Laurence Fox is an English actor and political activist, who was known as actor for the supporting role of DS James Hathaway in the British television series lewis from 2006 to 2015. He is part of a dynasty of actors, grandson of actors robin and Angela Fox, son of Richard Foxbrother of Jack and Lydia Fox, to the cousin Emily Fox. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His brother-in-law is Richard Ayoade, married to his sister Lydia, and Laurence was married to Billy Piper, and has two sons with her. This week it was announced that he was engaged to one of her political supporters. Because Laurence Fox has been quite prominently politically active. So much so that it has now become a Viz Comic character, in the new February 2022 issue of British satirical comics magazine See #311. A parody of Roald Dahl personage The Fantastic Mr. Fox. With fairly strong opinions.
In 2019, Fox told The Times he had been “totally radicalized” by watching YouTube videos about “woke culture” and “political correctness.” Fox has frequently criticized the UK government’s response to the pandemic, encouraging people to disobey social distancing rules and other public health restrictions, and in March 2021 took part in an anti-lockdown protest. Appearing as a panelist on the BBC’s political debate show Question Time in January 2020, Fox said that Meghan Markle was not racially victimized and called a member of the public who had called him a “privileged white man” a racist. In January 2020, Fox said the portrayal of a Sikh soldier in the 1917 film was “forced diversity”, despite the fact that Sikh soldiers fought on the Western Front during World War I. In September 2020, Fox attracted funds for a new policy. party, provisionally called Reclaim, and nicknamed “UKIP for culture”. In October 2020, Fox announced it would boycott Sainsbury’s because they “support racial segregation and discrimination” in reference to the store establishing safe spaces for black employees, and called on others to do the same. Feeling “falsely treated as a racist”, he replied to several tweets reacting to this announcement by calling their authors pedophiles. Three of them are now suing Fox for defamation.
In March 2021, Fox announced he would be running in the London mayoral election, to “fight against extreme political correctness” and pledging to “end the Met’s obsession with diversity and inclusivity. “. His candidacy was endorsed by Reform UK, which stood aside for him in the election, and Nigel Farage. Fox’s biggest campaign fundraiser was Brexit support Jeremy Hosking, which in the first quarter of 2021 gave the Reclaim Party over $1 million in cash and services. Fox finished in sixth place with 47,634 votes (1.9%) in the mayoral election. He lost his £10,000 election deposit.
And now… a Viz cartoon character. Of course, some may think he has been one for years.