Alan Cox (actor)

Alan Douglas Cox (born 6 August 1970) is an English actor. He is perhaps most widely known for portraying a teenage Dr. Watson in Barry Levinson's production Young Sherlock Holmes (1985).

Alan Cox
Alan Douglas Cox

(1970-08-06) 6 August 1970 (age 50)
Years active1976–present
Parent(s)Brian Cox (father)
Caroline Burt (mother)

Life and careerEdit

Cox was born in Westminster, London, and is the son of Scottish Emmy Award-winning actor Brian Cox and his first wife, actress Caroline Burt. Cox was educated at St Paul's School in London. He has a sister, Margaret, and two half brothers Orson Jonathan Cox and Torin Kamran Cox.

Cox portrayed the young John Mortimer the 1982 TV adaptation of his play A Voyage Round My Father, starring opposite Laurence Olivier. He is probably most widely known for his role in Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), where he played a teenage version of Dr. Watson. Other films include An Awfully Big Adventure (1995), Mrs. Dalloway (1997), and The Auteur Theory (1999). In 2011, Cox also co-starred as a nudist named Cory Beck in the independent comedy Act Naturally.

Cox is unmarried and has no children.



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