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|Dame Eileen Atkins
|Born||Eileen June Atkins
16 June 1934
Dame Eileen June Atkins, DBE (born 16 June 1934) is an English actress and occasional screenwriter. She has worked in the theatre, film, and television consistently since 1953. She has been nominated for and received many professional awards and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1990 and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2001.
Atkins was born in the Mothers' Hospital in Clapton, a Salvation Army women's hostel in East London. Her mother, Annie Ellen (née Elkins), was a barmaid who was 46 when Eileen was born, and her father, Arthur Thomas Atkins, was a gas meter reader who was previously under-chauffeur to the Portuguese Ambassador. She was the third child in the family and when she was born the family moved to a council home in Tottenham. Her father did not, in fact, know how to drive and was responsible, as under-chauffeur, mainly for cleaning the car. At the time Eileen was born, her mother worked in a factory the whole day and then as a barmaid in the Elephant & Castle at night. When Eileen was three, a Gypsy woman came to their door selling lucky heather and clothes pegs. She saw little Eileen and told her mother that her daughter would be a famous dancer. Her mother promptly enrolled her in a dance class. Although she hated it, she studied dancing from age 3 to 15 or 16. From age 7 to 15, which covered the last four years of the Second World War (1941–45), she danced in working men's club circuits for 15 shillings a pop as "Baby Eileen". During the war, she performed as well at London's Stage Door canteen for American troops and sang songs like "Yankee Doodle." At one time she was attending dance class four or five times a week.
By 12, she was a professional in panto in Clapham and Kilburn. Once, when she was given a line to recite, someone told her mother that she had Cockney accent. Her mother was appalled but speech lessons were too expensive for the family. Fortunately, a woman took interest in her and paid for her to be educated at Latymer's grammar school in Edmonton, London. One of her grammar school teachers who used to give them religious instruction, a Rev. Michael Burton, spotted her potential and rigorously drilled away her Cockney accent without charge. He also introduced her to the works of William Shakespeare. She studied under him for two years.
When she was 14 or 15 and still at Latymer's, she also attended "drama demonstration" sessions twice a year with this same teacher. At around this time (though some sources say she was 12), her first encounter with Robert Atkins took place. She was taken to see Atkins' production of King John at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. She wrote to him saying that the boy who played Prince Arthur was not good enough and that she could do better. Robert Atkins wrote back and asked that she come to see him. On the day they met, Atkins thought she was a shop girl, and not a school girl. She gave a little prince speech and he told her to go to drama school and come back when she was grown up.
Rev. Burton came to an agreement with Eileen's parents that he would try to get her a scholarship for one drama school and that if she did not get the scholarship he would arrange for her to do a teaching course in some other drama school. Her parents were not all keen on the fact that she would stay in school until 16 as her sister had left at 14 and her brother at 15 but somehow they were convinced. Eileen was in Latymer's until 16. Out of 300 applicants for a RADA scholarship, she got down to the last three but was not selected, so she did a three-year course on teaching at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. But, although she was taking the teaching course, she also attended drama classes and in fact performed in three plays in her last year. This was in the early 1950s. In her third and last year she had to teach once a week, an experience she later said she hated. She graduated from Guildhall in 1953.
As soon as she left Guildhall she got her first job with Robert Atkins in 1953: as Jaquenetta in Love's Labour's Lost at the same Regent's Park Open Air Theatre where she was brought to see Robert Atkins' King John production years before. She was also, very briefly, an assistant stage manager at the Oxford Playhouse until Peter Hall fired her for impudence. She was also part of repertory companies performing in Billy Butlin's holiday camp in Skegness, Lincolnshire. It was there when she met Julian Glover.
Atkins has regularly returned to the life and work of Virginia Woolf for professional inspiration. She has played the writer on stage (A Room of One's Own and Vita and Virginia, winning the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show for the former) and screen (the 1990 television version of Room); she also provided the screenplay for the 1997 film adaptation of Woolf's novel Mrs. Dalloway — starring Vanessa Redgrave (her stage costar in Vita and Virginia) — and made a cameo appearance in the 2002 film version of Michael Cunningham's Woolf-themed novel The Hours.
