Laurence Fox – who is of course married to Billie Piper – has been telling What’s On TV all about his role as Jonathan Donald in ITV1 Christmas drama, Fast Freddie, The Widow and Me? which airs on Tuesday, December 27th.
In the yuletide offering, Laurence’s co-stars include Sarah Smart and Jack McMullen, who play the roles of widow Laura Cooper and ‘Fast Freddie’ Copeland respectively.
First, when asked what the drama’s about, and what his part in it is, Laurence said, “I play Jonathan Donald. He’s a car salesman or, as he calls it ‘an international broker of luxury automobiles’.
“He’s a complete tool! He gets caught drink driving and gets served a community service order.
“He has to help at The Moonbeam Club for young adults with behavioural problems – who he affectionately calls ‘window lickers.’
“And he gets struck by this young guy Freddie, who is terminally ill…”
WOTV asked, “What is it about Freddie that strikes him so much?” to which Laurence replied, “I think he reminds him of himself when he was younger, except Freddie doesn’t have anything at all – not even a family.
“Freddie is smart and quick-witted and Jonathan really feels for him. He decides to create a perfect Christmas for him – complete with a fake family!
“When Freddie’s real mum doesn’t want to know, Jonathan rents a mum instead, played by Tamzin Outhwaite.”
Laurence – who’s also starred in Inspector Morse spin-off Lewis and is the son of iconic actor James Fox – went on to explain that although there is some sadness in the story, primarily down to Freddie being terminally ill, it’s also a “feel good Christmas thing.”
He added, “It makes you laugh and cry. There’s a huge amount of feel good in it, but there’s no getting away from the fact that Freddie is terminally ill, which is hardly feelgood.
“But it’s really well put together. I had tears in my eyes when I was reading the script.”
And finally, when asked how he’ll be spending Christmas this year, Laurence said, “I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas, but my wife is…
“She’d have a Christmas tree out from August if she could!
“My idea of a perfect Christmas is a quiet one with my family and then later nipping over to the in-laws or my family for a bit of Boxing Day banter and, sometimes, physical assault, depending on how much we’ve all drunk!”
That sounds very familiar 😉