Dorothy Perpetua Wells (born Gatacre; 5 December 1971) is a British actress and writer. She co-wrote and starred in the Sky Living series Doll & Em (2014–15) with best friend Emily Mortimer, and wrote and directed the 2019 comedy-drama Good Posture. Her other television work includes roles in Star Stories (2006–08), Some Girls (2012–14), Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy (2012–14), Blunt Talk (2015–16) and Dracula (2020).
Wells was born Dorothy Gatacre, in London, the last of six children. She is the daughter of the late comic actor John Wells and Teresa Chancellor, daughter of Sir Christopher Chancellor, general manager of Reuters from 1944–59. Wells grew up thinking her father was her stepfather, and did not find out he was her biological father until she was eighteen. She later changed her name from Gatacre—her mother's first husband was Edward Gatacre—to Wells. Her first cousin is the actress Anna Chancellor.She was educated in a Catholic convent school in London. While trying to build an acting career, she worked as a journalist at the Evening Standard and a book reviewer.Wells married photographer Mischa Richter in 2000 and they've been living in New York since 2014. They have a daughter, Elsie (b. 2002) and a son, Ezra (b. 2005). Both appeared with their mother in Doll & Em.
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The Stand In
Candy hired a stand-in to take her place when she was ordered to serve a year in rehab. In this hilarious comedy about trading places, a woman who is not well known is able to steal her identity, care...
The lives of everyone on the planet will be changed by science.
The year 1897. The Count is drawing a plan against London. The dead travel fast.
The Christmas Kid
The Christmas Kid stars Craig Roberts (Red Oaks, Submarine,) in a warm-hearted comedy from writer/director Jamie Adams (Black Mountain Poets), about a former child star who learns what’s really import...
After breaking up with her boyfriend, Lillian moves in with married couple Julia and Don only to overhear them arguing in the night. The front door slams as Don moves out, and the following days sees ...
Single mom Laura, along with her awkward 14 year-old son Henry is forced to drive Jack, her estranged, care-free pot dealing father across country after he's kicked out of yet another nursing home.
A woman is looking after her mother. The new guard gets a chance to prove her worth when she's tasked with accompanying a hell-raising inmate on an emergency furlough to visit her dying mother. The pa...
Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town
In order to crash her ex-boyfriend's engagement party, a woman at rock bottom must find her way across Los Angeles.
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
When a bestselling celebrity biographer is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.
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I Do... Until I Don't
In Vero Beach, Florida, a trio of couples at various points in their relationships become the subjects of a film about marriage being an antiquated idea that needs a remake.
The life of a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her.
In an anthology series, a hotel room where every guest comes to stay reveals a unique set of circumstances and quirks.
Narcolepsy, siblings, nudity, and senility combine for the best kind of road trip. Or do they? A comedic short with Olivia Wilde, Jakob von Eichel, Brian Corrigan and Dolly Wells.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
A zombie outbreak has hit the land in this remake of Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Mr and Elizabeth are ...
Bridget Jones's Baby
The author is single after the break-up of Mark andBridget. Jones decided to focus on her career as a news producer because she felt that she had everything under control. When she meets a handsome Am...
Black Mountain Poets
Two professional con artist sisters go on the run and assume the identities of The Wilding Sisters, guest stars of a poetry retreat in the depths of the Black Mountains. A romantic comedy drama about ...
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The planning for Kate Mercer's 45th wedding anniversary is going well and there is just one week left. The letter was sent to her husband. His first love was found in the glaciers of the Swiss Alps. F...
A British newscaster moves to Los Angeles with his alcoholic manservant and several failed marriages to host a sanctimonious talk show.
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Benny & Jolene
The trials and tribulations of the latest Indie Folk Star - Jolene.
Doll & Em
Doll & Em is a British comedy series starring real-life friends Emily Mortimer (Em) and Dolly Wells (Doll), filmed in the style of a reality TV show. After a break up, Doll heads to Hollywood to be wi...
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A tribe of Norse warriors traipse across a barren land after battle. Bloodied and wounded, their chief is near death. He is about to hand over power to his son when an army of a completely different k...
Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy
Luxury Comedy is a British sketch television series written and directed by Noel Fielding and Nigel Coan. Dolly Wells, Tom Meeten, and Michael Fielding are involved in the series. The guest stars incl...
Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life
Alan Partridge attempts a celebrity travelogue around his beloved Norwich.
Some Girls is a British comedy show. The stars of the show are Alice Felgate, Dolly Wells, Colin Salmon, and Jassa Ahluwalia. The first six episodes ran. The second series will premiere a week before ...
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Campus is a semi-improvised British sitcom created by the team behind the comedy sketch show Smack the Pony and hospital-based sitcom Green Wing, led by Victoria Pile who acts as co-writer, producer a...
The eccentric misfits who embody the foibles of modern culture are the subject of a satirical sketch comedy set and filmed in Portland, Oregon.
When a single father inadvertently becomes an MI5 agent, he must keep his government job a secret while battling his ex-wife for custody of their child.
Harry hates being a TV producer and dreams of leaving his job to travel the world. He loves Alex, an aspiring actor who is struggling to create an identity for himself as a performer. Rugby player Wil...
The tale of four souls, whose lives are intertwined by fate, romance and tragedy, is set between the parallel worlds of contemporary London and the futuristic faith dominated metropolis of Meanwhile C...
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The IT Crowd
Two people are the subject of a comedy show. nerds and their stupid female manager work in the basement of a successful company and are never treated with respect
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The Final Quest
Three old friends reminiscing. Hearing that a coffee bar they frequented in their youth is reopening with a rock 'n' roll theme, Dave, Charlie and Ronno decide to visit. The third film in the trilogy....
The plight of two Bosnian sisters and their descent into the dark world of prostitution. A British journalist is trying to uncover a conspiracy by American peacekeepers and the machinations of an inte...
I Capture the Castle
A love story set in 1930s England that follows a 17-year-old girl and her family as they struggle to survive in a decaying English castle. Dodie Smith's novel is the basis of the book.
Nobody Needs to Know
Bound together by the voice of Lamont, a young black man pushed by the constant surveillance of his everyday life to discover the real power is off-screen. Lamont uncovers a living and breathing New Y...
The Gathering Storm
A love story offering an intimate look inside the marriage ofWinston andClemente, during a particularly troubled, though little- known, moment in their lives.
On Christmas morning, Morvern Callar discovers that her troubled boyfriend has died by suicide, leaving behind a manuscript for his first novel and a sum of money intended to pay for his burial. Morve...
Bertie and Elizabeth
The duke of York, nicknamed Bertie, was born as royal 'spare heir', younger brother to the prince of Wales, and thus expected to spend a relatively private life with his Scottish wife Elisabeth Bowes-...
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Dinnerladies is a BBC sitcom written by and starring Victoria Wood that chronicles the antics of a group of workers in a canteen in the north of England. Bren tries to maintain a semblance of order in...
The Sea Change
Arrogant businessman Rupert Granger (Sean Chapman-"A Mighty Heart") is used to getting everything he wants... everything except Alison (Maryam d Abo-"The Living Daylights"). Rupert is determined to wi...
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A prisoner on death row in the US, a quiet English town, and a teacher trapped in a cellar cross paths in unexpected ways.
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