Eileen Atkins Biography (1934-)

Born June 16, 1934, in London, England; daughter of Arthur Thomas and Annie Ellen (maiden name, Elkins) Atkins; married Julian Glover (an actor; divorced); married Bill Shepherd (a television producer), 1977. Education: Attended Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Addresses: Agent-- Jonathan Altaras Associates, 2 Goodwin's Ct., London WC2N 4LL, England. Career: Actress and writer. Awards, Honors: Evening Standard Award, best actress, 1965; Antoinette Perry Award nomination and EveningStandard Award, best actress, both 1967, for The Killing of Sister George; Drama Desk Award, outstanding performance, Antoinette Perry Award nomination, and Variety Award, all 1972, for Vivat! Vivat Regina!; Drama Desk Award, best featured actress in a play, 1978, for The Night of theTribades; British Academy Award nomination, best supporting actress, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1983, for The Dresser; British Academy Award, 1985; Olivier Award, Society of West End Theatre, 1988, forCymbeline; named Commander, Order of the British Empire, 1990; Drama Desk Award, best solo performance, 1991, for A Room of One's Own; Evening Standard British Film Award, best screenplay, 1997, for Mrs.Dalloway. Addresses: Agent: Jonathan Altaras Associates, 2 Goodwin's Ct., London WC2N 4LL, England.

