Until a few months ago, singer-songwriter Laurence Fox was best known as the character DS Hathaway in the ITV detective drama Lewis and for being part of a long and respected theatrical dynasty that includes his father James and cousin Emilia.
But then something changed, almost overnight. Suddenly, the 41-year-old Harrow-educated actor became better known for his forthright views on race, identity politics and ‘woke’ culture than his acting work, as a result of his appearance on BBC's "Question Time".
"As is often the case in these situations, I also attracted a very small and noisy minority of people who decided I needed to be "cancelled" - This caused a great deal of stress and anxiety in regards to my future".
Fox says," I believe wholeheartedly in freedom of speech and despite warnings to self censor, I have continued to voice what I believe to be fairly mainstream views". A great example to us all, not to be afraid to express our opinions for fear of what people may say, think or do in response.
As he sings in his song "Die on My Feet", "I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees".