BBC Cheaters: Jack Fox’s life from a very famous family, including a controversial brother and Hollywood actress cousin, to a relationship with a movie star

Jack Fox is a face we all recognize on our television screens as Nico Eltham from the hit series Riviera. He also played Sir Edward Denham in the ITV drama Sanditon, and even appeared on a recent episode of Midsomer Murders.

The 36-year-old, who currently stars in the BBC Cheaters series, made his screen debut in 2009, playing Perkin Warbeck in the TV miniseries Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant. Since then, he has had a huge impact in the various roles he has been cast in.

But when someone comes from such a talented family, their success is no surprise. Such is the case with Jack, whose family includes a number of actors, producers and television personalities.

First of all, Jack is the son of James Fox, who starred in many films in the 60s and 70s, including King Rat, The Servant, The Chase, Isadora, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Performance.

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Jack Fox stars as Zack in BBC comedy Cheaters

Jack is also the brother of Laurence Fox, who from 2006 to 2015 starred as DS James Hathaway in the ITV drama series Lewis. He also played Lord Palmerston in the ITV series Victoria.

But off-screen, Laurence is known for her often controversial right-wing political views. He was criticized for comments he made against the NHS over their handling of the Covid pandemic during an interview on Good Morning Britain, in which he said ‘if the NHS can’t cope, then the NHS is not fit for purpose”.



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Between 2007 and 2016, Laurence was married to actress and singer Billie Piper, which would make her Jack’s sister-in-law. Jack’s biological sister, Lydia, is also an actress who has starred in films such as Submarine, The Double and The Souvenir.

Meanwhile, Jack also has two famous uncles. Robert Fox is a highly respected theater and film producer who was behind the 2002 film The Hours, while Edward Fox is also a popular actor of the 60s and 70s. Through his uncle Edward, Jack is a first cousin of actor and voice actor Freddie Fox and actress Emilia Fox.

Fittingly, Jack also has a celebrity past. In 2011 he met West End actress Lily James, whom Downton Abbey fans would know as Lady Rose MacClare. She also had roles in War & Peace, The Pursuit of Love and her last attempt playing Pamela Anderson in Pam & Tommy.

Jack and Lily dated for a year before calling it quits. After their split, Lily began another relationship with actor Matt Smith, who played Prince Phillip in the Netflix series The Crown. They dated for five years between 2014 and 2019.

Nowadays, Jack can be seen playing his current role as Zack in the TV series Cheaters, which will next air on BBC One on Tuesday at 9.45pm.

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