She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1957 and stayed for two seasons. She was with the Old Vic in its 1961–62 season (she appeared in the Old Vic's Repertoire Leaflets of February–April 1962 and April–May 1962). Her stage performances from 1957 include:
- Cymbeline (unnamed parts) at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2 July 1957 press night
- The Tempest (unnamed parts) at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 13 August 1957 press night
- The Vigil (Magdalen) at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 21 October 1957 press night
- The Tempest (unnamed parts) at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, 5 December 1957 press night
- Romeo and Juliet (unnamed parts) at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 8 April 1958 press night
- Hamlet (Lady) at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 June 1958 press night
- Pericles (Diana) at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 8 July 1958 press night
- Much Ado About Nothing (unnamed parts) at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 26 August 1958 press night
- Romeo and Juliet (unnamed parts) and Hamlet (Lady) on Tour, 12 December 1958 – 5 January 1959
- Roots (Beattie), Bristol Old Vic, February 1961 (for the Bristol Old Vic Company, with Stephanie Cole)
- The Square (girl), Bromley Little Theatre, Kent, April 1961 (by Merguerite, for a professional company run by David Korda, with Prunella Scales, June Brown, Jeremy Brett and Windsor Davies)
- Twelfth Night (Viola), Old Vic, 2 October 1961 press night (scenes from this performance were featured in the March 1962 issue of Theatre World magazine)
- Richard III (Queen), Old Vic, 6 March 1962 press night (with Paul Daneman, she was on the cover page of the April 1962 issue of Plays and Players magazine for her performance here)
- The Tempest (Miranda), Old Vic, 29 May 1962 press night
- Semi-Detached (Eileen Midway), Saville Theatre, London, 5 December 1962 press night (with Laurence Olivier)
- The Provok'd Wife (wife), Georgian Theatre (Richmond, Yorkshire) and Vaudeville Theatre (London), July 1963 (a play by Vanbrugh, for the Prospect Theatre Company)
- Exit The King (Juliette), Edinburgh Festival and Royal Court Theatre, 1963 (with Alec Guinness, scenes from this performance were featured in the November 1963 issue of Plays and Players magazine with Alec Guinness on the cover page)
- The Sleepers' Den (Mrs. Shannon), Royal Court Theatre, 28 February 1965 opening night (directed by Peter Gill)
- The Killing of Sister George (Alice "Childie" McNaught), Bristol Old Vic, 1964–66; Duke of York's, 1965 (she was on the cover page of the September 1965 issue of Theatre World magazine for this performance); St. Martin's, 1966 (by Frank Marcus)
- The Killing of Sister George (Alice "Childie" McNaught), Belasco Theatre, New York, 5 October 1966 – 1 April 1967 (with Beryl Reid)
- The Restoration of Arnold Middleton (Joan Middleton, the wife), Royal Court, 1966–67
- The Promise (Lika), Henry Miller's Theatre, New York, 14 November – 2 December 1967 (with Ian McKellen and Ian McShane; on opening night the audience was picketed by local Equity members chanting that only American actors should be allowed on Broadway. Their wish was soon granted as this play closed after 23 performances.
