August 6, 1977 |
Little Rock, Arkansas
Atkinson was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. She moved to New York at age 17 and attended Barnard College. After a year, she returned to Arkansas and graduated from Hendrix College in 2001 with a degree in political science and religion.
She was seen by director Jace Alexander when she performed in a Neighborhood Playhouse school showcase, which led to her appearances in Law & Order and Rescue Me. While on hiatus between the 2004 and 2005 seasons of Rescue Me, she starred as Helen, the sweet-faced, plus-size librarian in Neil LaBute's 2004 play Fat Pig, for which she won a Theatre World Award for 'Outstanding Off-Broadway Debut', as well as receiving nominations for both a Lucille Lortel Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. She also appeared in a Broadway revival of The Ritz in 2007. Atkinson's film and television credits include Inside Man, Margot at the Wedding, Another Gay Movie, Law & Order and Rescue Me.
In 2007 Atkinson became the face of a fictional character called Chunky Pam. Pam was featured in a Christmas promotion for MTV called XXXLMAS, a Valentine's Day promotion called Pampered, and a one-off music video titled Dirrrty Jerzy, in which she raps about being from New Jersey.
- The 24 Hour Plays (2005)
- Fat Pig (2005)
- Making Marilyn (2005)
- The Butcher of Baraboo (2005)
- The Ritz (2007)
Awards & nominations
- 2005, won Theatre World Award for 'Outstanding Off-Broadway Debut' for Fat Pig
- 2005, nominated, Lucille Lortel Award for 'Outstanding Lead Actress' Fat Pig
- 2005, nominated, Outer Critics Circle Award for Fat Pig
- Law & Order (1 episode, 2004) (TV)
- Acting Class (2005)
- Rescue Me (6 episodes, 2004–2005) (TV)
- Filthy Gorgeous (2006) (TV)
- The Wedding Album (2006) (TV)
- Inside Man (2006)
- Another Gay Movie (2006)
- Puccini for Beginners (2006)
- 3 lbs. (2 episodes, 2006) (TV)
- Me and Lee? (2007)
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent (1 episode, 2007) (TV)
- Margot at the Wedding (2007)
- The Guitar (2008)
- Quid Pro Quo (2008/I)
- Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild! (2008)
- Last Call (2008/I)
- The Unusuals (1 episode, 2009) (TV)
- The Invention of Lying (2009)
- Hungry Years (2009)
- When the Evening Comes (2009)
- BearCity (2009)
- All Good Things (2009)
- 13 (2010)
- An Invisible Sign of My Own (2010)
- Louie (1 episode, 2010)
- Cold Comes the Night (2013)
- Park, Ed (December 14, 2004). "Neil LaBute finds there's more to love and hate with full-figured characters". Village Voice. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
- Zinoman, Jason (November 25, 2005). "The Listings: Nov. 25 – Dec. 1; Ashlie Atkinson". The New York Times. Retrieved September 8, 2009.
- "Fat Pig, awards and nominations". MCC Theater. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
- "Previous Theater World Award recipients: 2004–2005". Theatre World Awards. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
- staff (September 14, 2007). "Fat Pig's Ashlie Atkinson Joins Cast of The Ritz; Comedy Delays One Day". Broadway.com. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
- Lipton, Brian Scott (September 14, 2007). "Ashlie Atkinson Joins The Ritz; First Preview Cancelled". Theater Mania. Retrieved September 8, 2009.
- Shanker, Wendy. "Live a Well Rounded Life". Amaze. Retrieved September 8, 2009.