Emilia Fox

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Duration: 1 hour

Celebrities trace their family trees to reveal the lives of their ancestors. Emilia Fox, who was heavily pregnant while filming this episode, was intrigued to find out what family traits her baby might inherit. Part of the Fox theatrical dynasty, Emilia wants to find out just how far back the family's acting roots go.

Emilia also discovers, in an extraordinary tale of rags to riches, that her great great grandfather, Samson Fox, made one of the most important inventions of the 19th century. Born into an impoverished family, Samson started work in a Leeds textile mill when he was just eight years old, but ended up becoming one of the richest men in Victorian Britain. As Emilia investigates further, she discovers how her illustrious ancestor was later touched by scandal.

  • Emilia Fox’s great grandmother and sister

    Emilia Fox’s great grandmother and sister

    From left to right: Emilia Fox’s great grandmother Hilda, her elder sister Mary and Pony Polly in 1913

  • Emilia Fox's Grandfathers

    Emilia Fox's Grandfathers

    Third from left, in wide hat: Samson (Emilia Fox's great great grandfather); second from left: his son, Willie Fox (Emilia Fox's great grandfather and Hilda's husband).

Credits

Director
Leo Burley
Director
Leo Burley
Series Producer
Carrie Britton
Series Producer
Carrie Britton
Participant
Emilia Fox
Participant
Emilia Fox

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