WCW: Anna Chancellor


Tall, elegant, glamorous, actually related to Jane Austen, Anna Chancellor is everything I am not. And I cannot get enough of her!


Agatha Christie’s Poirot, “The Chocolate Box” (1993) – Virginie Mesnard

Agatha Christie's Poirot, "The Chocolate Box" (1993)


Pride and Prejudice (1995) – Caroline Bingley

Pride and Prejudice (1995)


The Cazalets (2001) – Diana Mackintosh

2001 The Cazalets


Tipping the Velvet (2002) – Diana Lethaby

Tipping the Velvet (2003)


Hysteria (2011) – Mrs. Bellamy

Hysteria (2011)


The Hour (2011-2013) – Lix Storm

The Hour (2011-2013)


Penny Dreadful, “Closer Than Sisters” (2014) – Claire Ives

Penny Dreadful 2014


Downton Abbey (2014) – Lady Anstruther

2014 Downton Abbey


Mapp & Lucia (2014) – Emmeline ‘Lucia’ Lucas

Mapp & Lucia (2014)


The Crown (2017-) – Lady Rosse

The Crown (2017-)


The Happy Prince (2018) – Mrs. Arbuthnott

The Happy Prince (2018)


What’s your favorite of Anna Chancellor’s historical costume movie and TV roles?

13 Responses

  1. Susan Pola Staples

    Caroline Bingley and Lady Anstruther. And when I see it Mrs Artbuthnot in The Happy Prince. I am going out on a limb and guessing from the title, The Happy Prince, is about Oscar Wilde as the title is one of his short stories.

  2. marthaeliza

    Princess Caraboo! Her role was small, but she ran with it.

  3. MoHub

    Not a period piece, but ever since Four Weddings and a Funeral, she will always be Duckface to me.

  4. Katie

    She was just in the latest BBC production of Ordeal by Innocence, but as the murder victim, so she doesn’t have a lot of screen time.

  5. Deronda

    She was also in Testament of Youth, as the mother of Kit Harington’s character.

    • LadySlippers

      I really liked that movie as a whole and she is great in it.

  6. Donnalee

    I have only ever known her as Duckface–I am glad she has not been typecast as such to the exclusion of all else!

  7. Gail

    I’d like to say Caroline Bingley, but I am going to say Liz from “The Hour” because there are may of us who wish it had a third season.

  8. Alys Mackyntoich

    I can no longer read Pride and Prejudice without seeing her as Caroline Bingley. She is the Alpha Bitch to end all Alpha Bitches in that role.

    • SarahV

      Absolutely. She is the canonical Caroline Bingley. The other characters can come go (mostly; although Jennifer Ehle is the One True Lizzie), but I have never seen a better Caroline Bingley.