Laurence Fox: My favourite place in Britain – and the Greek island I visit every year

Laurence Fox knows Skiathos better than most - Andrew Crowley

The actor and musician on his love for Skiathos, adventurous times on the ski slopes, and falling off his motorbike.

I do enjoy a holiday

...so I try to have an annual one in Skiathos every year, which is lovely. It’s my most relaxing destination as I’ve been going with family for years, and now I take my own children. We go to a particularly beautiful beach with a restaurant at one end, and just hang out.

Skiathos: works every time Credit: MBBIRDY

I love snowboarding and skiing

...and have snowboarded in the States quite a lot. I was spoilt rotten on a recent ski trip to the Six Senses resort in Courchevel. I stayed in a self-catering apartment with a concierge and literally got off the plane, arrived at the resort, got fitted with boots and was on the slopes. It was my first time skiing for a while. The snow was great and it was a pretty perfect trip – except I dislocated my shoulder in a fall. 

The Six Senses resort in Courchevel Credit: MATT PORTEOUS

Oxford is my favourite

...filming location, where I spent many happy hours filming Lewis with Kevin Whately. The city looks all posh and lovely but look a tiny bit to the side and you see this rough and tumble side to it. The Old Bank in Oxford is my favourite hotel. 

Toronto was insane

...when we filmed Frankie Drake Mysteries there, because of the humidity and mosquitoes. I frequently take holidays during a shoot abroad as you often get periods where you aren’t filming. I love horses so I’ll do some riding, or I’ll hire a motorbike and go off and explore. I would love to work in New Zealand or Australia and almost did work in India but my schedule was too full at the time. Anywhere beautiful and exotic, yes please. 

My favourite place in Britain

...is in Kent, where I have a lovely cottage which a friend has done up for me. I head down when I can with the children – I need my sons with me for the perfect holiday. I like to be active, and I need an amazing book – something a bit heavy to get stuck into.

Charming Kent Credit: Getty

My earliest memory of travelling abroad

...was Leningrad (now St Petersburg) when I was three, and my brother was going on a slide and he got a nail in his leg, so my mother had to pull it out. I also remember being in India when I was four where my dad was filming A Passage to India. 

‘Bear Grylls: Mission Survive’

...in Costa Rica was the most adventurous thing I’ve done so far, followed closely by a motorbike trip through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara, where I had a bit of a tumble and fell off. I like an adventure every now and then. 

The Atlas Mountains Credit: ARTUR DEBAT

A trip to Australia was hell

We were flown first class and treated very well, which just made it worse as I felt guilty for not appreciating it. Hayman Island was pretty overrated. I remember staying in a hotel, which had a butler, and listening to British people argue over dinner. 

I worked as a safari driver

...for a while after I left school, in the Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru in Kenya and Ngorongoro in Tanzania. However, when I started I had no idea about wildlife and had to make it up as I went along. I persuaded them to swap me to drive the luggage van, thankfully. Staying at Tree Tops Jungle Lodge in Sri Lanka was another amazing experience, as elephants would come very close. 

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Belfast is amazing

...because of the way people have come to terms with all the things they have gone through while at the same time the city has rebuilt itself. It is inspiring.

The Wolseley in London

...is my choice every time for eating out. I am the father of two young children. I don’t do nightlife and I was never a nightlife sort of person. My idea of decent nightlife is to be with people I love so that can be anywhere. 

I am not a huge fan of Air France

...following a recent flight to Cape Town on its A380, which was quite pricey and I wasn’t impressed. British Airways does it better. 

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Find someone trustworthy

...who knows the area, is my best piece of travel advice. Explore, and eat local food – much better than hotel food. 

My best grooming tip

...is when on a long-haul flight, wake up before everyone else so you can get 15 minutes in the loo to freshen up. 

I used to drink a lot on the plane

...but not now, as I hate feeling rubbish when I wake up. Plus I’m a parent. If you are going to have a drink, do so before you get on. Have one after you board, then hydrate.

I always take

....my guitar on trips, plus hard copies of photos of my kids in case my phone runs out, my rollies and my favourite book. 

I’d love to go to

...Colombia some time. I may get time for a family break this year. 

Isla de Providencia, Colombia Credit: alamy

Laurence Fox will be appearing in ITV1’s Victoria later this year. See laurencefox.co.uk 

Interview by Roz Lewis