- The Cocktail Party (Celia Coplestone), Chichester Festival Theatre, 1968 (with Alec Guinness as co-performer and director)
- Vivat!Vivat Regina! (Elizabeth I), Piccadilly, 8 October 1970 (opening night) – 1971 (by Robert Bolt, with Sarah Miles)
- Vivat!Vivat Regina! (Elizabeth I), Broadhurst Theatre, New York, 20 January – 29 April 1972 (with Claire Bloom as Mary, Queen of Scots)
- Suzanna Andler (Suzanna Andler), Aldwych Theatre, London, 7 March 1973 press night
- As You Like It (Rosalind), Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 12 June 1973 press night
- Heartbreak House (Hesione Husbaye), Old Vic, 20 February 1975 opening night
- The Night of the Tribades (Marie Caroline David), Helen Hayes Theatre, New York, 13–22 October 1977 (with Max von Sydow)
- St. Joan (St. Joan), Old Vic, tour and Liverpool Playhouse, 1977–78 (for the Prospect Theatre Company)
- The Lady's Not For Burning (Jennet Jourdemayne), 1978 (for the Prospect Theatre Company with Derek Jacobi)
- Twelfth Night (Viola), Old Vic, 1978 (for the Prospect Theatre Company)
- Passion Play (Nell), Aldwych Theatre, London, 13 January 1981 press night
- Serjeant Musgrave's Dance (Mrs. Hitchcock), Old Vic, 1983–84 (with Albert Finney as Sgt Musgrave, there was a performance on 23 May 1984 at the Old Vic)
- Medea (Medea), Young Vic Theatre, 1985–86
- The Winter's Tale (Paulina, wife to Antigonus), Cottesloe Theatre, 5 February 1988 opening night
- Cymbeline(Queen, wife to Cymbeline), Cottesloe Theatre, 5 October 1988 opening night
- Mountain Language (Elderly Woman), Lyttelton Theatre, 17 October 1988 opening night
- Exclusive (Sally Kershaw), Theatre Royal in Bath, 1988–89
- A Room of One's Own (Virginia Woolf), Theatre Royal in Bath, 1990–91
- The Night of the Iguana (Hannah Jelkes), Lyttelton Theatre, 31 January 1992 opening night
- Vita and Virginia (Virginia Woolf), Minerva Theatre, August – September 1992 (original production for the Chichester Festival Theatre, with Penelope Wilton as Vita Sackville-West), Ambassador's Theatre, London, 1993–94, and Union Square Theatre (Off-Broadway), 1994 (with Vanessa Redgrave as Vita) — this play was written by Atkins based on the letters and diaries of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
- Indiscretions (Leonie), Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 27 April – 4 November 1995 ( by Jean Cocteau, directed by Sean Mathias, with Kathleen Turner and Broadway debutant Jude Law)
- John Gabriel Borkman (Mrs. Gunhild Borkman), Lyttelton Theatre, 15 July 1996 opening night
- Hermione Lee on Virginia Woolf (Reader), Cottesloe Theatre, 18 October 1996 opening night
- A Delicate Balance (Agnes), Haymarket Theatre, 21 October 1997 – 4 April 1998 (with Maggie Smith, written by Edward Albee and directed by Anthony Page)
- The Unexpected Man (Woman), The Pit, London, 15 April 1998 press night (by Yasmina Reza, with Michael Gambon)
- The Unexpected Man (Woman), Duchess Theatre, London, 15 June 1998 press night
- The Unexpected Man (Woman), Promenade (Off-Broadway), New York, 24 October 2000 opening night (with Alan Bates)
- Honour (Honor), Cottesloe Theatre, 21 February 2003 opening night
- The Retreat From Moscow (Alice), Booth Theatre, New York, 23 October 2003 – 29 February 2004 (by William Nicholson, with John Lithgow and Ben Chaplin)
- The Birthday Party (Meg), Duchess Theatre, London, 20 April – 25 June 2005 (by Harold Pinter)
- Doubt (Sister Aloysius), Walter Kerr Theatre, New York, 17 January – 2 July 2006 (by John Patrick Shanley, with Ron Eldard and Jena Malone; Atkins, who replaced Cherry Jones, was supposed to debut on 10 January but was down with flu and so the performance was delayed for a week)
- The Sea (Mrs Rafi), Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 21 January – 19 April 2008 (by Edward Bond, directed by Jonathan Kent)
- The Female of the Species (Margot), Vaudeville Theatre, 16 July – 4 October 2008 (by Joanna Murray-Smith; this play outraged the feminist Germaine Greer because of its connection with an incident in her life. It was, however, generally very well received, with The Sunday Telegraph reviewer Tim Walker giving it five stars and describing it as "great theatre.")
