Anna Chancellor has a lineage worthy of Tatler but has had to scrap to establish herself as one of our finest actors

Chancellor has come a long way since Four Weddings. The British actor talks motherhood, her new role in Mapp and Lucia, and why she shuns her aristocratic roots

Emilia Fox: The Silent Witness star on snoring corpses, and why her famous family won't be playing charades this Christmas

The 40-year-old actress was born into a renowned acting family and is best known for her role as Dr Nikki Alexander in the BBC drama

The Strictly Come Dancing 2014 contestants and their professional dance partners open the twelfth run of the celebrity ballroom contest

Strictly Come Dancing 2014: A look back at past winners from Alesha Dixon to Louis Smith

Caroline Flack is favourite to win this year's ballroom competition

Breaking Bad is not alone in being turned into a one-man show

Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Downtown have also been fast-forwarded

Past Apprentice winners Lee McQueen, Leah Totton and Ricky Martin

The Apprentice 2014: From Ricky Martin to Leah Totton - what past winners are doing now

Bianca Miller and Mark Wright will go head to head on Sunday night

Mirth mothers: Mums are no longer doomed to dud roles as Raised by Wolves and The Goldbergs prove

Once doomed to nagging bit-parts, mothers are beginning to steal the show in family sitcoms

Jennifer Saunders stars as Miss Windsor, Dennis's hysterical French teacher

Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas. He reveals to James Rampton that it is a fantasy of how he would have liked his own life to have been
Homer's 'Spiderpig' in The Simpsons is arguably one of the best moments of the past 25 years of the show

The Simpsons: Best moments from the past 25 years - as chosen by you

Happy birthday to Homer and co and thanks for a quarter-century of fun

Having a ball: Miranda Hart in an episode from the first series of 'Miranda' in 2009

Miranda: It's been such fun... or has it?

'Miranda' will bow out – clumsily, presumably – on Christmas Eve. And so it's the last chance to debate whether this was a trailblazing triumph for comedy – or an embarrassment that pandered to the worst kind of stereotypes about women

Syrian refugees in the Zaatari refugee camp

We Are All Refugees: The radio soap about displaced Syrians inspired by The Archers

The world's longest-running radio soap is one of the models for the everyday story of refugee folk, says its co-producer Charlotte Eager

Tom Burke & Marc Warren: 'We're cut from the same cloth: neither of us is ever going to be the loving father-next-door type'

The two actors are starring in the second series of 'The Musketeers' on BBC1

Sally Wainwright at the 'BAFTA' British Academy Craft Awards' The Brewery, London.

Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax creator Sally Wainwright on how to create TV gold

With three hit TV shows, Sally Wainwright is the envy of the biz. Here she reveals the secrets of her success

Now let me see ...Harry Hill as the chaotic protagonist of BBC1’s The Adventures of Professor Branestawm

Comedian Harry Hill on catching the acting bug after taking on his first TV drama role

Hill: 'Now I’ve got the taste for this acting lark, I’d love to play a baddie in The Bill or a surgeon in Downton Abbey – is that too much to ask?'

The cast of multi award winning drama Broadchurch attended the read-through for the second series of the drama in London.

Broadchurch series 2: David Tennant, Olivia Colman and cast share all the clues they can

Olivia Colman: 'I got to the point where I stopped going on trains and buses because everyone would ask who did it'

Jason Watkins as Christopher Jefferies

The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies Twitter reaction: 'I'm sorry now... I thought he did it'

Last night's drama has provoked guilt and mortification on social media as it sets the record straight about the man wrongly accused of Joanna Yeates' murder

Arts and Entertainment
Lorenzo Richelmy (L) and Zhu Zhu (R)

Review: Marco Polo
Arts and Entertainment
James Nesbitt in The Missing

Review: The Missing

Arts and Entertainment
Andre Lincoln plays Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead season five

Review: The Walking Dead mid-season finale

Arts and Entertainment

Review: Remember Me, BBC1

Arts and Entertainment
Matthew Bell in the new BBC series Posh People: Inside Tatler

Review: Posh People: Inside Tatler
Arts and Entertainment
Jason goes on a special mission for the queen

Review: Atlantis episode 2, BBC1

Arts and Entertainment
Hardened case: ‘Confessions of a Copper’ heard from Stephen Hayes

Review: Confessions of a Copper

Arts and Entertainment
Tony stares at the 'Daddy Big Ears' drawing his abducted son Oliver drew for him in The Missing

Review: The Missing, episode 4,
Arts and Entertainment
Greek mythological fantasy drama 'Atlantis' returns for the second series

Review: Atlantis, BBC1

Arts and Entertainment
The duo's Channel 4 satire on modern policing, Babylon

Review: Babylon, Channel 4

Arts and Entertainment
All over the shop: ‘Liberty of London’

Review: Liberty of London
Arts and Entertainment
The judges: Marcus Wareing, Gregg Wallace and Monica Galetti

Review: MasterChef: The Professionals

Arts and Entertainment
24 Hours in Police Custody (Channel 4)

Arts and Entertainment

Review: Doctor Who, Death in Heaven

Arts and Entertainment

Review: The Passing Bells

Arts and Entertainment
Portrait Artist of the Year, Sky Arts 1

Review: Sky Arts 1
Arts and Entertainment
Michelle Gomez and Peter Capaldi star in 'Doctor Who'

Review: Doctor Who, Dark Water

Arts and Entertainment
Creep show: Tim Cockerill in ‘Spider House’

Review: Spider House, BBC4

Arts and Entertainment
James Nesbit in The Missing on BBC 1

Review: The Missing, BBC1

Arts and Entertainment
Peter Connelly, known as Baby P, died in 2007

Review: Baby P: The Untold Story

The Independent
The Independent on Google+
i100 on Google+
i Newspaper
The Independent around the web
Latest stories from i100
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    Career Services

    Day In a Page

    Independent Travel
    Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
    Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
    Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn 7 nights from £939pp
    South Africa
    Prices correct as of 19 December 2014
    The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

    The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

    Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
    From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

    Panto dames: before and after

    From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
    Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

    Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

    Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
    Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

    Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

    Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
    The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

    The man who hunts giants

    A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
    The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

    The 12 ways of Christmas

    We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
    Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

    The male exhibits strange behaviour

    A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
    Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

    Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

    Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
    From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

    From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

    The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
    A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

    A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

    The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
    Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

    Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

    Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
    Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

    Rodgers fights for his reputation

    Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
    Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

    Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

    'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
    Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

    Michael Calvin's Last Word

    Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick