Eileen Atkins

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Eileen Atkins

Born
Eileen June Atkins

(1934-06-16) 16 June 1934 (age 86)
Education
Years active1953–present
Spouse(s)
(
m. 1957; div. 1966)
Bill Shepherd
(
m. 1978; died 2016)

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. In 2008, she won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Cranford. She is also a three-time Olivier Award winner, winning Best Supporting Performance in 1988 (for Multiple roles) and Best Actress for The Unexpected Man (1999) and Honour (2004).[1] She 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 joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1957 and made her Broadway debut in the 1966 production of The Killing of Sister George, for which she received the first of four Tony Award nominations for Best Actress in a Play in 1967. She received subsequent nominations for, Vivat! Vivat Regina! (1972), Indiscretions (1995) and The Retreat from Moscow (2004). Other stage credits include The Tempest (Old Vic 1962), Exit the King (Edinburgh Festival and Royal Court 1963), The Promise (New York 1967), The Night of the Tribades (New York 1977), Medea (Young Vic 1985), A Delicate Balance (Haymarket, West End 1997) and Doubt (New York 2006).

Atkins co-created the television dramas Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–75) and The House of Elliot (1991–93) with Jean Marsh. She also wrote the screenplay for the 1997 film Mrs Dalloway. Her film appearances include Equus (1977), The Dresser (1983), Let Him Have It (1991), Wolf (1994), Jack and Sarah (1995), Gosford Park (2001), Evening (2005), Last Chance Harvey (2008), Robin Hood (2010) and Magic in the Moonlight (2014).

Early life[edit]

Atkins was born in the Mothers' Hospital in Lower Clapton, a Salvation Army maternity hospital 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 time 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 a 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 Parkside Preparatory School in Tottenham. Eileen Atkins has since publicly credited the Principal, Miss D. M. Hall, for the wise and firm guidance under which her character developed. From Parkside she went on to The Latymer School, a 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, without charge, rigorously drilled away her Cockney accent. 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 at 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 persuaded. 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.[2]

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.

It took nine years (1953–62) before she was working steadily.[3][4]

Stage[edit]

She joined the Guild Players Repertory Company in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland as a professional actress in 1952. She appeared as the nurse in Harvey at the Repertory Theatre, Bangor, in 1952.[5] In 1953 she appeared as an attendant in Love's Labours Lost at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Her London stage debut was in 1953 as Jaquenetta in Robert Atkins's staging of Love's Labour's Lost at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park.[6][7]

Atkins has regularly returned to the life and work of Virginia Woolf for professional inspiration. She has played the writer on stage in Patrick Garland's adaptation of A Room of One's Own and also in 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, and made a cameo appearance in the 2002 film version of Michael Cunningham's Woolf-themed novel, The Hours.

Atkins 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).

Film and television[edit]

She appeared as Maggie Clayhanger in all six episodes of Arnold Bennett's Hilda Lessways from 15 May to 19 June 1959, produced by the BBC Midlands with Judi Dench and Brian Smith.[8] In the 1960 Shakespeare production An Age of Kings she played Joan of Arc.

She helped create two television series. Along with fellow actress, Jean Marsh, she created the concept for an original television series, 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).

Her film and television work includes Sons and Lovers (1981), Smiley's People (1982), Oliver Twist (1982), Titus Andronicus (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), Cold Mountain (2003), What a Girl Wants (2003), Vanity Fair (2004), Ballet Shoes (2005) and Ask the Dust (2006).

In the autumn of 2007, she co-starred with Dame Judi Dench and Sir Michael Gambon in the BBC One drama 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.[9] In September 2007 she played Abigail Dusniak in Waking the Dead Yahrzeit (S6:E11-12).

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. The same year, she played Louisa in the dark comedy film, Wild Target.

Atkins and Jean Marsh, creators of the original 1970s series of Upstairs, Downstairs, were 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 Maud, Lady Holland. In August 2011, it was revealed that Atkins had decided not to continue to take part as she was unhappy with the scripts.[10] 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 sixth series in September 2013, the seventh in September 2015 and eighth in September 2017.

