Emilia Fox plays social media phobic in new Hampstead Theater play – but in real life she says it’s ‘unbelievable’ | London Evening Standard


Milia Fox plays a social media stranger in her new role, but says away from the stage she finds it an “incredible” way to connect with her audience.

In Sex With Strangers, the Silent Witness star is a largely unnoticed novelist trapped in a snowy house with a blogger who shares his life online with millions of people.

The 42-year-old actress said it would be “naive” to think social media was positive for everyone, but her experience had been “lovely”. She added: “I was introduced to Twitter and Instagram and you think, ‘Why am I doing this? because I’m the kind of person who considers his life quite private. But I can see the benefits and I think it’s amazing on a professional level to be able to connect with people you wouldn’t otherwise be able to talk to.

Fox says his comedy co-star – Theo James, 32 – showed him another side of the story: technology and social media.

“But as soon as we did the reading I realized it was actually a love story and that took it to a whole new level because you want to see if the relationship can work out between those two.”

Sex with Strangers, Hampstead Theatre, from January 27 to March 4.

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