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  • Is distantly related to both Jane Austen and Lord Byron.
  • Great-great grandfather was H.H. Asquith, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, making her a second cousin, once removed of Helena Bonham Carter.
  • Left the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts when she became pregnant with her daughter Poppy.
  • Met cameraman ex-husband Nigel Willoughby while filming for a beer commercial in 1993.
  • Met husband Redha Debbah when he was working as a cab driver and took her to the West End while she was performing in The Real Inspector Hound in 1998..
  • While appearing in an off-Broadway production of Creditors in 2010, became stricken with a case of viral meningitis and had to be rushed to the hospital by the play's director, Alan Rickman.


  • 2014, Olivier Awards — Best Actress: Nominee


  • Mary Alice Jolliffe — Mother
  • Kate — Sister
  • Isabel — Sister
  • Poppy Chancellor — Daughter
  • Cecilia Chancellor — Cousin
  • Eddy Chancellor — Brother
  • Jock Scott — Ex-significant Other
  • Dolly Wells — Cousin
  • Nigel Willoughby — Ex-husband
  • Redha Debbah — Husband
  • John Chancellor — Father


  • Attended London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, London, England

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  • Birth Place: Richmond, Surrey, England
  • Profession: Actor

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