Atkins starred as Lady Spence with Matthew Rhys in an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's The Scapegoat, shown in September 2012.[11]

She has portrayed Queen Mary on two occasions, in the 2002 television film Bertie and Elizabeth and in the 2016 Netflix-produced television series The Crown.

Atkins portrayed graduate school professor Evelyn Ashford to Vivian Bearing (Emma Thompson) in the film Wit. Wit is a 2001 American television movie directed by Mike Nichols. The teleplay by Nichols and Emma Thompson is based on the 1999 Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same title by Margaret Edson. The film was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival on 9 February 2001 before being broadcast by HBO on 24 March. It was shown at the Edinburgh Film Festival and the Warsaw Film Festival later in the year.

Radio[edit]

Atkins had a guest role in BBC Radio 4's long-running rural soap The Archers in September 2016, playing Jacqui, the juror who persuades her fellow jurors to acquit Helen Titchener (née Archer) of the charge of attempted murder and wounding with intent of her abusive husband, Rob.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Atkins was married to actor Julian Glover in 1957; they divorced in 1966. (A day after his divorce, Glover married actress Isla Blair.)[13] She married her second husband, Bill Shepherd, on 2 February 1978. Shepherd died on 24 June 2016.[14]

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."[15]

"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."[15]

In 1995, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, treated and has recovered.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1968 Inadmissible Evidence Shirley
1975 Sharon's Baby Sister Albana
1977 Equus Hester Saloman
1983 The Dresser Madge
1991 Let Him Have It Lilian Bentley
1994 Wolf Mary
1995 Jack and Sarah Phil
1998 The Avengers Alice
1999 Women Talking Dirty Emily Boyle
2001 Gosford Park Mrs. Croft
2002 The Hours Barbara
2003 Cold Mountain Maddy
2003 What a Girl Wants Jocelyn Dashwood
2004 Vanity Fair Miss Matilda Crawley
2004 The Queen of Sheba's Pearls School matron
2005 The Feast of the Goat Aunt Adelina
2006 Ask the Dust Mrs. Hargraves
2006 Scenes of a Sexual Nature Iris
2007 Evening The Night Nurse
2008 Last Chance Harvey Maggie
2010 Robin Hood Eleanor of Aquitaine
2010 Wild Target Louisa Maynard
2012 The Scapegoat Lady Spence
2013 Beautiful Creatures Gramma
2014 Magic in the Moonlight Aunt Vanessa
2017 Paddington 2[17] Madame Kozlova
2018 Nothing Like a Dame Herself Documentary

