Eileen Atkins

Actor, Playwright, Screenwriter
Veteran British star of both stage and screen, Eileen Atkins rose from her working-class roots to become one of the most accomplished and decorated actresses to cross the Atlantic. Though not as well known across the ... Read more »
Born: 06/15/1934 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (47)

Magic in the Moonlight 2014 (Movie)

Aunt Vanessa (Actor)

Beautiful Creatures 2013 (Movie)

Gramma (Actor)

Upstairs, Downstairs 2010 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Scapegoat 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Robin Hood 2010 (Movie)

Eleanor of Aquitaine (Actor)

Wild Target 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ballet Shoes 2008 (Movie)

Madame Fidolia (Actor)

Cranford 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Chance Harvey 2008 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Evening 2007 (Movie)

The Night Nurse (Actor)

Miss Marple Series III 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ask the Dust 2006 (Movie)

Mrs Hargraves (Actor)

Scenes of a Sexual Nature 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Feast of the Goat 2006 (Movie)

Adelina (Actor)

Vanity Fair 2004 (Movie)

Aunt Matilda (Actor)

Cold Mountain 2003 (Movie)

Maddy (Actor)

What a Girl Wants 2003 (Movie)

Lady Jocelyn Dashwood (Actor)

Bertie and Elizabeth 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Het Pesten Et Budan Egy 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hours 2002 (Movie)

Barbara (in the flower shop) (Actor)

David Copperfield 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Gosford Park 2001 (Movie)

Mrs Croft (Actor)

Madame Bovary 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Women Talking Dirty 1999 (Movie)

Emily Boyle (Actor)

The Avengers 1998 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Cold Comfort Farm 1996 (Movie)

Judith Starkadder (Actor)

Jack and Sarah 1996 (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

Wolf 1994 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

A Room of One's Own 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Let Him Have It 1991 (Movie)

Lilian Bentley (Actor)

Roman Holiday 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Vision 1986 (Movie)

Helen Marriner (Actor)

Nelly's Version 1982 (Movie)

Nelly (Actor)

Oliver Twist 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dresser 1982 (Movie)

Madge (Actor)

Equus 1977 (Movie)

Hesther Saloman (Actor)

The Devil Within Her 1976 (Movie)

Sister Albana (Actor)

Inadmissible Evidence 1968 (Movie)

Shirley (Actor)

A Hazard of Hearts (TV Show)

Actor

Shades of Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

She Fell Among Thieves (TV Show)

Actor

Smiley's People (TV Show)

Actor

The Lost Language of Cranes (TV Show)

Actor

The Madonna of Medjugorje (TV Show)

Narrator

The Sleeper (TV Show)

Actor

Wit (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Mrs. Dalloway 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The House of Eliott 1992 - 1994 (TV Show)

Creator

Biography

Veteran British star of both stage and screen, Eileen Atkins rose from her working-class roots to become one of the most accomplished and decorated actresses to cross the Atlantic. Though not as well known across the pond as contemporaries Judi Dench or Helen Mirren, Atkins nonetheless thrived on the stage, earning numerous awards and nominations, especially for her several transformative performances as novelist Virginia Woolf. While acting remained her bread and butter, Atkins occasionally used her talents as a writer to create unforgettable television like the popular "Upstairs, Downstairs" (ITV, 1971-75), the acclaimed stage play "Vita & Virginia" (1994) and the well-regarded screenplay for "Mrs. Dalloway" (1997). All throughout her career, she remained in an unparalleled class, building a sterling résumé that eventually earned her a place in the Theater Hall of Fame in 1998. While her feature career remained relatively muted compared to her stage work - a few highlights like "Gosford Park" (2001) and "Cold Mountain" (2003) stood out - Atkins nonetheless established herself as an actress of unending verve and talent.

Relationships

Arthur Atkins

Father

Annie Atkins

Mother
Was 46 years old when Eileen was born

Ronald Atkins

Brother

Julian Glover Actor

Husband
Married 1957 Divorced 1966

Bill Shepherd Actor

Husband
Married Feb. 2, 1978

EDUCATION

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

London , England
Attended on scholarship

Latymer Grammar School

Milestones

2013

Cast as Emmaline 'Gramma' Duchannes in feature adaptation of young adult fantasy novel "Beautiful Creatures"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

2010

Cast as the King's mother Eleanor of Aquitaine in Ridley Scott's adaptation of "Robin Hood"

2010

Appeared on BBC reboot of "Upstairs, Downstairs"

2008

Co-starred with Judi Dench in BBC One series "Cranford" (aired on PBS in the U.S.); earned Golden Globe nomination for Supporting Actress

2008

Returned to London's West End to play Mrs Rafi in Edward Bond's "The Sea"

2007

Appeared in in Michael Cunningham's film adaptation of Susan Minot's novel "Evening"

2006

Co-starred with Colin Farrell in Robert Towne-directed adaptation of John Fante's Depression Era novel "Ask the Dust"

2006

Performed on Broadway in Pulitzer Prize-winning "Doubt" opposite Ron Eldard and Jena Malone

2003

Appeared in Anthony Minghella directed "Cold Mountain"

2003

Starred opposite John Lithgow in "The Retreat From Moscow"; received fourth Tony nomination

2001

Played the mentor to a college professor (Emma Thompson) stricken with terminal cancer in Mike Nichols' directed "Wit" (HBO)

2001

Cast as the head cook in Robert Altman directed period mystery "Gosford Park"

2000

Reprised role for off-Broadway production of "The Unexpected Man" opposite Alan Bates

1998

Cast in London production of "The Unexpected Man" opposite Michael Gambon

1998

Scripted film adaptation of Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway," starring Vanessa Redgrave

1995

Joined cast of Jean Cocteau's Broadway play "Indiscretions"; nominated for third Tony Award

1994

Appeared off-Broadway in "Vita and Virginia" opposite Vanessa Redgrave; also wrote

1989

Directed by Patrick Garland in one-woman show "A Room of One's Own," based on an essay by Virginia Woolf

1970

Co-created award-winning ITV series "Upstairs, Downstairs" with Jean Marsh

1968

Made feature film debut in "Inadmissible Evidence"

1966

Made Broadway debut in "The Killing of Sister George"; earned first Tony Award nomination

1964

Made U.S. stage debut in "Twelfth Night" at Ravinia Festival in Illinois

1962

Joined Old Vic Theatre Company

1959

Made British TV debut in "Hilda Lessways"

1957

Was member of Memorial Theatre Company, Stratford-on-Avon

1953

Made professional London stage debut in "Love's Labours Lost" at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park

1952

First stage appearance, "Harvey" at the Repertory Theatre in Ireland

Bonus Trivia

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Atkins was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1998.

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She was made Dame Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in June 2001.

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