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Date Of BirthApril 27, 1965
SpouseRedha Debbah, Nigel Willoughby
FactOnce famously shocked TV hosts Richard & Judy, the TV audience, and the ITV network bosses, when she uttered the 'f' word live on This Morning (1988) whilst being interviewed.

Anna Chancellor (born 27 April 1965) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Duckface in the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral, Henrietta “Hetty” Wainthropp in the 1996–1998 television series Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, and Olivia Manning in the 2002 miniseries The Forsyte Saga. She has also appeared in the films The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), St. Trinian’s (2007), and The Debt (2010).

Born in Richmond, Surrey, Chancellor was educated at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London and then at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She made her film debut in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), and her television debut in an episode of Inspector Morse (1993). She has since appeared in numerous films and television programmes. In 2010, she won a BAFTA Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Hazel Woodus in the BBC One drama series Poldark.

Chancellor has been married twice: first to actor Richard Ayoade from 2005 to 2006, and then to writer Benjamin Wood from 2010 to 2012. She has two sons, born in 2007 and 2009.

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Date Of BirthApril 27, 1965
Place Of BirthRichmond, United Kingdom
Height1.79 m
EducationLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art


SpouseRedha Debbah, Nigel Willoughby
ChildrenPoppy Chancellor
ParentsJohn Chancellor, Mary Alice Jolliffe


NominationsLaurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
MoviesThe Dreamers, Four Weddings and a Funeral, What a Girl Wants, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, How I Live Now, This Beautiful Fantastic, Testament of Youth, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, St. Trinian's, The Man Who Knew Too Little, The Carer, FairyTale: A True Story, Hysteria, Breaking...
TV ShowsPride and Prejudice, The Hour, Tipping the Velvet, Fortysomething, Spooks, Pramface, Suburban Shootout, Kavanagh QC, The Cazalets, New Blood, Mapp and Lucia, Jupiter Moon, The Vice, Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, Hidden, Longitude, Karaoke, Queen Victoria's Letters: A Monarch Unveiled

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1[referring to her character in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)] When I die, my obituary will probably be, "Duckface dies".
2I do try and curb my mouth, but I find it really hard. I wonder how many jobs I've talked myself out of!
3I was brought up with two sisters, so I do know about a three-way dynamic. It's a complex one, because it's easy for one to get left out and the others to gang up. In my family, we were all pretty up for it, but the dynamics would constantly change.
4I did become quite well known from Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), and it helped hugely. I wasn't as famous as Hugh Grant, but I certainly began to work. I couldn't complain. It got me jobs in the theatre. I went for endless auditions for tiny parts in obscure plays and never got one job, until I was in "Four Weddings".


1She's a descendant of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough.
2She's twice a descendant of Mary Boleyn.
3She has one daughter, Poppy Chancellor, born in 1988. Her father is Scots poet Jock Scott.
4She has twice lost Colin Firth to another woman in a film. First in Pride and Prejudice (1995) when, as "Caroline Bingley", she loses out to Jennifer Ehle's "Elizabeth Bennet". Then, in What a Girl Wants (2003) as "Glynnis Payne", she loses him to Kelly Preston's "Libby Reynolds". Her bad luck when it comes to landing film hubbies apparently began in 1994's Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), in which her "Henrietta" was jilted at the altar by terminal bachelor "Charles", played by actor Hugh Grant.
5Once famously shocked TV hosts Richard & Judy, the TV audience, and the ITV network bosses, when she uttered the 'f' word live on This Morning (1988) whilst being interviewed.
6Trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, but left at the age of 21 when she became pregnant with her daughter, Poppy.
7She was nominated for the 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role of 1996 for her performance in "Stanley".
8Anna's father was the great-grandson (maternally) of the 12th Earl of Winchilsea & Nottingham, who was himself the son of the 10th Earl of Winchilsea & Nottingham (two separate earldoms) by his *third* wife Fanny Margaretta Rice. Fanny Rice was herself the granddaughter maternally of one Edward Knight, of Chawton, Hants, and Godmersham, Kent, whose younger sister just happened to be one Jane Austen, novelist.
9The niece of journalist/commentator Alexander Chancellor, and the daughter of John Chancellor by his 1st wife Hon. Mary Joliffe, of the Lords Hylton (and herself a great-granddaughter of H.H. Asquith, formerly a Prime Minister and then 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith). So that means she is related to actress Helena Bonham Carter (also a great-granddaughter of Asquith - but via his elder daughter Violet, instead of his eldest son like Anna).
10Her eight-times great aunt is author Jane Austen.