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1959 Hilda Lessways Maggie Clayhanger 6 episodes
1960 An Age of Kings Performer 3 episodes
1961 Emergency – Ward 10 Miss Spinks 2 episodes
1961 ITV Playhouse Girl Episode: The Square
1964 Z-Cars Grace Patchett Episode: A Stroll Along the Sands
1964 The Massingham Affair Charlotte Verney 6 episodes
1964-65 ITV Play of the Week Norma/Kathy 2 episodes
1965 Knock on Any Door Ruth Episode: "Close Season"
1966 Major Barbara Barbara Television movie
1968 Theatre 625 Eileen Episode: Party Games
1968 Half Hour Story Her Episode: Nothing's Ever Over
1968 The Sex Game Performer Episode: Women Can Be Monsters
1965-69 The Wednesday Play Performer 4 episodes
1969-70 W. Somerset Maugham Various 2 episodes
1970 Solo Mary Kingsley Episode: "Eileen Atkins as Mary Kingsley"
1972 Stage 2 The Duchess Episode: The Duchess of Malfi
1969-72 BBC Play of the Month Performer 4 episodes
1974 The Lady from the Sea Ellida Wangel Television movie
1975 Affairs of the Heart Kate Cookman Episode: "Kate"
1980 She Fell Among Thieves Vanity Fair BBC2 Play of The Week
1980 Masterpiece Theatre: Sons and Lovers Gertrude Morel 7 episode miniseries
1981 Celebrity Playhouse Stella Kirby Episode: Eden's End
1982 Smiley's People Madame Ostrakova 4 episodes
1982 Oliver Twist Mrs. Mann Television movie
1983 Nelly's Version Nelly Television movie
1985 The Burston Rebellion Kitty Higdon See Burston Strike School
1986 Breaking Up Mrs. Mailer 4 episodes
1985-87 Screen Two Performer 2 episodes
1991 A Room of One's Own Virginia Woolf Television movie
1992 The Lost Language of Cranes Rose Benjamin BBC Screen Two
1992 Mistress of Suspense Mrs. Waggoner Episode: The Stuff of Madness
1993 Performance Mrs. Maitland Episode: The Maitlands
1995 Cold Comfort Farm Judith Starkadder Television movie
1997 A Dance to the Music of Time Brightman Episode: "Post War"
1998 Talking Heads 2 Celia Episode: "The Hand of God"
2000 Tales from the Madhouse The Mourner Episode: The Mourner
2000 David Copperfield Miss Jane Television Movie
2001 The Sleeper Violet Moon Television Movie
2001 Wit Evelyn Ashford Television movie
2002 Bertie and Elizabeth Queen Mary Television movie
2003 Love Again Eva Larkin Television Movie
2007 Cranford Miss Deborah Jenkyns 2 episodes
2007 Agatha Christie's Marple Lady Tressilian Episode: "Towards Zero"
2007 Waking the Dead Abigail Dusniak Episode: Yahrzeit
2007 Ballet Shoes Madame Fidolia Television Film
2009-11 Psychoville Edwina Kenchington 8 episodes
2010 Upstairs Downstairs Maud, Lady Holland 3 episodes
2010 Agatha Christie's Poirot Princess Natalia Dragomiroff Episode: "Murder on the Orient Express"
2010 Rosamunde Pilcher's Shades of Love Violet Aird 2 episodes
2014 This is Jinsy Miss Penny Episode: "Penny's Pendant"
2016 The Crown Queen Mary 5 episodes
2017 Carnage Dorothy Mockumentary
2011-19 Doc Martin Ruth Ellingham 39 episodes (as of 2019)

