Emmerdale's Liam Fox: Wife, children and reason for leaving soap revealed

18 August 2023, 10:56 | Updated: 18 August 2023, 11:21

Emmerdale actor Liam Fox: Inside his personal life with wife and children
Emmerdale actor Liam Fox: Inside his personal life with wife and children. Picture: ITV/ Liam Fox/ Instagram
Alice Dear

By Alice Dear

Emmerdale actor Liam Fox is married to a former co-star, has two children and was previously married to Hollyoaks' Myra McQueen.

Liam Fox, 53, is leaving Emmerdale after 12 years as his character, Dan Spencer, faces an eight-year prison sentence for killing his daughter's stalker with one punch.

The actor first appeared on the hit ITV soap in 2011, but said his goodbyes to The Dales this week as his character's storyline came to an end.

Away from his role on Emmerdale, Liam is a father-of-two and lives with his second wife, Joanna Hudson, and their two dogs following their wedding in 2020.

From his relationships, to his children and his role, here's everything you need to know about Liam Fox's life away from Emmerdale.

Liam Fox and his wife Joanna Hudson
Liam Fox and his wife Joanna Hudson. Picture: Liam Fox/Instagram

Who is Liam Fox's wife?

Liam Fox was married to Nicole Barber-Lane from 1999 to 2015. Nicole is famous for playing Myra McQueen on soap Hollyoaks.

The pair released a statement at the time of their split which read: "It is with much sadness that we confirm the end of our marriage, though our family unit remains strong.

"We'll always love and respect each other and are united by our children and family remaining at the centre of our lives."

Liam Fox's ex wife Nicole Barber-Lane pictured at the British Soap Awards, 2018
Liam Fox's ex wife Nicole Barber-Lane pictured at the British Soap Awards, 2018. Picture: Getty

In 2017, Liam found love again with actress Joanna Hudson, who he wed in 2020.

Joanna has starred in 97 Minutes, The Bromley Boys and Emmerdale for a short time in 1972.

Liam previously revealed that he had met Joanna back in 1993 for the first time, but that they "only truly found each other" in 2017.

They first met at University where they briefly dated.

Liam Fox and his wife pictured back in the 90s when they first met
Liam Fox and his wife pictured back in the 90s when they first met. Picture: Liam Fox/Instagram

Joanna has broken her silence on Liam's exit from Emmerdale, telling fans 'the secret is finally out!'

She shared a video of Liam's most memorable moments as Dan Spencer on her Instagram, writing: "Dan Spencer has left the building! The Secret is finally out and tonight it was revealed that Dan has been sent to prison for 8 years 😭..."

Does Liam Fox have children?

Liam Fox is believed to have two children who he shares with ex-wife Nicole Barber-Lane.

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Why is Liam Fox leaving Emmerdale?

Liam Fox has revealed he has left Emmerdale for a break as well as to explore other opportunities.

Writing on Instagram, he said: "Thank you @itv @itvxofficial @emmerdale for 12 years of incredible memories… I’ll miss you all, but for now at least it’s time for new adventureS… love you all! But I need this break, I need to face the fear! Who knows what the future holds!!!! ❤️❤️❤️."

Liam Fox's character Dan Spencer will face jail after killing his daughter's stalker with one punch
Liam Fox's character Dan Spencer will face jail after killing his daughter's stalker with one punch. Picture: ITV

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