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Also Known As: Dame Eileen Atkins, Eileen June Atkins Died:
Born: June 16, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, screenwriter, playwright

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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.

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.

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 Scapegoat, The (2012)
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 Robin Hood (2010)
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 Wild Target (2010)
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 Ballet Shoes (2008)
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 Evening (2007)
9.
 Ask the Dust (2006)
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1952:
First stage appearance, "Harvey" at the Repertory Theatre in Ireland
1953:
Made professional London stage debut in "Love's Labours Lost" at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
1957:
Was member of Memorial Theatre Company, Stratford-on-Avon
1959:
Made British TV debut in "Hilda Lessways"
1962:
Joined Old Vic Theatre Company
1964:
Made U.S. stage debut in "Twelfth Night" at Ravinia Festival in Illinois
1966:
Made Broadway debut in "The Killing of Sister George"; earned first Tony Award nomination
1968:
Made feature film debut in "Inadmissible Evidence"
1971:
Co-created award-winning ITV series "Upstairs, Downstairs" with Jean Marsh
1989:
Directed by Patrick Garland in one-woman show "A Room of One's Own," based on an essay by Virginia Woolf
1994:
Appeared off-Broadway in "Vita and Virginia" opposite Vanessa Redgrave; also wrote
1995:
Joined cast of Jean Cocteau's Broadway play "Indiscretions"; nominated for third Tony Award
1998:
Scripted film adaptation of Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway," starring Vanessa Redgrave
1998:
Cast in London production of "The Unexpected Man" opposite Michael Gambon
2000:
Reprised role for off-Broadway production of "The Unexpected Man" opposite Alan Bates
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"
2003:
Appeared in Anthony Minghella directed "Cold Mountain"
2003:
Starred opposite John Lithgow in "The Retreat From Moscow"; received fourth Tony nomination
2006:
Performed on Broadway in Pulitzer Prize-winning "Doubt" opposite Ron Eldard and Jena Malone
2006:
Co-starred with Colin Farrell in Robert Towne-directed adaptation of John Fante's Depression Era novel "Ask the Dust"
2007:
Appeared in in Michael Cunningham's film adaptation of Susan Minot's novel "Evening"
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"
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"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
2013:
Cast as Emmaline 'Gramma' Duchannes in feature adaptation of young adult fantasy novel "Beautiful Creatures"
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Education

Latymer Grammar School: -
Guildhall School of Music and Drama: London , England -

Notes

Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1998

Made Dame Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in June 2001.

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husband:
Julian Glover. Actor. Divorced.
husband:
Julian Glover. Divorced; Harris will not identify him, only admits he was much older.
husband:
Bill Shepherd. TV producer.

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father:
Arthur Thomas Atkins. Gas meter reader.
mother:
Annie Ellen Atkins. Seamstress. Was 46 years old when Atkins was born.
mother:
Annie Ellen Atkins. Composer. Twin of Harper.

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