Sunday, 4 January 2015

She's Got Style! : Anna Chancellor

I've long been an admirer of Anna Chancellor, ever since seeing her play the hapless Duckface in Four Weddings and a Funeral way back in 1994. As she's grown older she's taken a range of interesting credits, especially in period dramas and she looks fabulous each and every time. She's like the perfect clothes horse for vintage fashions! 

One of the highlights of Christmas TV was Steve Pemberton's adaptation of E.F. Benson's Mapp and Lucia stories for the BBC in which she starred opposite the hilarious Miranda Richardson. This was witty, light and glorious entertainment, and Chancellor looked sublime in a series of 1930s fashions.

One of my favourite shows in recent years was BBC2's 1950s set drama The Hour which saw Chancellor play Lix Storm, the wonderful former war photojournalist and mother of the newsroom who was always ready with a bottle, a cigarette and a shoulder to cry on. I think, if memory serves, the inspiration for her look was Marlene Dietrich; those crisp trouser suits

She also played the inspiration behind Miss Moneypenny in the recent and somewhat naff mini series Fleming, looking fab in her Wren's uniform

Lastly, being a great British upper crust actress it;'s perhaps inevitable that she bagged a role in Downton Abbey, once again looking fab in 20s fashions


  1. It always throws me when I see her in anything modern, she's one of those actresses who seems to show up in period programmes. :-)

    1. Absolutely! She's the perfect clothes horse for period drama, she always looks so divine