Anna Chancellor

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Anna Chancellor
Born
Anna Theodora Chancellor

(1965-04-27) 27 April 1965 (age 57)
Richmond, London, England
OccupationActress
Years active1990–present
Children1
RelativesEdward Chancellor, brother

Anna Theodora Chancellor (born 27 April 1965) is a British actress who has received nominations for BAFTA and Olivier Awards.

Background and early life[edit]

Chancellor was born in Richmond, England to barrister John Paget Chancellor, eldest son of Sir Christopher Chancellor, and Mary Jolliffe, a daughter of Lord Hylton. The Chancellor family were Scottish gentry who had owned land at Quothquan since 1432.[1]

Chancellor was brought up in Somerset and educated at St Mary's School, Shaftesbury, which was a Roman Catholic boarding school for girls in Dorset, but left at sixteen to live in London, later describing her early years there as "quite wild".[2] In her early twenties, she became the partner of the poet Jock Scot (1952–2016), with whom she had her daughter, Poppy Chancellor (born 1988), while still studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She separated from Scot a few years later.[3] She got her first acting role on television playing Mercedes Page in Jupiter Moon, a BSkyB soap, then came a commercial for Boddingtons beer and a part in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994),[2] playing Henrietta (nicknamed "Duckface") opposite Hugh Grant.

Chancellor is a niece of the journalist Alexander Chancellor, a great-granddaughter of Raymond Asquith (son of the liberal prime minister H. H. Asquith), a first cousin of both the actress Dolly Wells[4] and the model Cecilia Chancellor, and a second cousin of the actress Helena Bonham Carter.[5][6] Chancellor herself has spoken of her lineage, stating:

You've worked hard all your life to be an actress, or whatever you've done, and that is what's presented to you. Don't you think that's embarrassing? I don't enjoy being quoted as saying that's who I am, because I don't feel that is who I am.[6]

Career[edit]

Chancellor played Julia Piper in series 1 to 3 of Kavanagh QC. She also played Caroline Bingley in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and Questular Rontok in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005). The same year, she joined the cast of BBC One television drama series Spooks as Juliet Shaw. She has also appeared in The Vice, Karaoke, Cold Lazarus, The Dreamers, Tipping the Velvet and Fortysomething, and had a leading role in the satirical black comedy Suburban Shootout. In 2011, she took a supporting role in the BBC thriller serial The Hour, for which she was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress.[7]

In 1997, she was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Stanley, and in 2013 she was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress for her part in Private Lives.

Charity[edit]

