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Eileen Atkins


Eileen Atkins was born in a Salvation Army Women's Hostel in north London. Her father was a gas meter reader; her mother, a seamstress and barmaid. A drama teacher taught her how to drop her Cockney accent, and she studied Shakespeare and Greek tragedies. Her breakthrough role in "The Killing of Sister George" took her to Broadway. See full bio »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Cold Mountain
(2003)
Robin Hood
Robin Hood Eleanor of Aquitaine
(2010)
What a Girl Wants
What a Girl Wants Jocelyn Dashwood
(2003)
Cold Comfort Farm
Cold Comfort Farm Judith Starkadder
(1995)

Filmography

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 2016 The Crown (TV Series) (post-production)
Queen Mary
- Episode #1.2 (2016) ... Queen Mary
 2016 ChickLit
Peggy Law
 2016 Vicious (TV Series)
Dame Eileen Atkins
- The Finale (2016) ... Dame Eileen Atkins (voice)
 2015 Valentine's Kiss (TV Mini-Series)
Catherine Maier
- Episode #1.2 (2015) ... Catherine Maier
- Episode #1.1 (2015) ... Catherine Maier
 2014 Suite Française
Denise Epstein (uncredited)
 2014 Magic in the Moonlight
Aunt Vanessa
 2014 This Is Jinsy (TV Series)
Miss Penny
- Penny's Pendant (2014) ... Miss Penny
 2012 The Scapegoat
Lady Spence
 2010 Tell Me (Short)
Dorothy
 2010 Wild Target
Louisa Maynard
 2008 Last Chance Harvey
Maggie
 2007 Ballet Shoes (TV Movie)
Madame Fidolia
 2007 Cranford (TV Series)
Miss Deborah Jenkyns
- August 1842 (2007) ... Miss Deborah Jenkyns
- June 1842 (2007) ... Miss Deborah Jenkyns
 2007 Evening
The Night Nurse
 2007 Waking the Dead (TV Series)
Abigail Dusniak
- Yahrzeit: Part 2 (2007) ... Abigail Dusniak
- Yahrzeit: Part 1 (2007) ... Abigail Dusniak
 2007 Agatha Christie's Marple (TV Series)
Lady Tressilian
- Towards Zero (2007) ... Lady Tressilian
 2006 Ask the Dust
Mrs. Hargraves
 2005 The Feast of the Goat
Aunt Adelina
 2004 The Queen of Sheba's Pearls
School matron
 2003 Love Again (TV Movie)
Eva Larkin
 2002 The Lives of Animals (TV Movie)
 2002 The Hours
Barbara in the Flower Shop
 2002 Bertie and Elizabeth (TV Movie)
Queen Mary
 2002 Gosford Park: Deleted Scenes (Video short)
Mrs. Croft
 2001 Wit (TV Movie)
Evelyn 'E.M.' Ashford
 2000 The Sleeper (TV Mini-Series)
Violet Moon
 2000 Tales from the Madhouse (TV Mini-Series)
The Mourner
- The Mourner (2000) ... The Mourner
 2000 Madame Bovary (TV Movie)
Marie Louise
 1999 Women Talking Dirty
Emily Boyle
 1998 Talking Heads 2 (TV Mini-Series)
Celia
- The Hand of God (1998) ... Celia
 1998 The Avengers
Alice
 1997 A Dance to the Music of Time (TV Mini-Series)
Brightman
- Post War (1997) ... Brightman
 1995 Jack & Sarah
Phil
 1994 Wolf
Mary
 1993 Performance (TV Series)
Mrs. May Maitland
- The Maitlands (1993) ... Mrs. May Maitland
 1991 The Lost Language of Cranes
Rose Benjamin
 1990 Mistress of Suspense (TV Series)
Mrs. Waggoner
- The Stuff of Madness ... Mrs. Waggoner
 1988 Ten Great Writers of the Modern World (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Reader / Virginia Woolf
- T.S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land' (1988) ... Reader
 1987 Roman Holiday (TV Movie)
Countess
 1987 A Hazard of Hearts (TV Movie)
Lady Harriet's Maid
 1985-1987 Screen Two (TV Series)
Helen Marriner / Kitty Higdon
- The Vision (1987) ... Helen Marriner
- The Burston Rebellion (1985) ... Kitty Higdon
 1986 Breaking Up (TV Series)
Mrs. Mailer
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Mrs. Mailer
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Mrs. Mailer
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Mrs. Mailer
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Mrs. Mailer
