Eileen Atkins

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  • Birth Name: Eileen June Atkins
  • Birth Place: London, England
  • Profession: Actor, Screenwriter
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Fast Facts

  • At the urging of her parents, began tap-dancing and singing in bars in London's East End at the age of 7. 
  • Got her start with the Royal Shakespeare Company as an usher; made her Stratford debut as Peggy Ashcroft's understudy in As You Like It.
  • First big-screen role came with 1968 British drama Inadmissible Evidence.
  • Was co-creator, with Jean Marsh, of the landmark '70s British drama Upstairs, Downstairs, as well as the early-'90s BBC series The House of Elliott.
  • Has played author Virginia Woolf a number of times, including stage and TV adaptations of her one-woman show A Room of One's Own, as well as the play Vita and Virginia.
  • Was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2001.
  • Played Judi Dench's sister for the second time in British drama Cranford (2007); the first was in a 1959 BBC adaptation of the 1911 Arnold Bennett novel Hilda Lessways.

Awards

  • 1985, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 1995, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2004, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 1972, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 1967, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Nominee

Relationships

  • Arthur Thomas Atkins — Father
  • Julian Glover — Ex-husband
  • Bill Shepherd — Husband
  • Annie Ellen Elkins — Mother

College

  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, England

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  • Birth Name: Eileen June Atkins
  • Birth Place: London, England
  • Profession: Actor, Screenwriter