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 has an undergraduate degree in Clothing & Textile Design and a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture, with an emphasis on fashion history. When she’s not caught in paralyzing existential dread, she's drinking craft cocktails and writing about historical costume in film and television. She's been pissing people off on the internet since 1995.

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.