He was Harold MacMillan to the life on stage in Letter of Resignation (1998), and has done remarkable TV, including the indolent Harthouse in Hard Times (1977) and disreputable Uncle Giles in Dance to the Music of Time (1997). Perhaps best remember on TV for his consummate performance as Edward VIII in the television drama Edward and Mrs Simpson in 1980.
Never a major box-office attraction, Fox has matured into a dynamic character player, busy throughout the 1980s in such films as Never Say Never Again (1983), and Wild Geese II. In 1991, Fox could be seen by TV fans as King Richard in Robin Hood, the 'rival' production to Kevin Costner's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. He and Denholm Elliott transcend the average material in Return from the river Kwai (1988).
The Shooting Party (1984) demands special mention a classic british film in all senses of the word and describes the events as the sun sets on the aristocracy and on the British Empire, set in the microcosm of an English country estate. Fox has a field day playing the weak, tradition bound guest who can't abide being bested and Cheryl Campbell is terrific as his wayward wife. Edward has persevered in film and his career has spanned nearly forty years. During that period he went on to win three BAFTA's, including best supporting actor for The Go-Between in 1970, and 1977's A Bridge Too Far.
Once married to Tracy Reed; his partner of over 30 years is now Joanna David and their daughter is Emilia Fox, who appears with her father in 2003's Republic of Love.