The Lost Prince: Who's Who

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Emilia Fox

Jane Seymour came to the English court to serve Queen Katherine, but was pressed into service for Anne Boleyn when she rose in the King's favor and became his second wife. In 1536, when his disinterest in Boleyn grew, Seymour emerged as her replacement. Within 24 hours of Boleyn's execution, Seymour and Henry VIII were formally betrothed. On May 30, they were married. Henry would later claim that he loved Seymour above all others. Less than two months after their marriage, the Duke of Richmond, Henry Fitzroy, the King's bastard son by his mistress Elizabeth Blount, died at the age of 17, making it ever more important for Jane to bear a son. Early in 1537 Jane became pregnant. In October, Prince Edward was born. Two weeks later, Seymour died of an infection. Henry, who had already begun preparing his own tomb at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, made room there for his third wife, the only one of his wives to be buried beside him.

While still at Oxford University, actress Emilia Fox appeared in the BBC's Pride and Prejudice as Mr. Darcy's haughty sister. She went on to work with Jonathan Kent in Coriolanus and Richard II and most recently with Roman Polanski on the film The Pianist. She has also starred in Masterpiece Theatre's Shooting the Past as Spig, David Copperfield as Clara Copperfield, and Rebecca as Mrs. de Winter, a role her own mother, actress Joanna David, played in a 1979 version. Fox can be seen in the feature film Elizabeth Rex with Michael Gambon and Bob Hoskins.