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Eileen Atkins

Highest Rated:   100% Ballet Shoes (2008)
Lowest Rated:   0% ChickLit (2016)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
0% ChickLit
  • Peggy Law
2016
52% Magic in the Moonlight
  • Aunt Vanessa
2014
46% 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
70% Last Chance Harvey
  • Maggie
$14.9M 2009
100% Ballet Shoes
  • Madame Fidolia
2008
27% Evening
  • Mrs. Brown
$12.5M 2007
No Score Yet Cranford
  • Miss Deborah
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
51% Vanity Fair
  • Miss Matilda Crawley
$16.1M 2004
71% Cold Mountain
  • Maddy
2003
35% What a Girl Wants
  • Jocelyn Dashwood
$36.0M 2003
No Score Yet Egy het Pesten es Budan
  • Amanda
2003
81% 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
No Score Yet David Copperfield
  • Actor
2001
80% Wit
  • E.M. Ashford
2001
No Score Yet Madame Bovary
  • Marie Louise
2000
No Score Yet Tales from the Madhouse
  • 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
81% 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
71% 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 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Creator
  • Princess Dragomiroff Virginia Woolf Marie Louise Deborah Jenkyns Queen Mary Celia Maud, Lady Holland
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2000
  • 1991
No Score Yet Miss Marple
2004-2013
  • Actor
  • 2007

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