Laurence Fox surprised social media followers on Monday morning by announcing his engagement.
The divisive actor turned activist, 43, confirmed his proposal to the previously unknown Arabella May Fleetwood Neagle in a Telegraph ad before sharing the news with his 305,000 Twitter followers.
Sharing a snip of the announcement, Fox – known for generating controversy on the social media platform – wrote: ‘She said yes.’
The short announcement was originally printed in Monday’s edition of the Telegraph with the words: ‘The engagement is announced between Laurence Paul Fox and Arabella May Fleetwood Neagle.’
She said yes: Laurence Fox surprised social media followers on Monday morning by announcing his engagement to the previously unknown Arabella May Fleetwood Neagle
Days earlier Fox posted a photo of himself sharing a kiss with what appeared to be a mystery blonde woman, her face obscured, while relaxing on an undisclosed beach.
The Instagram post, shared on New Year’s Eve, was uploaded without additional context and strongly suggested it was yet another online prank.
An earlier photo, shared in August, saw a head of messy blonde hair resting against the actor’s chest, although the photo may well have featured one of his sons.
Captioning the image, he wrote: ‘Luckiest man in the world.’
The actor was previously married to Secret Diary Of A Call Girl star Billie Piper for eight years, divorcing in 2007, and the pair have children Winston, 12, and nine-year-old Eugene.
While little is known about Arabella, she is believed to have accompanied Fox during a London rally last May on behalf of his ‘anti-woke’ political collective, the Reclaim Party.
Her Oxford educated father Paul is listed as Bursar and Clerk to the Governors at Woodford Green Preparatory School in London, where the Neagle family are understood to be based.
Sister Lucinda, a secondary school teacher, recently shared a family photo of herself with Arabella, brother Olivier, mum Kathryn and their father, taken during a family dinner.
Unexpected: The divisive actor confirmed his proposal in a Telegraph ad before sharing the news with his 305,000 followers
Family: (pictured left to right) Arabella May Fleetwood Neagle, sister Lucinda Neagle, brother Oliver Neagle, dad Paul Neagle and mum Kathryn Neagle
Divided: The news prompted an inevitably mixed response from followers on Twitter
Previously: An earlier photo, shared in August, saw a head of messy blonde hair resting against the actor’s chest, although the photo may well have featured one of his sons.
Fox has previously used his Twitter platform to rail against wokeness, entitlement, COVID vaccination and the Black Lives Matter Movement – pertinently the concept of taking the knee – prompting inevitable outrage and heated debate among followers.
His most recent controversy saw his Twitter account temporarily suspended over a post about Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy which read ‘Get kneeling, f*****s’ after news broke he was being charged with four counts of rape and sexual assault.
Fox – whose illustrious acting dynasty includes his father, James Fox – was dropped by his agent last year after an appearance on Question Time in which he rowed with an ethnicity lecturer over Meghan Markle.
The Fox acting dynasty: Who are Laurence Fox’s famous family?
Laurence Fox comes from a distinguished acting family. His sister Lydia and brother Jack (One of many in the family to have appeared in Midsomer Murders) are both actors.
Father James Fox is a film and TV actor who appeared in Performance, Death In Paradise, Downton Abbey and Midsomer Murders.
His uncle Edward’s impressive film CV includes Battle Of Britain, The Day Of The Jackal, A Bridge Too Far and Johnny English Strikes Again.
Edward’s first wife Tracy Reed appeared in Dr Strangelove and the original Casino Royale.
His second wife Joanna David has appeared in TV hits Colditz, Rumpole of the Bailey, Inspector Morse, Midsomer Murders and The Darling Buds of May.
Laurence’s other uncle Robert was once married to Natasha Richardson, herself from a famous acting dynasty.
Laurence’s cousins include Emilia, with movie hits such as The Pianist on her resumee, and TV actor Freddie
In good company: In May Fox was pictured at a Reclaim rally alongside an attractive blonde, thought to be Arabella
Back in January 2020, he accused Rachel Boyle, an academic at Edge Hill University on Merseyside, of ‘being racist’ after she called him ‘a white privileged male’ for denying the Duchess of Sussex was hounded from Britain for being mixed-race.
Their angry exchange began when Boyle said criticism of Meghan in the media had been motivated by ‘racism’, adding: ‘She’s a black woman and she has been torn to pieces.’
But Fox hit back, saying: ‘it’s not racism’ and continued: We’re the most tolerant, lovely country in Europe… it’s so easy to throw the charge of racism at everybody and it’s really starting to get boring’.
There she is: The young woman (pictured left) accompanied Fox as he took to the streets of London
As the row continued he quoted Martin Luther King’s 1963 ‘I have a dream’ speech about living in a nation where children ‘will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character’ on Twitter.
He said: ‘This is the position I took last night and I live by in life. If you can improve on it, I’m all ears. Or you can keep screeching ”Racist!” at me and I can carry on having a jolly good giggle at your expense. The tide is turning’.
In March this year the former actor launched a bid in London’s mayoral election, but won 47,634 votes placing him in sixth with 1.8 per cent of the vote.
Old times: The actor was previously married to Secret Diary Of A Call Girl star Billie Piper for eight years, divorcing in 2007
Family: The former couple share two children, sons Winston, 12, and nine-year-old Eugene (pictured with Winston in 2008)
Fox has also waded into the anti-vax row, insisting that he could remove his children from school because of his opposition to the Government’s Covid vaccination programme.
He said he would educate them at home rather than let them be vaccinated without his consent.
‘Every parent who loves their children should resist this insanity,’ said the actor-turned-political campaigner.
Controversy: Actor-turned-political campaigner Fox blasted social media giant Twitter after his account was temporarily suspended last year
Not happy: Fox’s Twitter account was suspended after his ‘provocative’ tweet that caused a furious backlash online
‘I will not be sending my kids back to school. I will educate my kids at home from now on.
‘The rushed vaccination of children, for no reason whatsoever, shows how deeply morally corrupt this regime has become. I look forward to reading with them at home and staying the hell away from the authorities.’
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Hitting out: On Question Time in January 2020 he accused Rachel Boyle, an academic at Edge Hill University on Merseyside, of ‘being racist’ after she called him ‘a white privileged male’
Laurence Fox’s QT highlights
On a being actor on flying around the world: ‘Yeah the carbon footprint is huge – but we make up for it by preaching to everyone else about how they should change their lives’.
On Meghan and Harry quitting: ‘I feel sorry for them, in a way, because it’s difficult when you have a young baby and all that but surely Harry should have had a chat with Meghan at some point and said: ‘By the way this is going to be misery and you don’t have to marry me if you don’t want to’.
And then they hop out and I think, can we have the cottage back and your HRHs? I do sympathise with them but there is a little bit of having your cake and eating it, which I don’t enjoy’.
On racism and Asian sex gangs: ‘We need to call out racism when it’s seen and stand together to condemn it – but for fear of sounding racist there have been series of horrific things happening in Manchester and other towns all across the north of England and we should be careful and not call someone racist because they don’t agree with you’.
On the north: ‘The people here are much nicer than anyone you’ll meet in London, ever’.
On the Labour leadership: ‘Hmmm, who should replace magic grandpa. Keir Starmer? He just looks like he can take Boris on. That the vibe I get’.
Shami Chakrabarti accused him of ignoring female candidates and he replied: ‘Oh God it’s not about women, jeepers creepers. Sorry, let me rewind. Any of the women. Is that better? Any woman. Because it’s really important what your gender is or what your sexuality is rather than what your policies are’.