Anna Theodora Chancellor
27 April 1965
Richmond, London, England
|Relatives||Edward Chancellor, brother|
Anna Theodora Chancellor (born 27 April 1965) is a British actress who has received nominations for BAFTA and Olivier Awards.
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. 
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".  In her early twenties she married the poet Jock Scot (1952–2016), with whom she had a daughter in 1988 while still studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She separated from Scot a few years later.  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),  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  and the model Cecilia Chancellor, a second cousin of the actress Helena Bonham Carter, and the great niece of Jane Austen eight generations removed.    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. 
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. 
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 .
She is a patron of the London children's charity Scene & Heard. 
|Denotes works that have not yet been released|
|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|
|Princess Caraboo||Mrs. Peake|
|1997||FairyTale: A True Story||Peter Pan|
|The Man Who Knew Too Little||Barbara Ritchie|
|2003||What a Girl Wants||Glynnis Payne|
|2004||Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London||Lady Josephine Kenworth|
|2005||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Questular Rontok|
|The Best Man||Dana|
|2006||Breaking and Entering||Kate|
|2007||St. Trinians||Miss Bagstock|
|2012||More Afraid of You||Lucy||Short film|
|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|
|This Beautiful Fantastic||Bramble|
|2017||Love of My Life||Grace|
|2018||The Happy Prince||Mrs Arbuthnot|
|Nativity Rocks!||Clara Hargreaves|
|2019||For Love or Money||Carol|
|2020||Come Away||Eleanor Murrow||Film|
|2022||Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris||Lady Dant|
|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|
|2002||The Real Jane Austen||Herself/host||TV special|
|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 |
|Trust||Penelope Kittson||5 episodes|
|2019||Death in Paradise||Ciss Dacre||Episode: "Frappe Death Day"|
|2019–2021||Pennyworth||Dr. Frances Gaunt||7 episodes|
|2020–2022||The Split||Melanie Aickman||Series 2-3 |
|2021||The Watch ||Lord Vetinari||Main role|
|2022||Hotel Portofino||Lady Latchmere||Main role|
|That Dirty Black Bag||Hellen||TV Series|
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