Edit
Anna Chancellor Poster

Biography

Jump to: Overview (2) | Mini Bio (1) | Spouse (1) | Trivia (10) | Personal Quotes (4)

Overview (2)

Date of Birth 27 April 1965Richmond, Surrey, England, UK
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Anna Chancellor was born on April 27, 1965 in Richmond, Surrey, England. She is known for her work on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), The Dreamers (2003) and What a Girl Wants (2003). She was previously married to Nigel Willoughby.

Spouse (1)

Nigel Willoughby (1993 - 1998) (divorced)

Trivia (10)

Her eight-times great aunt is author Jane Austen.
The 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).
Anna'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.
She was nominated for the 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role of 1996 for her performance in "Stanley".
Trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, but left at the age of 21 when she became pregnant with her daughter, Poppy.
Once 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.
She 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.
She has one daughter, Poppy Chancellor, born in 1988. Her father is Scots poet Jock Scott.
She's twice a descendant of Mary Boleyn.
She's a descendant of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough.

Personal Quotes (4)

I 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".
I 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.
I do try and curb my mouth, but I find it really hard. I wonder how many jobs I've talked myself out of!
[referring to her character in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)] When I die, my obituary will probably be, "Duckface dies".

See also

Other Works | Publicity Listings | Official Sites | Contact Info

Contribute to This Page