- Harold Pinter: A Celebration, Olivier Theatre, 7 June 2009 (for the National Theatre)
- All That Fall (Mrs. Rooney) by Samuel Beckett, Jermyn Street Theatre, 11 October – 3 November 2012, transfer to the Arts Theatre, 6 – 24 November 2012 (for this she won an Off West End theatre best actress award in February 2013
- All That Fall (Mrs. Rooney) by Samuel Beckett, 59E59 Theatre, New York City, 12 November - 8 December 2013
Film and television
Among her accomplishments are the creation of two television series; along with Jean Marsh she created the concept for an original television series, titled Behind the Green Baize Door, which became the award-winning ITV series Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–75). Marsh played maid Rose for the duration of the series but Atkins was unable to accept a part because of stage commitments. The same team was also responsible for the BBC series The House of Eliott (1991–93).
As an actress, her television work has included The Three Sisters (1970), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1971), The Lady from the Sea (1974), Electra (1974), the villainess "Vanity Fair" in Dornford Yates' She Fell Among Thieves (1977), Sons and Lovers (1981), Oliver Twist (1982), Smiley's People (1982),Titus Andronicus (1985), The Burston Rebellion (1985), A Better Class of Person (1985), Roman Holiday (1987), The Lost Language of Cranes (1991), Cold Comfort Farm (1995), Talking Heads (1998), Madame Bovary (2000), David Copperfield (2000), Wit (2001) and Bertie and Elizabeth (2002).
Her other films include I Don't Want to Be Born (1975), Equus (1977), The Dresser (1983), Wolf (1994), Jack and Sarah (1995), Gosford Park (2001), Cold Mountain (2003), Vanity Fair (2004)Ballet Shoes (2005) and Ask the Dust (2006).
In the autumn of 2007, she co-starred with Judi Dench and Michael Gambon in the BBC1 drama series Cranford playing the central role of Miss Deborah Jenkyns. This performance earned her the 2008 BAFTA Award for best actress, as well as the Emmy Award.
In 2009 Atkins played the evil Nurse Edwina Kenchington in the BBC Two black comedy Psychoville. Atkins replaced Vanessa Redgrave as Eleanor of Aquitaine in the blockbuster movie Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe, which was released in the UK in May 2010.
Atkins and Jean Marsh, creators of the original 1970s series of Upstairs, Downstairs, are among the cast of a new BBC adaptation, shown over the winter of 2010–11. The new series is set in 1936. Marsh again played Rose while Atkins was cast as the redoubtable Lady Maud Holland. In August 2011, it was revealed that Atkins had decided not to take part in the new series, due to be shown in 2012, because she was reportedly unhappy with the direction the scripts were taking.
In September 2011, Atkins joined the cast of ITV comedy-drama series Doc Martin playing the title character's aunt, Ruth Ellingham. She returned as Aunt Ruth for the show's 6th series in September 2013.
Atkins was married to actor Julian Glover in 1957; they divorced in 1966. (A day after his divorce, Glover married actress Isla Blair.) She has been married to her current husband, Bill Shepherd, since 2 February 1978. Atkins was propositioned by Colin Farrell on location in 2004, shortly before she turned 70; she said the incident helped her pass that milestone far more easily than she otherwise would have expected. The Oldie magazine awarded her the 'Refusenik of the Year' award for this incident.
Her father died aged 86 and her mother aged 94.
She is a lifelong insomniac and takes sleeping pills every night. In 1995, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but has recovered.
In 1997, she wrote the screenplay for Mrs Dalloway, starring Vanessa Redgrave. It received rave reviews but was a box-office failure. It was a financial disaster for Atkins and her husband who had invested in the film. She said about this incident: "I have to work. I was nearly bankrupted over Mrs Dalloway, and if you are nearly bankrupted, you are in trouble for the rest of your life. I don't have a pension. In any case, it doesn't hurt me to work. I think it's quite good, actually."
