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Occupation  Actress
Height  1.79 m
Role  Actress

Name  Anna Chancellor
Years active  1990–present
Children  Poppy Chancellor
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Born  27 April 1965 (age 50) (1965-04-27) Richmond, London, England
Spouse  Redha Debbah (m. 2010), Nigel Willoughby (m. 1993–1998)
Parents  John Chancellor, Mary Alice Jolliffe
Movies and TV shows  The Hour, Four Weddings and a Fu, The Dreamers, What a Girl Wants, Tipping the Velvet
Similar People  Christina Cole, John McKay, Kevin Macdonald, David Bamber, Dennie Gordon

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Anna Theodora Chancellor (born 27 April 1965) is an English actress of film, television and theatre. She has received nominations for BAFTA and Olivier Awards.

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Background and early life

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The daughter of John Chancellor and Mary Jolliffe, a daughter of Lord Hylton, 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". She became the partner of the poet Jock Scot (1952–2016), and in her early twenties had a daughter, Poppy, 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 and a part in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), playing "Duckface" opposite Hugh Grant.

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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 the model Cecilia Chancellor and a second cousin of the actress Helena Bonham Carter.

Career

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Chancellor had a prominent role in the series Kavanagh QC. She has also been noted for her work as Caroline Bingley in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and as Questular Rontok in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005). The same year, she joined the cast of the popular BBC One television drama series Spooks as a new regular character, 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 received a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role nomination for her performance in Stanley and in 2013 an Olivier Award for Best Actress nomination for her part in Private Lives.

Charity

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

Theatre

  • Boston Marriage, Donmar Warehouse – March–April 2001; Donmar in the West End – November 2001 – February 2002
  • Mammals at the Oxford Playhouse and touring – Lorna, January 2006
  • Never So Good, National Theatre – summer 2008
  • The Observer, National Theatre – spring 2009
  • The Last of the Duchess, Hampstead Theatre – October–November 2011
  • Private Lives (playing Amanda), Chichester Festival Theatre, September 2012, and the Gielgud Theatre, London (July–September 2013)
  • The Wolf From the Door, Royal Court Theatre, September–November 2014
  • The Seagull by Anton Chekhov at National Theatre – summer 2016
  • Audiobooks

    Chancellor has played the role of Ann Smiley in a BBC dramatisation of the John le Carre novels The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People.

    References

    Anna Chancellor Wikipedia


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