Freddie Fox, the actor who plays Margaret Thatcher’s son mark in the season four return of The Crown has once again indicated he might not be straight and that having a more ’rounded’ experience sexually is a real advantage in the arts.
Fox has portrayed androgynous 1980s pop star Marilyn in the 2010 Boy George biopic Worried About the Boy and Oscar Wilde’s lover Lord Alfred Douglas in David Hare’s play The Judas Kiss in 2012.
Amongst a growing catalogue of work, Fox also appeared in two breakout LGBTQ shows in 2015, Cucumber and Banana, made in Manchester, England, where his character Freddie Baxter is a twenty-something “twink” who deals with bi-sexuality, older men, family issues in an incredibly powerful and at times confronting performance.
At the time Fox said: “I’ve had girlfriends, but I wouldn’t wish to say ‘I am this or I am that’ because at some time in my life I might fall in love with a man.”
In an interview published by The Telegraph Fox has said he doesn’t regret saying it.
“I’m very interested in how the world is changing and how perceptions are changing,” Fox said.
“If you look at someone like Rupert Everett, he would say that talking about his sexuality really altered the course of his career.
“I think being able to say that you have a more rounded experience as a human being, whether it be through sexuality, or whatever, is now perceived as a real advantage.”
When asked if he thinks actors must be “feasibly heterosexual” to land leading man roles, Fox said: “I’m pretty sure that it’s becoming no.”
He added: “Heroes used to look and sound a certain way which was, you know, muscular, white and male. Heroes now are totally different, whether it be gender or sexuality, appearance, disability.”
Fox is one of the cast of the Netflix drama series that launched across the world yesterday.
The Crown’s new series dramatises Mark Thatcher’s disappearance in the Libyan Desert during the Paris-Dakar rally in 1982, the year Britain went to war for the Falklands. A mini-theme of the series suggests that spoilt sons turn into rotters.