Eileen Atkins


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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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Gosford Park Mrs. Croft
(2001)
(2003)
What a Girl Wants Jocelyn Dashwood
(2003)
Robin Hood Eleanor of Aquitaine
(2010)

Filmography

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 2011-2019 Doc Martin (TV Series)
Ruth Ellingham
- Licence to Practice (2019) ... Ruth Ellingham
- Single White Bevy (2019) ... Ruth Ellingham
- Equilibrium (2019) ... Ruth Ellingham
- Wild West Country (2019) ... Ruth Ellingham
- Paint It Black (2019) ... Ruth Ellingham
 2017 Paddington 2
Madame Kozlova (as Dame Eileen Atkins)
 2017 Vikings: Wolves of Midgard (Video Game)
Narrator
 2017 Carnage
Dorothy
 2016 The Crown (TV Series)
Queen Mary
- Smoke and Mirrors (2016) ... Queen Mary
- Windsor (2016) ... Queen Mary
- Act of God (2016) ... Queen Mary
- Hyde Park Corner (2016) ... Queen Mary
- Wolferton Splash (2016) ... Queen Mary
 2016 ChickLit
Peggy Law
 2016 Vicious (TV Series)
Rosemary
- The Finale (2016) ... Rosemary (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
 2013 Beautiful Creatures
Gramma
 2012 The Scapegoat
Lady Spence
 2009-2011 Psychoville (TV Series)
Nurse Edwina Kenchington
- Andrews Nanotech (2011) ... Nurse Edwina Kenchington
- The Hunt (2011) ... Nurse Edwina Kenchington
- Dinner Party (2011) ... Nurse Edwina Kenchington
- Halloween Special (2010) ... Nurse Edwina Kenchington
- Ravenhill (2009) ... Nurse Edwina Kenchington
 2011 The Hours: The Lives of Mrs. Dalloway (Video short)
Excerpts read by (voice)
 2010 Tell Me (Short)
Dorothy
 2010 Upstairs Downstairs (TV Series)
Maud, Lady Holland
- The Cuckoo (2010) ... Maud, Lady Holland
- The Ladybird (2010) ... Maud, Lady Holland
- The Fledgling (2010) ... Maud, Lady Holland
 2010 Rosamunde Pilcher's Shades of Love (TV Series)
Violet Aird
- Family Secret (2010) ... Violet Aird
- A Healing Heart (2010) ... Violet Aird
 2010 Poirot (TV Series)
Princess Dragomiroff
- Murder on the Orient Express (2010) ... Princess Dragomiroff
 2010 Robin Hood
Eleanor of Aquitaine
 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 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
 2004 Vanity Fair
Miss Matilda Crawley
 2003 Cold Mountain
Maddy
 2003 Love Again (TV Movie)
Eva Larkin
 2003 What a Girl Wants
Jocelyn Dashwood
 2002 Gosford Park: Deleted Scenes (Video short)
Mrs. Croft
 2002 The Lives of Animals (TV Movie)
 2002 The Hours
Barbara in the Flower Shop
 2002 Bertie and Elizabeth (TV Movie)
Queen Mary
 2001 Gosford Park
Mrs. Croft
 2001 Wit (TV Movie)
Evelyn 'E.M.' Ashford
 2000 The Sleeper (TV Mini Series)
Violet Moon
 2000 David Copperfield (TV Movie)
Miss Jane Murdstone
 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 Alan Bennett's Talking Heads 2 (TV Mini Series short)
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
 1995 Cold Comfort Farm (TV Movie)
Judith Starkadder
 1994 Wolf
Mary
 1993 Performance (TV Series)
Mrs. May Maitland
- The Maitlands (1993) ... Mrs. May Maitland
 1991 The Lost Language of Cranes
Rose Benjamin
 1991 Let Him Have It
Lillian Bentley
 1991 A Room of One's Own (TV Movie)
Virginia Woolf
 1990 Chillers (TV Series)
Mrs. Waggoner
- The Stuff of Madness (1990) ... Mrs. Waggoner
 1988 Mountain Language (TV Short)
Elderly woman
 1988 Ten Great Writers of the Modern World (TV Mini Series documentary)
Reader / Virginia Woolf
- T.S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land' (1988) ... Reader
- Virginia Woolf's 'Mrs. Dalloway' (1988) ... Virginia Woolf
 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 A Better Class of Person (TV Movie)
Nellie Osborne
 1985 The Children's Rebellion (TV Movie)
 1985 Titus Andronicus (TV Movie)
Queen Tamora
 1983 The Dresser
Madge
 1983 Shades of Darkness (TV Series)
Mrs. Rutledge
- Bewitched (1983) ... Mrs. Rutledge
 1983 Nelly's Version (TV Movie)
Nelly
 1982 Smiley's People (TV Mini Series)
Madame Ostrakova
- The Rogue Elephant (1982) ... Madame Ostrakova
