Fast Facts

  • Father went bankrupt when she was ten, leading the family to lose all their possessions.
  • Won a scholarship to the Elmhurst Ballet School at 13, but failed to get into the Royal Ballet School years later.
  • Enrolled at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in the 1960's.
  • Adopted the stage name David, taken from her mother's first name, Davida.
  • Big break was the BBC's Sense and Sensibility in 1971, after which she worked prolifically in costume dramas.
  • Married Edward Fox in 2004 after 33 years of living together.
  • Is a patron of the Pancreatic Cancer Action charity.
  • Is vice-president of the Theatrical Guild.
  • Contracted Ménière's disease in 2008.
  • Has been friends with Downton Abbey co-star Dame Maggie Smith for over four decades.


  • Freddie Fox — Son
  • Lucy — Stepdaughter
  • Davida Elizabeth Nesbitt Hacking — Mother
  • Edward Fox — Husband
  • Emilia Fox — Daughter
  • John Almond Hacking — Father


  • Birth Name: Joanna Elizabeth Hacking
  • Birth Place: Lancaster, England
  • Profession: Actor

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