Even after playing a variety of characters in dozens of films and television shows in more than 15 years, Anna Chancellor would always be remembered as Hugh Grant's unlucky fiancée, with an equally unfortunate nickname "Duckface", in the romantic dramedy Four Weddings and a Funeral. On television, the British actress is most known as Miss Bingley in the TV adaptation of the Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice and as Juliet Shaw on the BBC spy drama Spooks. Anna, born into an upper-family with political roots, spent her early childhood years in the English countryside of Sommerset before she was sent to boarding school at age seven. While there, she took elocution lessons and participated in improvisation sessions and school plays. After spending some time in a convent school, Anna and her elder sisters moved to London.
Chancellor had a brief stint as an artist's model before enrolling herself in the prestigious London Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). Although she had the passion for acting, Anna never found favor with her drama teachers and slowly lost her confidence in herself. By her third year and after becoming pregnant with her daughter Poppy, she finally dropped out of school. After a couple of years taking on odd jobs, Anna appeared in her first feature film as a barmaid in Killing Dad or How to Love Your Mother (1989). The following year, she made her television debut on the BSkyB soap opera Jupiter Moon. Following a few unremarkable roles on television, Chancellor landed the part of Henrietta, the second bride to be left by Grant's character on the altar, in Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994 and several other film projects that year.
During the next decade, Anna became a very busy actress with lead spots in British TV series such as Pride and Prejudice (1995), Kavanagh Q.C. (1995-1997), and FortySomething (2003) apart from the numerous roles she portrayed in made-for-TV movies and film. Chancellor is also an accomplished stage actress, performing in New York and London as a painter's wife in Pam Gem's Stanley and a late nineteenth-century lesbian in David Mamet's Boston Marriage. In 2005, she was introduced as National Security Coordinator Juliet Shaw on Series Four of Spooks. While recurring on the popular action-drama, Anna starred on another British show as Camilla Diamond, the head of an all-female/housewife gang, in the satirical black comedy Suburban Shootout. Since the two shows ended in 2007, Anna continued her work in film and on the London stage.… Expand
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|How I Live Now||Nov 8, 2013||Aunt Penn / Aunt Penn||7.3|
|Hysteria||May 18, 2012||Cast||6.0|
|Breaking and Entering||Dec 15, 2006||Kate||6.6|
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Apr 29, 2005||Questular Rontok||6.1|
|Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London||Mar 12, 2004||Lady Josephine Kenworth||4.1|
|The Dreamers||Feb 6, 2004||Mother||9.1|
|What a Girl Wants||Apr 4, 2003||Glynnis Payne||7.1|
|Crush||Apr 3, 2002||Molly Cartwright||8.4|