"All through my career I have tried to do new work, but there is a problem in the West End as far as new work is concerned. As a theatregoer, I get bored with seeing the same old plays again and again. I felt terrible the other night because I bumped into Greta Scacchi and she asked me if I was coming to see her in The Deep Blue Sea. I said, 'Greta, I'm so old, I've seen it so many times. I've seen it with Peggy Ashcroft, with Vivien Leigh, with Googie Withers, with Penelope Wilton and I played it myself when I was 19. I can't bring myself to see it again. She was very sweet about it."
In the late 1990s, before she was made a DBE, she had a riverside home in Chiswick in west London. She had about 15 cats two of whom were named "Groucho" and "Maisie." She would run her lines with them while learning a part for a play. She is clearly a cat-lover and was quoted as saying: "I say the things I have that matter to me these days are my cats, my house and my husband, in that order."
Atkins was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1990. She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) on her 67th birthday, 16 June 2001. On 23 June 2010 she was conferred the Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, by Oxford University. On 5 December 2005 she received the Degree of Doctor of Arts, honoris causa, from City University London.
Awards & nominations
|1967||Tony Award||Best Actress in a Play||The Killing of Sister George||Nominated|
|1970||BAFTA TV Award||Best Actress||The Heiress (BBC Play of the Month)
Double Bill (The Wednesday Play)
The Letter (W. Somerset Maugham)
|1972||Tony Award||Best Actress in a Play||Vivat! Vivat! Regina!||Nominated|
|1978||Olivier Award||Best Actress in a Revival||Twelfth Night||Nominated|
|1981||Olivier Award||Best Actress in a New Play||Passion Play||Nominated|
|1983||BAFTA Film Award||Best Supporting Actress||The Dresser||Nominated|
|1988||Olivier Award||Best Supporting Performance||Cymbeline
The Winter's Tale
|1992||Olivier Award||Best Supporting Actress||The Night of the Iguana||Nominated|
|1995||Tony Award||Best Actress in a Play||Indiscretions||Nominated|
|1997||Olivier Award||Best Actress||John Gabriel Borkman||Nominated|
|2001||Olivier Award||Best Actress||An Unexpected Man||Won|
|2001||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Cast||Gosford Park||Won|
|2004||Olivier Award||Best Actress||Honour||Won|
|2004||Tony Award||Best Actress in a Play||The Retreat from Moscow||Nominated|
|2008||BAFTA TV Award||Best Actress||Cranford||Won|
|2008||Emmy Award||Best Supporting Actress (Miniseries or TV Movie)||Cranford||Won|
|2008||Golden Globe||Best Supporting Actress (Television)||Cranford||Nominated|
|2011||Emmy Award||Best Supporting Actress (Miniseries or TV Movie)||Upstairs Downstairs||Nominated|
- Equus (1977)
- Nelly's Version (1983 TV movie)
- The Dresser (1983)
- Wolf (1994)
- Jack and Sarah (1995)
- A Dance to the Music of Time (1997 TV mini-series)
- Talking Heads 2 (1998 TV mini-series)
- The Avengers (1998)
- Gosford Park (2001)
- Wit (2001 TV movie)
- The Hours (2002) (cameo appearance)
- Cold Mountain (2003)
- What a Girl Wants (2003)
- Vanity Fair (2004 film)
- Evening (2007)
- Cranford (2007 TV mini-series)
- Marple: Towards Zero (2008)
- Last Chance Harvey (2008)
- Robin Hood (2010 film) (2010)
- Beautiful Creatures (2013)
- Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
- Principal's General Report to the Board of Governors, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 13 May 2013, p. 4.
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- interview with Jonathan Ross on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, BBC1, 13 June 2008
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- "Robin Hood" (2010): Production Notes, p. 28. Retrieved from www.visualhollywood.com in PDF format on 2 December 2011
- "Last Chance Harvey:" Production Notes, p. 14. Retrieved from thecia.com.au in Rich Text Format on 2 December 2011
- "The Queen of Sheba's Pearls:" Production Notes. Retrieved from thecia.com.au as Rich Text Format on 30 November 2011
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