Dolly Wells

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Dolly Wells
Born (1971-12-05) 5 December 1971 (age 45)
London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997 – present

Dorothy Perpetua Wells (born Dorothy Perpetua Gatacre, 5 December 1971),[1] known as Dolly Wells, is a British actress and writer. She co-wrote and starred in the Sky Living series Doll & Em (2014–15) with best friend Emily Mortimer. Her other television roles include Star Stories (2006–08), Some Girls (2012–14), Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy (2012–14) and Blunt Talk (2015–16).

Personal life[edit]

Born Dorothy Gatacre, she is the daughter of the late comic actor John Wells. Her mother, Teresa, is daughter of Sir Christopher Chancellor, general manager of Reuters from 1944-59. Wells grew up thinking her father was her step-father and didn't find out he was her biological father until she was 18. She later changed her name from Gatacre (her mother's first husband was Edward Gatacre) to Wells. Her first cousin is the actress Anna Chancellor.[2]

Wells married photographer Mischa Richter in 2000. They have a daughter, Elsie (born 2002) and a son, Ezra (born 2005). Both appeared with their mother in Doll & Em.



Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Sea Change Jane
2001 Far on Foot Sophie Cartwirght Short film
Bridget Jones's Diary Woney
2002 Morvern Callar Susan
2003 Nobody Needs to Know Dolly Associate Producer
I Capture the Castle Fur Department Vendeuse
2008 Franklyn Nurse
2009 Mr. Right Fizz
2012 Tumult Tour Guide Short film
2014 Jolene: The Indie Folk Star Movie Rosamund
2015 Black Mountain Poets Claire
45 Years Charlotte
2016 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Mrs. Featherstone
2017 Home Again
I Do...Until I Don't Vivian
2018 Boundaries In post-production
Can You Ever Forgive Me? In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Bill Janet James 1 episode
1997; 2012 Casualty Josie Betts
2 episodes
1998 Dinnerladies Hannah 1 episode
Midsomer Murders Ava Rokeby 1 episode
1999 In the Name of Love Helen Walters TV Movie
Goodnight Sweetheart Celia Johnson 1 episode
2000 Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes Elspeth Scott 1 episode
2002 The Gathering Storm Sarah Churchill TV Movie
Bertie and Elizabeth Princess Mary
2003; 2008 Peep Show Paula 2 episodes
2004 The Final Quest Anthea TV Movie
Sex Traffic Sarah
Murphy's Law Susan Green 1 episode
2006 Doctors Claire Morris 1 episode
2006–2008 Star Stories Various Characters 12 episodes
2007 The Mighty Boosh Methuselah 1 episode
2007; 2010 The IT Crowd Miranda
2 episodes
2009 Comedy Showcase Lydia Tennant 1 episode
Free Agents Sarah 3 episodes
2009–2011 Campus Lydia Tennant 7 episodes
2011–2012 Spy Judith 16 episodes
2012 Starlings Annika 1 episode
Pramface Ante-natal instructress 1 episode
2012–2014 Some Girls Anna Hitchcock 18 episodes
Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy Various Characters 9 episodes
2013–present Doll & Em Dolly Creator
Associate Producer
2015–2016 Blunt Talk Celia Havemeyer 20 episodes


  1. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, vol. III, 2003, pg 3046
  2. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, vol. III, 2003, pg 3046

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