Actress, writer
Birth Details
June 16, 1934
London, England

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Mrs. Pankhurst, In My Defence,1990
  • Miniseries
  • Madame Ostrakova, Smiley's People, syndicated, 1982
  • Reader, The Modern World: Ten Great Writers,1988
  • Narrator, China Rising: The Epic History of Twentieth Century China,1992
  • Dr. Emily Brightman, A Dance to the Music of Time,1997
  • Celia, "The Hand of God," Talking Heads 2, BBC, 1998
  • Movies
  • The Big Man Coughed and ...(also known as The Wednesday Play: The Big Man Coughed and ...), BBC, 1966
  • Mrs. Mann, Oliver Twist, CBS, 1982
  • Countess, Roman Holiday, NBC, 1987
  • Martha, A Hazard of Hearts, CBS, 1987
  • Judith Starkadder, Cold Comfort Farm, BBC, 1995
  • Specials
  • Maggie, Hilda Lessways, BBC, 1959
  • An Age of Kings, BBC, 1960
  • Olga, The Three Sisters(also known as Play of the Month: The Three Sisters), BBC, 1969
  • Titania, A Midsummer Night's Dream(also known as Play of the Month: A Midsummer Night's Dream), BBC, 1971
  • Jennete Jourdemayne, The Lady's Not for Burning, PBS, 1974
  • The Lady from the Sea,1974
  • Electra,1974
  • "She Fell among Thieves," Play of the Week, BBC-2, 1978
  • Queen Tamora, Titus Andronicus(also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus), BBC-2, 1985
  • Narrator, The Madonna of Medjugorje, PBS, 1988
  • A Room of One's Own,1990
  • Rose Benjamin, "The Lost Language of Cranes," Great Performances,PBS, 1992
  • Marie Louise, Madame Bovary, PBS, 2000
  • Episodic
  • Appeared in Tales(also known as Patricia Highsmith's Tales and Cadavres exquis), Antenne 6.
  • Other Television Appearances
  • Kitty Higdon, The Burston Rebellion, BBC, 1985
  • The Stuff of Madness, Harlech Television, 1990
  • The Maitlands,1993
  • Jane Murdstone, David Copperfield,2000
  • Also appeared in Breaking Up and Shades of Darkness.
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Creator (with Jean Marsh), Upstairs, Downstairs, London Weekend Television, 1971-75 broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1974-77
  • Creator (with Marsh), The House of Elliott, BBC, 1991-94 Arts andEntertainment, 1992 BBC, 1994
  • Film Appearances
  • Shirley, Inadmissible Evidence, Paramount, 1968
  • Sister Albana, The Devil within Her(also known as The Baby,I Don't Want to Be Born, It's Growing inside Her, The Monster, and Sharon's Baby), American International Pictures, 1975
  • Hester Solomon, Equus, United Artists, 1977
  • Raku Fire,[Canada], 1977
  • Madge, The Dresser, Columbia, 1983
  • Nelly, Nelly's Version, Channel 4 Films, 1983
  • The Vision,[Great Britain], 1987
  • Lilian Bentley, Let Him Have It, Fine Line Features, 1991
  • Mary, Wolf, Columbia, 1994
  • Judith Starkadder, Cold Comfort Farm(theatrical release of the BBCtelevision movie), Gramercy Pictures, 1995
  • Phil, Jack and Sarah, Gramercy Pictures, 1995
  • Alice, The Avengers, Warner Bros., 1998
  • Women Talking Dirty,1999
  • Stage Appearances
  • Nurse, Harvey, Repertory Theatre, Bangor, Ireland, 1952
  • Jacquenetta, Love's Labour's Lost, Open Air Theatre, London, England, 1953
  • Beattie, Roots, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1960
  • The girl, The Square, Bromley Theatre, London, 1961
  • Viola, Twelfth Night, Old Vic Company, 1962
  • Lady Anne, Richard III, Old Vic Company, 1962
  • Miranda, The Tempest, Old Vic Company, 1962
  • Eileen Midway, Semi-Detached, Saville Theatre, London, 1962
  • Lady Brute, The Provok'd Wife, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1963
  • Juliette, Exit the King, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland,then Royal Court Theatre, London, 1963
  • Viola, Twelfth Night, Ravinia Festival, 1964
  • Ophelia, Hamlet, Ravinia Festival, 1964
  • Alice "Childie" McNaught, The Killing of Sister George, Old Vic Theatre, then Duke of York's Theatre, London, 1965 later Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1966
  • Joan Middleton, The Restoration of Arnold Middleton, Royal Court Theatre, 1966
  • Lika, The Promise, Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1967
  • Celia Coplestone, The Cocktail Party, Chichester Festival, Chichester, England, then Wyndham's Theatre, later Haymarket Theatre, both London, 1968
  • Joan Shannon, The Sleeper's Den, Royal Court Theatre, 1969
  • Elizabeth I, Vivat! Vivat Regina! Chichester Festival, then Picadilly Theatre, London, 1970 later Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1972
  • Title role, Suzanna Andler, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1973
  • Rosalind, As You Like It, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1973
  • Hesione Hushabye, Heartbreak House, National Theatre Company, OldVic Theatre, 1975
  • Joan of Arc (title role), Saint Joan, Old Vic Theatre, 1977
  • Marie Caroline David, The Night of the Tribades, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Viola, Twelfth Night, Old Vic Theatre, 1978
  • Jennet Jourdemayne, The Lady's Not for Burning, Old Vic Theatre, 1978
  • Title role, Mary Barnes, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1980
  • Nell, Passion Play, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1981
  • Mrs. Hitchcock, Sergeant Musgrave's Dance, Old Vic Theatre, 1984
  • Title role, Medea, Young Vic Theatre, London, 1986
  • Let Us Go Then, You and I: The Life and Poetry of T.S. Eliot, Lyric Theatre, London, 1986
  • Eileen O'Shaugnessy, Tuesday's Child, Stratford East Theatre, London, 1986
  • Marie, Thursday's Ladies, Apollo Theatre, London, 1987
  • Paulina, The Winter's Tale, National Theatre Company, Cottesloe Theatre, then Olivier Theatre, both London, 1988
  • Queen, Cymbeline, National Theatre Company, Cottesloe Theatre, then Olivier Theatre, both 1988
  • Elderly woman, Mountain Language, Lyttelton Theatre, London, 1988
  • Sally Kershaw, Exclusive, Strand Theatre, London, 1989
  • Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, Hampstead Theatre, then Playhouse Theatre, both London, 1989
  • Title role, Prin, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1990
  • The Night of the Iguana, National Theatre Company, 1992
  • Virginia Woolf, Vita and Virginia, Ambassadors' Theatre, London, 1993 then Union Square Theatre, New York City, 1994-95
  • Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, Arena Stage, Washington,DC, 1993-94
  • Gypsy of the Year, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1994
  • Leonie (Leo), Indiscretions (Les parents terribles), Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • John Gabriel Borkman, National Theatre Company, 1996
  • Agnes, A Delicate Balance, Theatre Royale, London, 1997
  • Also appeared in productions with Memorial Theatre Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1957-59.
  • Taped Readings
  • Constance, King John, Arkangel, 1998
  • Romeo and Juliet,1998
  • Videotapes
  • Virginia Woolf: A Room of One's Own(solo reading), Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1997
  • Stage Plays
  • Vita and Virginia(based on correspondence between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf), Ambassadors' Theatre, 1993 then Union Square Theatre, 1994-95
  • Screenplays
  • Mrs. Dalloway(also known as Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway; based on the novel by Virginia Woolf), First Look Pictures, 1997

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