She is a patron of the London children's charity Scene & Heard.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Key
Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1990 Killing Dad or How to Love Your Mother Barmaid
1993 Century Woman in Police Station
1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral Henrietta ‘Duck Face’– Wedding Four
Tom and Viv Woman
Staggered Carmen Svennipeg
Princess Caraboo Mrs. Peake
1997 FairyTale: A True Story Peter Pan
The Man Who Knew Too Little Barbara Ritchie
1999 Heart Nicola Farmer
2001 Crush Molly Cartwright
2003 What a Girl Wants Glynnis Payne
The Dreamers Mother
Confused Short film
2004 Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Lady Josephine Kenworth
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Questular Rontok
Feeder Doctor Short film
The Best Man Dana
2006 Breaking and Entering Kate
2007 St. Trinians Miss Bagstock
2010 Critical Eye Laura
2012 More Afraid of You Lucy Short film
2011 Hysteria Mrs Bellamy
2012 More of You Lucy Short film
2013 How I Live Now Aunt Penn
Confessions of an Alien Abductee Narrator
Noël Coward's Private Lives Amanda Prynne
2014 Death Knight Love Story Miria Voice role
Testament of Youth Mrs. Leighton
2016 The Carer Milly
This Beautiful Fantastic Bramble
2017 Love of My Life Grace
2018 The Happy Prince Mrs Arbuthnot
Benjamin Tessa
Nativity Rocks! Clara Hargreaves
2019 For Love or Money Carol
2020 Come Away Eleanor Murrow Film
2022 Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris Lady Dant
2022 Stromboli Not yet released Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1990–1996 Jupiter Moon Mercedes Page 50 episodes
1992 Inspector Morse Sally Smith Episode: "Cherubim and Seraphim"
1993 Agatha Christie's Poirot Virginie Mesnard Episode: "The Chocolate Box"
Comedy Playhouse Julia Episode: "The Complete Guide to Relationships"
1994 Ellington Ally Stone TV film
1995 Pride & Prejudice Caroline Bingley Miniseries; 6 episodes
1995–1997 Kavanagh QC Julia Piper 11 episodes
1996 Karaoke Anna Griffiths Miniseries; 4 episodes
Cold Lazarus Anna Griffiths Miniseries; 3 episodes
1999 The Vice Dr. Christine Weir 5 episodes
2000 Longitude Muriel Gould TV film
2001 The Cazalets Diana Mackintosh 6 episodes
2002 Tipping the Velvet Diana Lethaby 2 episodes
2003 Georgian Underworld Narrator Episode: "Queer as 18th Century Folk"
Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie Nicky Bowden TV film
Fortysomething Estelle Slippery 6 episodes
2004 Blue Dove Maria Bishop 2 episodes
Roman Road Maddy Bancroft TV film
2005 A Waste of Shame: Shakespeare and His Sonnets Anne Hathaway TV film
2005–2007 Spooks Juliet Shaw 15 episodes
2006 Rebus Amanda Morrison Episode: "Let It Bleed"
The Secret Life of Mrs Beeton Elizabeth Dorling TV film
2006–2007 Suburban Shootout Camilla Diamond 11 episodes
2007 Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars Irene Adler TV film
Christmas at the Riviera Diane TV film
2008 My Family Zelda Nobbs Episode: "Cards on the Table"
Agatha Christie's Marple: Murder Is Easy Lydia Horton TV film
2009 Law & Order: UK Evelyn Wyndham 2 episodes
2010 Silent Witness Chief Supt. Karen Somerville 2 episodes
Miranda Helena Episode: "A New Low"
2011 Hustle Wendy Stanton Episode: "As Good as it Gets"
Waking the Dead Lucy Christie 2 episodes
Lewis Judith Suskin Episode: "The Gift of Promise"
Hidden Elspeth Verney 4 episodes
2011–2012 The Hour Lix Storm 12 episodes
Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress
2012–2014 Pramface Janet Derbyshire 14 episodes
2012 We'll Take Manhattan Lucie Clayton TV film
2013 A Touch of Cloth Hope Goodgirl 2 episodes
2014 Inside No. 9 Elizabeth Episode: "Sardines"
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond Second Officer Monday 4 episodes
Penny Dreadful Claire Ives 1 episode
Downton Abbey Lady Anstruther 1 episode
Mapp and Lucia Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas 3 episodes
2016 Shetland Phyllis Brennan 4 episodes
New Blood Eleanor Davies 7 episodes
Grantchester Aunt Cece Christmas special
Flowers Aunty Viv 1 episode
2017 The Crown Lady Rosse Episode: "Matrimonium"
2018 Ordeal by Innocence Rachel Argyll 3 episodes[9]
Trust Penelope Kittson 5 episodes
2019 Death in Paradise Ciss Dacre Episode: "Frappe Death Day"
Timewasters Victoria 5 episodes
2019–2021 Pennyworth Dr. Frances Gaunt 7 episodes
2020–2022 The Split Melanie Aickman Series 2-3[10]
2021 The Watch[11] Lord Vetinari Main role
2022 Hotel Portofino Lady Latchmere Main role
That Dirty Black Bag Not yet released TBA TV Series

Theatre[edit]

Audiobooks[edit]

Chancellor has played the role of Ann Smiley in BBC dramatisations of the John le Carré novels Call for the Dead,[14] Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,[15] The Honourable Schoolboy[16] and Smiley's People.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burke's Landed Gentry, eighteenth edition, vol. I, ed. Peter Townend, 1965, p. 130
  2. ^ a b Tim Lewis, Anna Chancellor: 'My life was chaotic. But it's turned out OK' dated 21 August 2011 at theguardian.com. Retrieved 23 October 2016
  3. ^ "Jock Scot, performance poet – obituary", in The Daily Telegraph online dated 15 April 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016
  4. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, vol. III, 2003, pg 3046
  5. ^ Jane Merrick, world's most elitist election. Hereditary peers will vote to fill the gap created by the death of Lord Ferrers dated 9 December 2012 at independent.co.uk. Retrieved 23 October 2016
  6. ^ a b Gerard Gilbert, Anna Chancellor has a lineage worthy of Tatler but... dated 20 December 2014 at independent.co.uk. Retrieved 4 October 2016
  7. ^ The Hour at IMDb
  8. ^ "Patrons & Founders – Scene & Heard". sceneandheard.org. 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  9. ^ Billen, Andrew (31 March 2018). "Ordeal by Innocence: the Christie Mystery that almost got away". The Times. No. 72497. Saturday Review. pp. 4–5. ISSN 0140-0460.
  10. ^ "Meet the cast of the Split series 2".
  11. ^ "New casting announced for TV adaptation 'The Watch'".
  12. ^ "Review of Private Lives". Time Out. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  13. ^ Masters, Tim (27 June 2014). "Anna Chancellor leads Royal Court revolution". BBC News. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  14. ^ "The Complete Smiley: Call for the Dead". BBC. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  15. ^ "The Complete Smiley: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy". BBC. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  16. ^ "The Complete Smiley – The Karla Trilogy, Book 2: The Honourable Schoolboy". BBC. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  17. ^ "The Complete Smiley - The Karla Trilogy, Book 3: Smiley's People". BBC. Retrieved 7 August 2020.

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