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


Pride and Prejudice (1995) – Caroline Bingley


The Cazalets (2001) – Diana Mackintosh


Tipping the Velvet (2003) – Diana Lethaby


Hysteria (2011) – Mrs. Bellamy


The Hour (2011-2013) – Lix Storm


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


Downton Abbey (2014) – Lady Anstruther


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


The Crown (2017-) – Lady Rosse


The Happy Prince (2018) – Mrs. Arbuthnott


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


About the author

Sarah Lorraine


Sarah discovered her dual passion for history and costume right around the age of twelve. Dragged kicking and screaming to her first Renaissance Faire at Black Point, she was convinced she was going to hate it, but to her surprise, she fell head over heels in love with the world of reenactment and dress up immediately. Her undergraduate degree is in Clothing & Textile Design, and she has a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture. When she’s not hauling crap to SCA events and ren faires, Sarah enjoys reading true crime books, writing fiction, and sewing historical clothing from the Middle Ages through the 20th-century. One of these days, she might even start updating her old costuming blog again.

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. MoHub

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

  3. 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.

  4. Deronda

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.


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