Laurence Paul Fox (born 26 May 1978) is an English actor and musician, best known for his leading role as Detective Sergeant James Hathaway in the British TV drama series Lewis (2006–2013). He is the son of a show business family: his father is the actor James Fox; Edward Fox and Robert Fox are both uncles, and his cousin Emilia and sister Lydia also have successful acting careers.
Fox's rebellious nature led to difficult times at Harrow School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). His first break into film was in the horror-thriller The Hole (2001), which he followed up with a part in Gosford Park (2001). After playing a number of German and British soldiers, his performance in Colditz (2005) was noticed. This led to his being offered the role in Lewis, seven series of which have been produced and aired between 2006 and 2013.
Fox has portrayed Prince Charles, in Whatever Love Means (2005); Wisley, one of Jane Austen's suitors, in Becoming Jane (2007); and Sir Christopher Hatton, the Lord Chancellor of England in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). Fox was seen on ITV as Cecil Vyse in Andrew Davies' adaptation of A Room with a View (2007) based on E.M. Forster's 1908 novel.