Judi Dench
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Daphne du Maurier
Vanessa Redgrave
(Movies & TV)
Matthew Rhys
(Movies & TV)
Michael Gambon
(Movies & TV)
John Osborne

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Eileen Atkins

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Eileen Atkins

English actress and occasional screenwriter add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1934.

Countries: United Kingdom (66%), United States (16%), UK (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Judi Dench, Daphne du Maurier, Vanessa Redgrave

Linked to: City University London, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, University of Oxford, Royal Shakespeare Company




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Eileen Atkins was born in 1934 add something


She appeared as the nurse in "Harvey" at the Repertory Theatre, Bangor, in 1952 add something


She joined the Guild Players Repertory Company in Bangor, Northern Ireland as a professional actress in 1952 add something


Eileen Atkins' London stage debut was in 1953 as Jaquenetta in Robert Atkins's staging of "Love's Labour's Lost" at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park add something


She has worked in the theatre, film, and television consistently since 1953 add something


Atkins was married to Julian Glover in 1957; they divorced in 1966 add something


She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1957 and stayed for two seasons add something


She appeared as Maggie Clayhanger in all six episodes of Arnold Bennett's "Hilda Lessways" from 15 May to 19 June 1959, produced by the BBC Midlands with Judi Dench and Brian Smith add something


John Osborne - "A Better Class of Person" was filmed by Thames TV in 1985 and was nominated for the Prix Italia with Eileen Atkins and Alan Howard as his parents and Gary Capelin and Neil McPherson as Osborne


Atkins was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1990 add something


She has been nominated for and received many professional awards and was created a CBE in 1990 and later a DBE in 2001 add something


Jean Marsh - Marsh and Eileen Atkins created a second television series "The House of Eliott", which was produced during 1991 and 1992


In 1995, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but has recovered add something


Sean Mathias - The latter transferred to the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway in 1995 as "Indiscretions", with Law joined by Kathleen Turner, Eileen Atkins, Roger Rees and Cynthia Nixon


In 1997, she wrote the screenplay for "Mrs Dalloway", starring Vanessa Redgrave add something


She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire on her 67th birthday, 16 June 2001 add something


Atkins was propositioned by Colin Farrell on location in 2004, shortly before she turned 70; she said the incident helped her pass that milestone far more easily than she otherwise would have expected add something


On 5 December 2005 she received the Degree of Doctor of Arts, "honoris causa", from City University London add something


Ron Eldard - On January 9, 2006 he debuted in the role of Father Flynn in the Tony *award and Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway production of "Doubt" opposite the British actress Dame Eileen Atkins


In the autumn of 2007, she co-starred with Judi Dench and Michael Gambon in the BBC1 drama series "Cranford" playing the central role of Miss Deborah Jenkyns add something


Andrew Buchan - In 2007, he appeared as Jem Hearne in the *award winning "Cranford", in a cast that included Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton and Eileen Atkins


This performance earned her the 2008 BAFTA award for best actress, as well as the Emmy award add something


Edward Bond - In Britain his plays are now regularly revived in community theatre and in 2008, he had his first West End production in a career of almost fifty years with Jonathan Kent's revival of "The Sea" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, with David Haig and Eileen Atkins


In 2009 Atkins played the evil Nurse Edwina Kenchington in the BBC Two black comedy "Psychoville" add something


Margaret John - Also in 2009, John appeared in "The Vagina Monologues", before which her last theatre production was in the 1980s in "Medea" at London's Young Vic Theatre, opposite Eileen Atkins


Natalie Cassidy - In 2009, Cassidy was seen in a supporting role in the BBC Two comedy TV series "Psychoville", alongside Dawn French and Eileen Atkins


In 2010 Atkins played Louisa in the dark comedy film, "Wild Target", with Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt and Rupert Grint add something


Atkins replaced Vanessa Redgrave as Eleanor of Aquitaine in the blockbuster movie "Robin Hood" starring Russell Crowe, which was released in the UK in May 2010 add something


On 23 June 2010 she was conferred the Degree of Doctor of Letters, "honoris causa," by Oxford University add something


Murder on the Orient Express - The original air date was 11 July 2010 in the United States, and it was aired on Christmas Day 2010 in the UK. The cast includes Dame Eileen Atkins as Princess Dragomiroff, Hugh Bonneville as Masterman, Jessica Chastain as Mary Debenham, Barbara Hershey as Mrs. Hubbard, Toby Jones as Rachett, and David Morrissey as Colonel Arbuthnot


In August 2011, it was revealed that Atkins had decided not to take part in the new series, due to be shown in 2012, because she was reportedly unhappy with the direction the scripts were taking add something


In September 2011, Atkins joined the cast of ITV comedy-drama series "Doc Martin" playing the title character's aunt, Ruth Ellingham add something


Atkins will star with Matthew Rhys in an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's "The Scapegoat", to be shown in 2012 add something


Atkins starred as Lady Spence with Matthew Rhys in an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's "The Scapegoat", shown in September 2012 add something


Michael Gambon - In 2012 he stars with Eileen Atkins in an adaptation of Beckett's radio play, "All That Fall"


She returned as Aunt Ruth for the show's 6th series in September 2013 add something


Atkins confirmed her status as national treasure in the UK by taking a guest role as 'Jacqui' in BBC Radio 4's long-running rural soap opera "The Archers" in September 2016: the jury member who persuades her fellow jurors - Twelve Angry Men-style - to acquit Helen Titchener of the attempted murder and wounding with intent of her abusive husband, Rob. add something


Florian Zeller - His play, "The Height of the Storm", starring Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins, opened in London's West End in September 2018 and has been named best play of the year by "The Guardian"