 1985 Titus Andronicus (TV Movie)
Queen Tamora
 1985 A Better Class of Person (TV Movie)
Nellie Osborne
 1985 The Children's Rebellion (TV Movie)
 1983 Shades of Darkness (TV Series)
Mrs. Rutledge
- Bewitched (1983) ... Mrs. Rutledge
 1983 Nelly's Version (TV Movie)
Nelly
 1982/I Oliver Twist (TV Movie)
Mrs. Mann
 1981 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
Stella Kirby
- Eden End (1981) ... Stella Kirby
 1978 BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Vanity Fair
- She Fell Among Thieves (1978) ... Vanity Fair
 1977 Raku Fire
 1975 Sharon's Baby
Sister Albana
 1975 Affairs of the Heart (TV Series)
Kate Cookham
- Kate (1975) ... Kate Cookham
 1969-1974 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Electra / Titania / Olga / ...
- Electra (1974) ... Electra
- The Three Sisters (1970) ... Olga
 1972 Stage 2 (TV Series)
Duchess
 1969-1970 W. Somerset Maugham (TV Series)
Olive Hardy / Leslie Crosbie
- Olive (1970) ... Olive Hardy
- The Letter (1969) ... Leslie Crosbie
 1970 Solo (TV Series)
Mary Kingsley
- Eileen Atkins as Mary Kingsley (1970) ... Mary Kingsley
 1965-1969 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Woman / Mabel / The Girl / ...
- Wanted: Single Gentleman (1967) ... Mabel
- The Big Man Coughed and Died (1966) ... The Girl
- Fable (1965) ... Joan
 1968 The Sex Game (TV Series)
 1968 Half Hour Story (TV Series)
Her
- Nothing's Ever Over (1968) ... Her
 1968 Inadmissible Evidence
Shirley
 1968 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Eileen
- Party Games (1968) ... Eileen
 1966 Major Barbara (TV Movie)
Barbara
 1966 Five More (TV Series)
Girl
- Are You There? (1966) ... Girl
 1965 Knock on Any Door (TV Series)
Ruth
- Close Season (1965) ... Ruth
 1964-1965 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Kathy
- Goodnight to Heroes (1964) ... Kathy
 1964 The Massingham Affair (TV Series)
Charlotte Verney
- The Finishing Touch (1964) ... Charlotte Verney
- A Tangle of Lies (1964) ... Charlotte Verney
- Parting of the Ways (1964) ... Charlotte Verney
- The Breakthrough (1964) ... Charlotte Verney
- A Tradition of Justice (1964) ... Charlotte Verney
 1964 Z Cars (TV Series)
Grace Patchett
- A Stroll Along the Sands (1964) ... Grace Patchett
 1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Girl
- The Square (1961) ... Girl
 1961 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Miss Spinks / Ariadna Spinks
- Episode #1.446 (1961) ... Miss Spinks
- Episode #1.405 (1961) ... Ariadna Spinks
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Other Works:

The Killing of Sister George (1966). Comedy. Written by Frank Marcus. Directed by Val May. Belasco Theatre: 5 Oct 1966- 1 Apr 1967 (205 performances + 7 previews that began on 3 Oct 1966). Cast: Eileen Atkins (as "Alice 'Childie' McNaught") [Broadway debut], Lally Bowers (as "Mrs. Mercy Croft"), Beryl Reid (as "June Buckridge/... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Dame Eileen Atkins

Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)
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Personal Quote:

There's no such thing as a legend. Nearly everyone has forgotten Laurence Olivier. What's that dreadful word - 'dynasty', as in the Redgraves and Foxes? Acting is not in the blood - otherwise what are Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and I doing here? I'm the least well known, for a very good reason. Judi's an incredible actress who wouldn't be so popular if she hadn't been in As Time Goes By (1992). ... See more »

Trivia:

Appearing in "The Birthday Party" at the Duchess Theatre, London. See more »

Star Sign:

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