British actress Anna Chancellor was born on April 27, 1965 and is a descendant of famed author Jane Austen. She was educated at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, but she dropped out during her third year when she became pregnant.
One of her most memorable film roles is as Duckface in the comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral starring Hugh Grant. She has also appeared in Staggered as well as the comedies, The Man Who Knew Too Little starring Bill Murray and as Questular Rontok in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. On television, she starred in the 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice and 2002’s Tipping the Velvet. In 2005, she became part of the cast of the popular series Spooks, which aired on BBC One. The drama was called MI-5 in the USA, and Chancellor played the regular character Juliet Shaw. Some of the actress’ other television appearances include those in Jupiter Moon, Inspector Morse, Agatha Christie: Poirot, the miniseries Karaoke, and several episodes of Kavanagh QC. These came earlier on in her career, and she followed this up with many other projects. She starred in Heart in 1999, Crush in 2000 and played the character Glynnis Payne in the film What a Girl Wants starring Amanda Bynes. Chancellor has also been seen as a recurring character in Fortysomething and has been cast in numerous TV productions. She was in Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie, The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton, and Baker Street Irregulars. She was later given a role in Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, the romantic thriller Breaking and Entering, and in the romantic comedy The Best Man, starring Stuart Townsend and Seth Green. After a stint in Suburban Shootout, Anna Chancellor moved on to take on roles in the comedy St. Trinian’s, and the made-for-TV movie Christmas at the Riviera.
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