Anna Theodora Chancellor
27 April 1965
Richmond, London, England
Anna Theodora Chancellor (born 27 April 1965) is an English actress. She 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 owned land at Quothquan since 1432.
Chancellor was brought up in Somerset and educated at St Mary's School, Shaftesbury, 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 became the partner of the poet Jock Scot (1952–2016), with whom she had her daughter, Poppy Chancellor (born 1988), whilst 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 Wellsand the model Cecilia Chancellor, and a second cousin of the actress Helena Bonham Carter. 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.
|1990||Killing Dad or How to Love Your Mother||Barmaid|
|Jupiter Moon||Mercedes Page||TV series (50 episodes: 1990–1996)|
|1992||Inspector Morse||Sally Smith||TV series (1 episode: "Cherubim and Seraphim")|
|1993||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Virginie Mesnard||TV series (1 episode: "The Chocolate Box")|
|Comedy Playhouse||Julia||TV series (1 episode: "The Complete Guide to Relationships")|
|Century||Woman in Police Station|
|1994||Four Weddings and a Funeral||Henrietta ‘Duck Face’– Wedding Two|
|Tom and Viv||Woman|
|Princess Caraboo||Mrs. Peake|
|Ellington||Ally Stone||TV film|
|1995||Pride & Prejudice||Caroline Bingley||TV mini-series (6 episodes)|
|Kavanagh QC||Julia Piper||TV series (11 episodes: 1995–1997)|
|1996||Karaoke||Anna Griffiths||TV mini-series (4 episodes)|
|Cold Lazarus||Anna Griffiths||TV mini-series (3 episodes)|
|1997||FairyTale: A True Story||Peter Pan|
|The Man Who Knew Too Little||Barbara Ritchie|
|1999||The Vice||Dr. Christine Weir||TV series (5 episodes)|
|2000||Longitude||Muriel Gould||TV film|
|2001||The Cazalets||Diana Mackintosh||TV series (6 episodes)|
|2002||Tipping the Velvet||Diana Lethaby||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2003||Georgian Underworld||Narrator||TV series (1 episode: "Queer as 18th Century Folk")|
|What a Girl Wants||Glynnis Payne|
|Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie||Nicky Bowden||TV film|
|Fortysomething||Estelle Slippery||TV series (6 episodes)|
|2004||Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London||Lady Josephine Kenworth|
|Blue Dove||Maria Bishop||TV series (2 episodes)|
|Roman Road||Maddy Bancroft||TV film|
|2005||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Questular Rontok|
|The Best Man||Dana|
|A Waste of Shame: Shakespeare and His Sonnets||Anne Hathaway||TV film|
|Spooks||Juliet Shaw||TV series (15 episodes: 2005–2007)|
|2006||Breaking and Entering||Kate|
|Rebus||Amanda Morrison||TV series (1 episode: "Let It Bleed")|
|The Secret Life of Mrs Beeton||Elizabeth Dorling||TV film|
|Suburban Shootout||Camilla Diamond||TV series (11 episodes: 2006–2007)|
|2007||Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars||Irene Adler||TV film|
|St. Trinians||Miss Bagstock|
|Christmas at the Riviera||Diane||TV film|
|2008||My Family||Zelda Nobbs||TV series (1 episode: "Cards on the Table")|
|Agatha Christie's Marple : Murder Is Easy||Lydia Horton||TV film|
|2009||Law & Order: UK||Evelyn Wyndham||TV series (2 episodes)|
|Silent Witness||Chief Supt. Karen Somerville||TV series (2 episodes)|
|Miranda||Helena||TV series (Series 2 episode 4: "A New Low")|
|2011||Hustle||Wendy Stanton||TV series (1 episode: "As Good as it Gets")|
|Waking the Dead||Lucy Christie||TV series (2 episodes)|
|Lewis||Judith Suskin||TV series (1 episode: "The Gift of Promise")|
|Hidden||Elspeth Verney||TV series (4 episodes)|
|The Hour||Lix Storm||TV series (12 episodes)|
Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress
|2012||More Afraid of You||Lucy||short|
|Pramface||Janet Derbyshire||TV series|
|We'll Take Manhattan||Lucie Clayton||TV film|
|2013||A Touch of Cloth||Hope Goodgirl||TV series (2 episodes)|
|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||Animated, motion-captured, fan-made Machinima film|
|Inside No. 9||Elizabeth||Episode 1, "Sardines"|
|Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond||Second Officer Monday||TV series (4 episodes)|
|Penny Dreadful||Claire Ives||TV series (1 episode)|
|Downton Abbey||Lady Anstruther|
|Testament of Youth||Mrs. Leighton|
|Mapp and Lucia||Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas||TV series (3 episodes)|
|Shetland||Phyllis Brennan||TV series (4 episodes)|
|New Blood||Eleanor Davies||TV Series|
|Grantchester||Aunt Cece||Christmas special|
|Flowers||Aunty Viv||TV series (1 episode)|
|This Beautiful Fantastic||Bramble|
|2017||Love of My Life||Grace|
|The Crown||Lady Rosse|
|2018||Ordeal by Innocence||Rachel Argyll||TV series – 3 episodes|
|Trust||Penelope Kittson||TV Series – 5 episodes|
|The Happy Prince||Mrs Arbuthnot|
|Nativity Rocks!||Clara Hargreaves|
|2019||Death in Paradise||Ciss Dacre||TV series – 1 episode|
|For Love or Money||Carol|
|Timewasters||Victoria||TV series – 5 episodes|
|Pennyworth||Dr. Frances Gaunt||TV series – 7 episodes|
|2020||The Split||Melanie Aickman||TV series|
|Come Away||Eleanor Murrow||Film|
|2021||The Watch||Lord Vetinari||TV series|
Chancellor has played the role of Ann Smiley in BBC dramatisations of the John le Carré novels Call for the Dead ,Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy , The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People .
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