British actor Raphael Coleman was only eleven when he made his film debut with Eric Brown in 2005 in the U.K. as a red-haired actor. Nanny McPhee family film. Family film. Since 2009, Coleman took over the name Iggy Fox and became an environmental activist. Tragically, he died at the age of 25 on February 6, 2020.
How did he die?
His stepfather Carsten Jensen said, “He died during a trip without any previous health conditions and could not be recovered.”
In Nanny McPhee, one of Cedric Brown’s (Colin Firth) seven children were played by Raphael Coleman. Eliza Bennett played Tora Brown, another girl. Bennett responded to her ex co-stars passing, saying that the news was “heartbroken.”
I was so heartbroken to hear about Raphael (now James Iggy). After we worked on Nanny McPhee, he dedicated his life to protecting wildlife and fighting climate change. I’m honoured to have crossed paths him & my heart is with his family in this dark time. https://t.co/oHU0a1l3BE
— Eliza Bennett (@ElizaBennett) February 11, 2020
Raphael Coleman has been loaned to three more Nanny McPhee movies— It’s Alive, The Fourth Kind, and the Edward’s Turmoil short film. In 2009, all three were released. Throughout 2018, he explored his studies throughout zoology and world travel with The Adventures Ahead on being a wildlife biologist and worker in conservation.
He would have saved money to travel when he left school. He picked up a volunteer brochure in a travel agency, and a game reserve project in South Africa caught his eye. The first week he rocked up. He knew that he wanted to do that for the rest of my life. They drove to radio track elephant, cheetah and wild dogs. He couldn’t imagine it was a career option. He has never doubted my decision to work with wildlife since, but every year the goals are rising, nuanced and far-reaching. It wasn’t long before he began planning to save the natural world.
Raphael Koleman was also an active member of the Extinction Rebellion, a global climate activist group. Liz Jensen, his mother, confirmed his death on Twitter and linked him to an XR article he wrote.
Rest in peace my beloved son Raphael Coleman, aka Iggy Fox. He died doing what he loved, working for the noblest cause of all. His family could not be prouder. Let’s celebrate all he achieved in his short life and cherish his legacy https://t.co/qFRKPT7rRG
— Liz Jensen (@LizJensenWriter) February 7, 2020
This article concludes with an embedded video of Raphael Coleman / Iggy Fox talking about going from a kid to his most recent work.
The stepfather of Raphael Coleman, Carsten Jensen, paid the young man a long Facebook tribute, celebrating his love and legacy.
AT DØ UNGDer er vel ikke noget, der får en til at opleve døden som så uretfærdig og meningsløs, som når et ungt…
It’s hard to believe someone so young is already gone with so much passion. Film fans and their co-stars are always going to remember him beautifully from the Nanny McPhee movie of Emma Thompson, but the story of Raphael Coleman / Iggy Fox is much more profound. He’s going to be missed.