Dorothy Atkinson

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Dorothy Atkinson
Dorothy Caroline Atkinson

Years active1988-present
Spouse(s)Martin Savage

Dorothy Caroline Atkinson (born 1966) is an English actress and singer.[1][2] She has appeared in several plays by playwright Alan Ayckbourn and in films by Mike Leigh, including Topsy-Turvy, All or Nothing, and Mr. Turner, which premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and for which she was nominated for the BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She is from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Her father was a bursar for a school in Nottinghamshire and she has one sister. Her nickname is "Dot". She is married to actor Martin Savage and they have one son.[4]

Film and television[edit]

Atkinson made her television debut in the British series London's Burning, as Zoe, the girlfriend (later wife) of fireman Colin Parrish. She appeared in the series from 1991 to 1993. Her film debut came in the 1997 film Keep the Aspidistra Flying, which starred Helena Bonham Carter.

In 1999, she played Jessie Bond in Topsy-Turvy, performing the song 'Three Little Maids From School Are We' with Shirley Henderson and Cathy Sara. Topsy-Turvy was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning two.

She played Mrs. MacGregor in the 2006 television film Housewife, 49, which won the BAFTA Award for Best Single Drama. In 2010 played Hannah Murray's mother in Chatroom and in 2013, she began playing Jane Sutton on the British series Call the Midwife.


Atkinson made her Broadway debut in the 2010 production of Brief Encounter, playing three roles (Dolly/Hermione/Beryl). This production was conceived originally with the Kneehigh Theatre Company (of which she is a member) and she stayed with the show when it moved to New York.

In 2009 Atkinson played Vera in Just Between Our Selves by Alan Ayckbourn at Northampton's Royal & Derngate Theatre. In 2006 she played Nora in Epitaph for George Dillon at the Comedy Theatre and in 2007 the Woman in A Matter of Life and Death at the National Theatre. In 2003 she played Marie in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Beauty and the Beast by Laurence Boswell.[5]

She has performed many shows at the Stephen Joseph Theatre with Alan Ayckbourn, including The Boy Who Fell Into a Book, in which she originated the role of the Queen in 1998.

In 2002, Atkinson was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Eden End as Lillian, by the Barclays Theatre Awards, an award recognising regional British theatre.


  1. ^ "Dorothy Atkinson credits". Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  2. ^ retrieved 07/25/2014
  3. ^ Pauline McLeod (2014-10-26). "Actress Dorothy Atkinson on Call the Midwife and Mr Turner - Life - Life & Style - Daily Express".
  4. ^ Adrienne Onofri. "The Three Faces of BRIEF ENCOUNTER's Dorothy Atkinson".
  5. ^ "Brief Encounter Inside The Playbill on Broadway - Information, Cast, Crew, Synopsis and Photos - Playbill Vault". Archived from the original on 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2014-07-25.

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