Downton Abbey star Anna Chancellor’s daughter Poppy dies aged 36 after a devastating leukemia diagnosis

British actress Anna Chancellor has announced that her 36-year-old daughter Poppy has died at the age of 36 as a result of complications from leukemia.

The family shared the heartbreaking statement via Poppy’s Instagram page, confirming her death after suffering from acute myeloid leukemia.

“To all of Poppy’s wonderful and beloved friends. “We send you this message with deepest love,” the family’s tribute began.

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“On September 29th, Poppy died, embraced as tightly as she wanted by her closest family.

“Despite all efforts, her body could no longer carry on. We will forever be grateful to her kind and caring nursing team at the Royal Marsden.

“So we, her family and friends who all adore her, join the other families who have lost loved ones far too young.

Anna Chancellor and her daughter Poppy. Credit: Tabatha firefighter/Getty Images
The family shared the heartbreaking statement via Poppy’s Instagram page, confirming her death. Credit: Poppy Chancellor

“We continue to pray and support her in every way we can to further her soul’s journey.

“Poppy was and is an incredible life force full of creativity, compassion, wit, beauty and pure uniqueness.

“She has changed our lives and we are extremely grateful.

“With all our love, Anna, Redha, Jonny and Tara.”

Poppy, an illustrator and paper-cutting artist, was the only child of the 58-year-old chancellor, best known for her roles in Downton Abbey, Four Weddings and a Funeral and What a Girl Wants.

Hugh Grant and Anna Chancellor in Four Weddings and a Funeral. Credit: Universal

Fans reacted to the news in the comments.

“Oh my god I’m stunned by this shocking news,” one said.

“I never met Poppy, but what she brought into the world brought me joy. What a bright and beautiful soul. It breaks my heart to hear that she’s not here. She definitely left an impression. Send love to everyone. Xxx,” wrote another.

Poppy shared her last Instagram update on August 27 – just a month before her death.

Poppy Chancellor shared this photo from when she received a stem cell transplant. Credit: Instagram / poppyspapercuts

The 36-year-old received a stem cell transplant in August and wrote at the time: “To my donor: You will never know.”

“A baby can’t agree – God bless you, my brother. I would have been 22 the day you were born. I donated the ribbon that binds me to you.”

In response to a comment, she explained that the stem cells came from a donated umbilical cord.

“There are only a select number of hospitals offering donations, which will hopefully change in the future. I think so many people would donate if they had the chance,” Poppy said.

Ahead of the stem cell transplant, the 36-year-old posted a dance video and wrote at the time: “Dancing is the best medicine.”

“I’m currently in hospital for the next month but here I was yesterday and the days leading up to my admission listening to some Craigy D and Garage classics.”

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Dustin Huang

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