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      Anna Chancellor

      Anna Chancellor

      Highest Rated: 94% Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (2022)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Apr 27, 1965

      Birthplace: Richmond, England, UK

      One of those ubiquitous supporting players whose faces are instantly recognizable but whose names are rarely remembered, Anna Chancellor bolstered the casts of British films and television series for more than a quarter of a century. Breaking into notability in the mid 1990s with small screen projects like "Kavanagh QC" (ITV 1995-2001), Chancellor only grew more prominent a show business fixture with time. The years thereafter would run her through the genres of drama, romantic comedy, science fiction, and dark satire, proving that almost no corner of the cinematic or television world might aptly survive without her. Anna Theodora Chancellor was born in the town of Richmond in London, England on April 27, 1965. She hailed from an impressive family: her mother, the Hon. Mary Jolliffe, was herself a great granddaughter of Herbert Henry Asquith, the Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the early 1900s. This lineage also makes Chancellor a distant relative of actress Helena Bonham Carter. Her paternal bloodline traces her back to a number of Earls, as well as novelist Jane Austen. Chancellor kicked off her screen career with a central role on the sci-fi soap opera series "Jupiter Moon" (Galaxy Channel 1990). The program fell into oblivion following the demolition of its home network, leading Chancellor to pursue work elsewhere. Following a minor part in the comedy "Killing Dad or How to Love Your Mother" (1990) and a handful of one-off television appearances, Chancellor landed her first role of note: Henrietta (a.k.a. "Duckface") in the Hugh Grant rom-com "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994), a part that Chancellor herself credited with helping to get her career off the ground in earnest. Soon after, she would take on another of her best known roles: the prominent recurring character Julia Piper on the courtroom and interpersonal drama "Kavanagh QC" (ITV 1995-2001). Also at this time, Chancellor would go onto play Miss Bingley in a miniseries adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice" (BBC One 1995), and the character Anna Griffiths in the partnered miniseries "Karaoke" (BBC One/Channel 4 1996) and "Cold Lazarus" (BBC One/Channel 4 1996). The next several years would afford Chancellor more fortune in the realm of high profile cinema. She landed roles in the Bill Murray comedy "The Man Who Knew Too Little" (1997), the Colin Firth/Amanda Bynes family film "What a Girl Wants" (2003), the Bernardo Bertolucci period piece "The Dreamers" (2003), and the sci-fi comedy "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005). Chancellor juggled films, television programs, and stage productions of repute, starring notably in the dark satire series "Suburban Shootout" (Channel 5 2006-07), the TV movie "Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars" (BBC 2007) as iconic character Irene Adler, the romantic comedy film "Hysteria" (2011), and the thriller series "The Hour" (BBC Two 2011-12). In 2015, she began a recurring role as the Dowager Lady Anstruther on the esteemed television series "Downton Abbey" (ITV/PBS 2010-).

      Highest rated movies

      Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
      Four Weddings and a Funeral
      Benjamin
      Testament of Youth
      Longitude
      The Happy Prince
      The Carer
      How I Live Now

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      Anna Chancellor THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, Anna Chancellor, Sam Rockwell, 2005, (c) Touchstone WHAT A GIRL WANTS, anna Chancellor, Amanda Bynes, Kelly Preston, 2003, (c) Warner Brothers ST. TRINIAN'S, from left: Anna Chancellor, Celia Imrie, Colin Firth, 2007. ©NeoClassics Films AGENT CODY BANKS 2: DESTINATION LONDON, Frankie Muniz, Anna Chancellor, 2004, (c) MGM AGENT CODY BANKS 2: DESTINATION LONDON, Anna Chancellor, 2004, (c) MGM WHAT A GIRL WANTS, James Greene, Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Anna Chancellor, Christina Cole, 2003, (c) Warner Brothers WHAT A GIRL WANTS, Anna Chancellor, Jonathan Pryce, 2003, (c) Warner Brothers CRUSH, from left: Andie MacDowell, Anna Chancellor, Imelda Staunton, 2001. ©Sony Pictures Classics AGENT CODY BANKS 2: DESTINATION LONDON, James Faulkner, Anna Chancellor, 2004, (c) MGM FAIRY TALE: A TRUE STORY, Anna Chancellor as Peter Pan, 1997, © THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, Anna Chancellor, Vogan Commander Kwaltz, 2005, (c) Touchstone FAIRY TALE: A TRUE STORY, from left: isabel Rocamora, Anna Chancellor as Peter Pan, 1997, © Paramount The Hour, Anna Chancellor, 'Series 2', 11/28/2012, ©BBCAMERICA The Hour, Anna Chancellor, 'Series 1', 07/19/2011, ©BBCAMERICA The Hour, from left: Anna Chancellor, Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, Dominic West, 07/19/2011, ©BBCAMERICA The Hour, from left: Anna Chancellor, Joshua McGuire, Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, Lisa Greenwood, 07/19/2011, ©BBCAMERICA The Hour, from left: Anna Chancellor, Burn Gorman, Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, Oona Chaplin, 'Series 1', 07/19/2011, ©BBCAMERICA

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 76% Stromboli Diane (Character) - 2022
      94% 93% Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris Lady Dant (Character) $10.3M 2022
      29% 53% Come Away Eleanor Morrow (Character) $106.1K 2020
      No Score Yet 69% For Love or Money Carol (Character) - 2019
      90% 78% Benjamin Tessa (Character) - 2018
      72% 51% The Happy Prince Mrs. Arbuthnott (Character) $464.5K 2018
      0% 38% Nativity Rocks! Unknown (Character) - 2018
      17% No Score Yet Love of My Life Grace (Character) - 2017
      67% 60% The Carer Milly (Character) - 2016
      63% 74% This Beautiful Fantastic Bramble (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Grantchester, Christmas Special Aunt Cece (Character) - 2016
      84% 78% Testament of Youth Mrs. Leighton (Character) $1.8M 2014
      66% 55% How I Live Now Aunt Penn (Character) $60.1K 2013
      No Score Yet 50% We'll Take Manhattan Lucie Clayton (Character) - 2012
      60% 54% Hysteria Unknown (Character) $1.8M 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marple: Murder Is Easy Lydia Horton (Character) - 2008
      32% 55% St. Trinian's Miss Bagstock (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 53% The Baker Street Irregulars Unknown (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Christmas at the Riviera Diane (Character) - 2007
      34% 52% Breaking and Entering Kate (Character) $929.0K 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Suburban Shootout Unknown (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 51% The Best Man Dana (Character) - 2005
      60% 65% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Questular Rontok (Character) $51.0M 2005
      No Score Yet 40% A Waste of Shame Anne Hathaway (Character) - 2005
      13% 31% Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Lady Josephine Kenworth (Character) $23.2M 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Roman Road Unknown (Character) - 2004
      60% 78% The Dreamers Mother (Character) $2.5M 2003
      36% 62% What a Girl Wants Glynnis Payne (Character) $36.0M 2003
      No Score Yet 89% Tipping the Velvet Unknown (Character) - 2002
      36% 57% Crush Molly (Character) $1.1M 2001
      83% 84% Longitude Unknown (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heart Nicola Farmer (Character) - 1999
      37% 69% The Man Who Knew Too Little Barbara Ritchie (Character) $13.8M 1997
      92% 74% Four Weddings and a Funeral Henrietta - Wedding Two (Character) $49.3M 1994
      No Score Yet 38% Staggered Carmen Svennipeg (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inspector Morse: Cherubim & Seraphim Sally Smith (Character) - 1992

      TV

      Credit
      50% 44% Fifteen-Love And Woodward (Character) 2023
      94% 68% Ordeal by Innocence Rachel Argyll (Character) 2018 2023
      No Score Yet 55% Hotel Portofino Lady Latchmere (Character) 2022-2023
      80% 78% That Dirty Black Bag Hellen (Character) 2022
      76% 91% The Split Melanie Aickman (Character) 2020 2022
      No Score Yet 83% Timewasters Lady Victoria (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Portrait Artist of the Year Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 83% Death in Paradise Ciss Dacre (Character) 2019
      78% 79% Trust Penelope Kittson (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Antiques Road Trip Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Wives, One Husband Narrator 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet New Blood Eleanor Davies (Character) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mapp and Lucia Emmeline `Lucia' Lucas (Character) 2014-2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Queen Victoria's Letters: A Monarch Unveiled Voice of Queen Victoria (Character) 2014
      87% 93% Downton Abbey Lady Anstruther (Character) 2014
      No Score Yet 76% Pramface Janet Derbyshire (Character) 2013-2014
      57% No Score Yet Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond Second Officer Monday (Character) 2014
      100% 90% Inside No. 9 Unknown (Character) 2014
      88% 87% The Hour Lix Storm (Character) 2011-2012
      No Score Yet 50% Hidden Unknown (Character) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spooks Juliet Shaw (Character) 2005-2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fortysomething Unknown (Character) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tipping the Velvet Diana Lethaby (Character) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cazalets Diana Mackintosh (Character) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Vice Unknown (Character) 1999
      88% 96% Pride and Prejudice Miss Bingley (Character) 1995