‘Nanny McPhee’ Star Raphael Coleman Dies Aged 25

Ben PulsfordBen Pulsford in Entertainment, Film, News, UK
Published 10.02.20

Nanny McPhee star Raphael Coleman dies aged 25, confirms his mother, Liz Jensen

Raphael was an active member of Extinction Rebellion and looked after their social media accounts

The 25-year-old actor and activist, who famously played young Eric Brown in the film Nanny McPhee alongside Emma Thompson, passed away on Thursday 6th February 2020, after reportedly collapsing while out jogging.

He, sadly, could not be revived.

Raphael’s mum confirmed the sad news on Friday via Twitter

Hi mum, Liz Jensen confirmed the news on Twitter on Friday.

She 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.”

Extinction Rebellion paid tribute to him

Extinction Rebellion paid tribute to Coleman – who was an active and very public member of the group – the day after his death:

“This is incredibly sad news. 

“James ‘Iggy’ Fox passed away on 6 February. He was 25, had given up a career in science to join XR and fought hard for the cause, especially for Indigenous rights. 

“Iggy will be deeply missed by us all.”

Raphael’s stepdad opened up about his stepson’s death on Facebook

His stepdad, Carsten Jensen, took to Facebook to pay tribute to his stepson. In his lengthy and heartfelt post, Mr Jensen confirmed that Raphael had “no prior health problems”.

In his lengthy tribute to his stepson, Jensen wrote:

“He collapsed without prior health problems in the middle of a trip and could not be restored. I got to know Raph when he was six years old, and we were so close.”

Raphael Coleman starred in Nanny McPhee was he was 10

Raphael was most well known for starring alongside Emma Thompson in 2005’s family film, Nanny McPhee, when he was just 10 years old.

He then went on to star in the films It’s Alive, Edward’s Turmoil and The Fourth Kind in 2009, while still at school.

He quit acting at 18 to “save the planet”

According to his stepdad, Coleman then gave up acting to focus on becoming a scientist, so that he could “save the planet”. In his Facebook post, Mr Jensen explains how his stepson travelled around the world alone at 18 and “became a biologist, suited to a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, spent a year in Costa Rica’s jungle and six months in Indonesia, where he qualified for a certificate as a diver.”

More recently, Coleman became an active member of environmental group, Extinction Rebellion, under the name Iggy Fox.

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We are heartbroken to hear of the passing of an incredible young scientist, conservationist and activist known to us as Iggy Fox.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Iggy worked with Extinction Rebellion from our early days and has contributed a vast amount of wisdom, time and love to the movement. He was known amongst rebels for his kindness, warmth, determination and incredible commitment to the cause of climate, ecological and social justice.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ At the time of his passing, Iggy was working as part of an anti-poaching group in South Africa. We are deeply saddened by this tragic news – the global justice movement has lost a truly wonderful person. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We are forever grateful for everything that you did to raise awareness and protect our precious Earth and all the life it sustains.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Thank you for your inspiration Iggy. Your legacy lives through us all. ⁣⁣ __________⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Here are some words from Iggy’s mother: ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Beloved Raphael, beloved Iggy- ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ You were a force of nature, and now you are a new kind of force : you are atoms of chlorophyll, you are water, you are an ants nest, you are moss on a stone, a birds feather, a wolf’s paw print, a tiger, a tree, a praying mantis, a stingray, a squirrel. You are the sky and the sea and the forests and the mountains and the marshes and the deserts and everything in between. With your scientist’s and your writer’s eye, I think that’s how you’d see it.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ You didn’t believe in heaven because you knew heaven was here on Earth. You saw it clearly and you helped others see it. It’s all here. All we could ever wish for or need us is all around us.⁣ ⁣⁣ Let’s celebrate him, with love and rage in our hearts: love for him and for this planet , rage against the injustices and damage knowingly inflicted by its elected and non elected leaders.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ But mostly, love.

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Mr Jensen writes:

“Raph was one of the first and most active members [of Extinction Rebellion]. Under the name Iggy Fox, he controlled the group’s use of social media, spoke at demonstrations, and was arrested again and again.”

According to Mr Jensen, Raphael was due in court in April, after being “accused of painting the Brazilian Embassy with red when the Amazon jungle was standing in flames.”
Our thoughts go out to Raphael’s family and friends at this tremendously difficult time. 
Images via NBC Universal, Extinction Rebellion, Twitter and Getty