The Vice1999TV SeriesDr. Christine Weir
The Man Who Knew Too Little1997Barbara Ritchie
FairyTale: A True Story1997Peter Pan
Kavanagh QC1995-1997TV SeriesJulia Piper / Julie Piper-Robinson
Cold Lazarus1996TV Mini-SeriesAnna Griffiths
Karaoke1996TV Mini-SeriesAnna Griffiths
Jupiter Moon1990-1996TV SeriesMercedes Page
Pride and Prejudice1995TV Mini-SeriesMiss Bingley
Ellington1994TV MovieAlly Stone
Princess Caraboo1994Mrs. Peake
Staggered1994Carmen Svennipeg
Tom & Viv1994Woman
Four Weddings and a Funeral1994Henrietta - Wedding Two
Century1993Woman in Police Station
Comedy Playhouse1993TV SeriesJulia
Agatha Christie's Poirot1993TV SeriesVirginie Mesnard
Casualty1992TV SeriesCelia Morton
Inspector Morse1992TV SeriesSally Smith
Killing Dad or How to Love Your Mother1990Barmaid
Love of My Life2016/Ipost-productionGrace
This Beautiful Fantastic2016Bramble
New Blood2016TV SeriesEleanor Davies
Flowers2016TV SeriesAunty Viv
Shetland2016TV SeriesPhyllis Brennan
The Carer2016/IMilly
Mapp & Lucia2014TV Mini-SeriesEmmeline 'Lucia' Lucas
Testament of Youth2014Mrs. Leighton
Downton Abbey2014TV SeriesLady Anstruther
Penny Dreadful2014TV SeriesClaire Ives
Pramface2012-2014TV SeriesJanet Derbyshire
Fleming2014TV Mini-SeriesSecond Officer Monday
Inside No. 92014TV SeriesElizabeth
Death Knight Love Story2014ShortMiria (voice)
Noël Coward's Private Lives2013Amanda Prynne
How I Live Now2013Aunt Penn
A Touch of Cloth2013TV SeriesHope Goodgirl
The Hour2011-2012TV SeriesLix Storm
We'll Take Manhattan2012TV MovieLucie Clayton
More Afraid of You2012ShortLucy
Hidden2011TV Mini-SeriesElspeth Verney
Hysteria2011Mrs. Bellamy
Inspector Lewis2011TV SeriesJudith Suskin
Waking the Dead2011TV SeriesLucy Christie
Hustle2011TV SeriesWendy Stanton
Miranda2010TV SeriesHelena
Law & Order: UK2009-2010TV SeriesEvelyn Wyndham
Silent Witness2010TV SeriesChief Supt. Karen Somerville
Critical Eye2010ShortLaura
The Transaction2009ShortThe Lady
Agatha Christie's Marple2008TV SeriesLydia Horton
My Family2008TV SeriesZelda Nobbs
Christmas at the Riviera2007TV MovieDiane
St. Trinian's2007Miss Bagstock
MI-52005-2007TV SeriesJuliet Shaw
Suburban Shootout2006-2007TV SeriesCamilla Diamond
Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars2007TV MovieIrene Adler
The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton2006TV MovieElizabeth Dorling
Rebus2006TV SeriesAmanda Morrison
Breaking and Entering2006Kate
A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His Sonnets2005TV MovieAnne Hathaway
The Best Man2005Dana
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy2005Questular Rontok
Roman Road2004TV MovieMaddy Bancroft
Blue Dove2004TV Mini-SeriesMaria Bishop
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London2004Jo Kenworth
Wilde Stories: The Nightingale and the Rose2003TV Movie
The Dreamers2003Mother
Fortysomething2003TV SeriesEstelle Slippery
Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie2003TV MovieNicky Bowden
What a Girl Wants2003Glynnis Payne
Georgian Underworld2003TV SeriesNarrator
Tipping the Velvet2002TV Mini-SeriesDiana Lethaby
The Cazalets2001TV SeriesDiana Mackintosh
Longitude2000TV MovieMuriel Gould
Heart1999Nicola Farmer


The One Show2014TV SeriesHerself / Mrs. Emmeline
Queen Victoria's Letters: A Monarch Unveiled2014TV Mini-Series documentaryQueen Victoria (voice)
My Life in Books2012TV SeriesHerself
The People Speak UK2010DocumentaryHerself
Antiques Master2010TV SeriesHerself - Voice Over (voice)
The Curse of the Hope Diamond2010TV MovieHerself (voice)
The 100 Greatest Sex Symbols2007TV Movie documentaryHerself - Narrator (voice)
Movie Connections2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Colin & Justin's Wedding Belles2006TV SeriesNarrator
Tammy Wynette: 'Til I Can Make It on My Own2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Don't Crash: The Documentary of the Making of the Movie of the Book of the Radio Series of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'2005Video documentaryHerself
Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
100 Greatest Sexy Moments2003TV Movie documentaryHerself - Narrator (voice)
The Real Jane Austen2002TV Movie documentaryHerself - Narrator
Richard & Judy2001TV SeriesHerself
Crush: Behind the Scenes2001Video documentary shortHerself / Molly
The Laurence Olivier Awards 19971997TV SpecialHerself
Perspectives on Pride and Prejudice1996Video documentaryHerself
For Love or Money1994TV Series documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Pride and Prejudice: A Turning Point for Period Drama2011Video documentary shortMiss Bingley (uncredited)
Pride and Prejudice Revisited2005TV Movie documentaryCaroline Bingley (uncredited)
Making of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'2005Video documentary shortQuestular Rontok (uncredited)
'Pride and Prejudice': The Making of...1999TV Movie documentaryMiss Bingley (uncredited)


Nominated Awards

2013Broadcasting Press Guild AwardBroadcasting Press Guild AwardsBest ActressPramface (2012)
2012BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Hour (2011)
2007Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actress - Comedy SeriesSuburban Shootout (2006)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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