiles" (1998) and her writer desiring a baby in "Fanny & Elvis" (1999) were little seen.

Fox came roaring back, though, with a blistering turn as an actress engaging in a sexual relationship with a relative stranger in "Intimacy" (2000). Adapted from Hanif Kureishi's stories and marking the English-language debut of director Patrice Chereau, "Intimacy" was screened to acclaim at the 2001 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. Fox and co-star Mark Rylance were particularly praised for their work essaying difficult people who find common ground only through physical intercourse.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mental (2013)
2.
 Mister Pip (2012)
3.
 Storm (2009)
4.
 Bright Star (2009)
5.
 Art in Las Vegas (2008)
6.
 Ferryman, The (2007)
7.
 Rag Tale (2005)
8.
 Black and White (2005) Helen Devaney
9.
 Niceland (2004)
10.
 Intimacy (2000) Claire
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Raised in Wellington, New Zealand
1990:
First major film role, portraying writer Janet Frame in the biopic "Angel at My Table", directed by Jane Campion
1992:
Co-starred in "The Last Days of Chez Nous", directed by Gillian Armstrong
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Moved to England
1992:
Cast as one of the titular characters in the TV miniseries "Mr. Wroe's Virgins", directed by Danny Boyle
1994:
Breakthrough screen role, as one of the plotting roommates in "Shallow Grave", directed by Boyle
1994:
Cast as a seductive lesbian in the British-made "A Village Affair", co-starring Sophie Ward
1994:
Portrayed the headstrong daughter of a visitor to an Australian sheep ranch in "Country Life", Michael Blakemore's adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya"
1995:
Played an unhappily English woman who has a relationship with a black soldier during WWII in the HBO drama "The Affair"
1997:
Delivered an outstanding turn as the sister of gay man in "The Hanging Garden"
1997:
Cast as a foreign journalist on assignment in the Balkans in "Welcome to Sarajevo", directed by Michael Winterbottom
1997:
London stage debut in production of "The Maids" by Jean Genet
1998:
Returned to the London stage in the Royal Court Theatre production of "I Am Yours"
1998:
Had supporting role as a suicidal woman in the vampire-themed "The Wisdom of Crocodiles", starring Jude Law
1999:
Played the lover of a drifter who becomes the assistant to a wildlife conservationist in the fact-based "To Walk With Lions"
1999:
Co-starred opposite Ray Winstone in the unlikely romance "Fanny & Elvis"
2000:
Had leading role in the stage play "Flame" in London
2000:
Garnered raves as a married actress who engages in a sexual relationship with a relative stranger in "Intimacy"; screened at Sundance and Berlin in 2001
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Notes

"The characters take time to find their shapes and so it takes me a little while to move in and inhabit them ... I've never regretted any job I've done at all. I've taken something, learnt something from all of the roles, and that's part of the reason I choose them. They've got to somehow make me bigger with more understanding and I've got to come away somehow with something ... as a bigger person. I like to feel that I'm learning from the people I'm working with, growing and becoming stronger, more confident." --Kerry Fox on the craft of acting, quoted in the London Times, October 2, 1999.

"I'm aware I have an attitude; but I see myself as being honest. I like the way I deal with people. ... New Zealanders tend to avoid confrontation, but Australians have a bulldozing brashness; maybe I'm guilty of that some days.

"I lived in Australia for six years, and I was astounded by their bluntness - particularly the women - but also really impressed by it. I admired them - and I can't deny that I adopted it." -- Kerry Fox quoted in London's Evening Standard, August 17, 2000.

On her abortive attempt to establish a career in Hollywood, Fox told Veronica Lee of London's The Guardian (August 31, 2000): "I got the strong impression that I was surrounded by people who didn't speak the same language, in the way that they do here or in Australia or New Zealand - that film can change people's perceptions of the world they live in. Then after a while in Hollywood I found I lost my grounding and came away feeling like an empty shell. I really lost my confidence."

Asked if she is difficult to work with, Fox replied, "That's a terrible word to use around actors. For some it means committed and professional. But I guess lots of people are frightened of me because they think I'm a loose cannon. I think they're frightened of my strength. They want things to be easy and straightforward, which I never do." --From Te Guardian, August 31, 2000.

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husband:
Jamie. Actor. Fox refuses to discuss her private life in interviews; lived with Fox in a home shared with chef Peter Gordon and his lover Michael McGrath; reportedly separated in 2000; divorced.
husband:
Jamie. Bavarian.
companion:
Alexander Linklater. Journalist.
companion:
Alexander Linklater. Catholic.
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son:
Eric Linklater. Had six grandchildren who survived him.
son:
Eric Linklater. Born in March 2001.

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