Eileen Atkins

Eileen Atkins

Highest Rated: 100% Ballet Shoes (2008)

Lowest Rated: 5% The Avengers (1998)

Birthday: Jun 16, 1934

Birthplace: Not Available

One of England's most renowned stage actresses, Eileen Atkins has been a staple of both the Royal Shakespeare Company and London's West End since the 1960s. She has also popped up occasionally on film and television, and she has made numerous contributions to both mediums as a scriptwriter, most notably for the acclaimed series Upstairs Downstairs and House of Eliott and the well-received screen adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway.A product of London's East End, where she was born in the Clapton Salvation Army Home on June 16, 1934, Atkins grew up in a council home as the third child of a homemaker and a gas meter reader. She began performing as a tap dancer in working men's clubs at the age of seven, and she had done professional pantomime by the time she was 13. Under the encouragement of a school instructor -- who gave Atkins voice lessons to remove her Cockney accent and introduced her to Shakespeare -- she went on to attend the Guildhall School of Drama, where she did a teaching course and took drama classes.Atkins struggled to begin her professional career, finding it difficult to get stage roles of any substance, to say nothing of stage roles, period. She got her first break when she moved to Stratford with her then-husband, Julian Glover, who had found work with the RSC. Atkins got her start in Stratford as an usherette, and she gradually moved her way up until she was allowed into the company. She first performed on the Stratford stage as Audrey in As You Like It, chosen to fill in for the understudy of Dame Peggy Ashcroft after both had taken ill. Atkins spent several years with the RSC, performing in both classical and contemporary plays alongside the likes of Lawrence Olivier and Alec Guinness. On the London stage, she portrayed numerous characters, earning a Best Supporting Actress Olivier Award for her performance in Peter Hall's production of The Winter's Tale. Her one-woman show, A Room of One's Own, was an international success, earning Atkins a Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance and a special Citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf.Although the international stage has been the centerpoint of Atkins' career, she has made many contributions to film and television. Aside from her work on the aforementioned Upstairs, Downstairs, The House of Elliot, and Mrs. Dalloway (the last of which earned her the Evening Standard British Film Best Screenplay award), she has appeared in such films as Let Him Have It (1991), Jack and Sarah (1995), and John Schlesinger's Cold Comfort Farm (1995). Among the endless honors Atkins holds is a Commander of the British Empire. Atkin would appear in several notable projects over the coming years, including Gosford Park, The Hours, Cold Mountain, and TV series like Doc Martin and Psychoville.

Highest Rated Movies



39% Vita & Virginia Screenwriter 2019
13% ChickLit Peggy Law 2016
51% Magic in the Moonlight Aunt Vanessa 2014
47% Beautiful Creatures Gramma $19.5M 2013
No Score Yet The Scapegoat Lady Spence 2012
33% Wild Target Mother $0.2M 2010
43% Robin Hood Eleanor of Aquitaine $105.3M 2010
71% Last Chance Harvey Maggie $14.9M 2009
100% Ballet Shoes Madame Fidolia 2008
27% Evening Mrs. Brown $12.5M 2007
40% Scenes of a Sexual Nature Actor 2006
No Score Yet The Feast of the Goat (La fiesta del Chivo) Actor 2006
35% Ask the Dust Mrs. Hargraves $0.7M 2006
No Score Yet The Queen of Sheba's Pearls School Matron 2004
No Score Yet Women Talking Dirty Emily Boyle 2004
49% Vanity Fair Miss Matilda Crawley $16.1M 2004
70% Cold Mountain Maddy 2003
35% What a Girl Wants Jocelyn Dashwood $36M 2003
No Score Yet Egy het Pesten es Budan Amanda 2003
80% The Hours Barbara in the flower shop $41.5M 2002
No Score Yet The Duchess Of Malfi Actor 2002
No Score Yet Bertie and Elizabeth Queen Mary 2002
86% Gosford Park Mrs. Croft $41.3M 2001
83% Wit E.M. Ashford 2001
No Score Yet Tales from the Madhouse Actor 2000
No Score Yet David Copperfield Actor 2000
5% The Avengers Alice 1998
71% Mrs. Dalloway Screenwriter 1998
No Score Yet A Dance to the Music of Time Actor 1997
83% Cold Comfort Farm Judith Starkadder 1996
74% Jack & Sarah Phil 1996
60% Wolf Mary 1994
No Score Yet The Lost Language of Cranes Rose Benjamin 1992
84% Let Him Have It Lilian Bentley 1991
No Score Yet A Hazard of Hearts Actor 1987
No Score Yet Vision Helen Marriner 1987
No Score Yet Titus Andronicus Actor 1985
100% The Dresser Madge 1983
No Score Yet Bewitched Actor 1983
63% Equus Magistrate Hesther Saloman 1977
No Score Yet I Don't Want to Be Born (The Baby)(It Lives Within Her)(Sharon's Baby) Actor 1975
No Score Yet The Devil Within Her Sister Albana 1975
No Score Yet Shakespeare's An Age of Kings Actor 1960
No Score Yet The Lady from the Sea Ellida Wangel 1911


82% Doc Martin
Ruth Ellingham 2019
No Score Yet Cranford
Miss Deborah 2017
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Creator Princess Dragomiroff Virginia Woolf Marie Louise Deborah Jenkyns Queen Mary Celia Maud, Lady Holland 2012
No Score Yet Miss Marple
No Score Yet Mystery!
Lady Tressilian Mrs. Rutledge 2007
100% Smiley's People
Madame Ostrakova 1982


Ridley says: And here comes our much beloved grandma

Ridley says: And here comes our much beloved grandma.

Gramma says: Let me have a look at you child

Gramma says: Let me have a look at you child.

Mother says: A Barrette for your seventh birthday. A Barrette the pistol of princes. No boy could have assed for more.

Mother says: A Beretta for your seventh birthday. A Beretta the pistol of princes. No boy could have asked for more.