- Gathering Friends (1982) ... Madame Ostrakova
- The General's Big Fish (1982) ... Madame Ostrakova
- A Mother's Assistance (1982) ... Madame Ostrakova
 1982/I Oliver Twist (TV Movie)
Mrs. Mann
 1981 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
Stella Kirby
- Eden End (1981) ... Stella Kirby
 1981 Masterpiece Theatre: Sons and Lovers (TV Mini Series)
Gertrude Morel
- Episode #1.7 (1981) ... Gertrude Morel
- Episode #1.6 (1981) ... Gertrude Morel
- Episode #1.5 (1981) ... Gertrude Morel
- Episode #1.4 (1981) ... Gertrude Morel
- Episode #1.3 (1981) ... Gertrude Morel
 1978 BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Vanity Fair
- She Fell Among Thieves (1978) ... Vanity Fair
 1977 Equus
Hesther Saloman
 1977 Raku Fire
 1975 Sharon's Baby
Sister Albana
 1975 Affairs of the Heart (TV Series)
Kate Cookham
- Kate (1975) ... Kate Cookham
 1974 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Jean Rhys
- The Jean Rhys Woman (1974) ... Jean Rhys
 1974 The Lady's Not for Burning (TV Movie)
Jennet Jourdemayne
 1969-1974 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Electra / Titania / Olga / ...
- Electra (1974) ... Electra
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (1971) ... Titania
- The Three Sisters (1970) ... Olga
- The Heiress (1969) ... Catherine Sloper
 1974 The Lady from the Sea (TV Movie)
Ellida
 1973-1974 Jackanory (TV Series)
Storyteller
- The Long Winter: Part 6 - Seed Wheat (1974) ... Storyteller
- The Long Winter: Part 5 - Christmas (1974) ... Storyteller
- The Long Winter: Part 4 - No Trains (1974) ... Storyteller
 1972 Stage 2 (TV Series)
The Duchess of Malfi
- The Duchess of Malfi (1972) ... The Duchess of Malfi
 1971 Play for Today (TV Series)
Woman
- Playmates (1971) ... Woman
 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)
Liz
- Women Can Be Monsters (1968) ... Liz
 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 Undershaft
 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)
Norma / Kathy
- When the Wind Blows (1965) ... Norma
- 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
 1960-1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Girl / Nova / Janet / ...
- The Square (1961) ... Girl
- A Diabolic Liberty (1961) ... Nova
- Poor Sidney (1960) ... Janet
- The Essay Prize (1960) ... Eileen
 1961 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Miss Spinks / Ariadna Spinks
- Episode #1.446 (1961) ... Miss Spinks
- Episode #1.405 (1961) ... Ariadna Spinks
 1960 An Age of Kings (TV Mini Series)
Joan la Pucelle / Lady
- Part Nine: The Red Rose and the White (1960) ... Joan la Pucelle
 1959 Hilda Lessways (TV Series)
Maggie Clayhanger
- Episode #1.6 (1959) ... Maggie Clayhanger
- Episode #1.5 (1959) ... Maggie Clayhanger
- Episode #1.4 (1959) ... Maggie Clayhanger
- Episode #1.3 (1959) ... Maggie Clayhanger
- Episode #1.2 (1959) ... Maggie Clayhanger
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Tempest," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Alastair Sim, Robert Eddison, and Kerry Gardner in the cast. Oliver Neville was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Dame Eileen Atkins

Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Spouse:

Bill Shepherd  (his death) | See more »

Parents:

Arthur Thomas Atkins | Annie Ellen Atkins
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Personal Quote:

In England, as here, there are always two kinds of audiences: the Royal Shakespeare and the West End. In the last 10 years, audiences have been changed by television. One can tell: people don't concentrate and they expect lighter fare - and I do hate disappointing the audiences. One lady came up to me afterwards here, very complimentary, and then she said 'Well, this is terrible heavy.' And I ... See more »

Trivia:

She was will be replacing Tony Award-winner Cherry Jones' in the Pulitzer Award winning drama, "Doubt" with Ron Eldard in New York City. See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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