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Playwright Venue
1957 Cymbeline Performer William Shakespeare Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
1957 The Tempest Performer William Shakespeare Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
Theatre Royal, London
1957 The Vigil Magdalen Ladislas Fodor Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
1958 Romeo and Juliet Performer William Shakespeare Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
1958 Hamlet Lady William Shakespeare Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
1958 Pericles Diana William Shakespeare the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
1958 Much Ado About Nothing Performer William Shakespeare the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
1958-59 Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet Performer, Lady William Shakespeare Tour
1961 Roots Beattie Arnold Wesker Bristol Old Vic[18]
1961 The Square Girl N/A Bromley Little Theatre
1962 Twelfth Night Viola William Shakespeare Old Vic, London
1962 Richard III Queen William Shakespeare Old Vic, London
1962 The Tempest Miranda William Shakespeare Old Vic, London
1962 Semi-Detached Eileen Midway David Turner Saville Theatre, London
1963 The Provok'd Wife Lady Brute John Vanbrugh Georgian Theatre (Richmond, Yorkshire)
Vaudeville Theatre (London)
1963 Exit the King Juliette Eugène Ionesco Edinburgh Festival
Royal Court Theatre
1965 The Sleepers' Den Mrs. Shannon Peter Gill Royal Court Theatre, London
1966 The Killing of Sister George Alice McNaught Frank Marcus Bristol Old Vic
Duke of York's Theatre
1966-67 Belasco Theatre, Broadway
1966–67 The Restoration of Arnold Middleton Joan Middleton David Storey Royal Court Theatre
1967 The Promise Lika Aleksei Arbuzov Henry Miller's Theatre, Broadway [19]
1968 The Cocktail Party Celia Coplestone T. S. Eliot Chichester Festival Theatre
1970-71 Vivat! Vivat Regina! Elizabeth I Robert Bolt Piccadilly Theatre
1972 Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway
1973 Suzanna Andler Suzanna Andle Marguerite Duras Aldwych Theatre, London
1973 As You Like It Rosalind William Shakespeare Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
1975 Heartbreak House Hesione Husbaye George Bernard Shaw Old Vic, London
1977 The Night of the Tribades Marie Caroline David Per Olov Enquist Helen Hayes Theatre, Broadway
1977–78 St. Joan St. Joan George Bernard Shaw Old Vic, London
Liverpool Playhouse
1978 The Lady's Not For Burning Jennet Jourdemayne Christopher Fry Prospect Theatre Company
1978 Twelfth Night Viola William Shakespeare Old Vic, the Prospect Theatre Company
1981 Passion Play Nell Peter Nichols Aldwych Theatre, London
1983-84 Serjeant Musgrave's Dance Mrs. Hitchcock John Arden Old Vic, London
1985–86 Medea Medea Euripides Young Vic Theatre
1988 The Winter's Tale Paulina William Shakespeare Cottesloe Theatre, London
1988 Cymbeline Queen William Shakespeare Cottesloe Theatre
1988 Mountain Language Elderly Woman Harold Pinter Lyttelton Theatre, London
1988–89 Exclusive Sally Kershaw N/A Theatre Royal, Bath
1990–91 A Room of One's Own Virginia Woolf Patrick Garland Theatre Royal, Bath
1992 The Night of the Iguana Hannah Jelkes Tennessee Williams Lyttelton Theatre
1992
1993-94
Vita and Virginia Virginia Woolf Eileen Atkins Minerva Theatre
Ambassador's Theatre, London,
Union Square Theatre (Off-Broadway),
1995 Indiscretions Leonie Jean Cocteau Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway
1996 John Gabriel Borkman Mrs. Gunhild Borkman Henrik Ibsen Lyttelton Theatre, London
1996 Hermione Lee on Virginia Woolf Reader Hermione Lee Cottesloe Theatre
1998 A Delicate Balance Agnes Edward Albee Haymarket Theatre
1998 The Unexpected Man Woman Yasmina Reza The Pit, London
Duchess Theatre, London
2000 Promenade Theatre, Off-Broadway
2003 Honour Honour Joanna Murray-Smith Cottesloe Theatre
2004 The Retreat from Moscow Alice William Nicholson Booth Theatre, Broadway
2005 The Birthday Party Meg Harold Pinter

Duchess Theatre, London

2006 Doubt Sister Aloysius
(replacement)
John Patrick Shanley Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway
2007 There Came A Gypsy Riding Bridget Frank McGuinness the Almeida Theatre, London
2008 The Sea Mrs. Rafi Edward Bond Theatre Royal, Haymarket
2008 The Female of the Species Margot Joanna Murray-Smith Vaudeville Theatre, London
2009 Harold Pinter: A Celebration Performer Harold Pinter Olivier Theatre, National Theatre
2013 All That Fall Mrs. Rooney Samuel Beckett Jermyn Street Theatre
2013 59E59 Theatre, New York City[20]
2014 The Witch of Edmonton Elizabeth Sawyer William Rowley The Swan Theatre. London [21]
2014-16 Ellen Terry with Eileen Atkins Ellen Terry N/A Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London
2018 The Height of the Storm Madeleine Florian Zeller Wyndham’s Theatre, London
2019 Samuel J. Friedman Theater, Broadway
2020 4000 Miles Vera Amy Herzog Old Vic, London

Honours[edit]

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 awarded 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. She is a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame. She was inducted in 1998.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Theatre Awards[edit]

Tony Awards

Year Category Work Result Ref.
1967 Best Actress in a Play The Killing of Sister George Nominated [22]
1972 Vivat! Vivat Regina! Nominated
1995 Indiscretions Nominated
2004 The Retreat from Moscow Nominated

Drama Desk Awards

Year Category Work Result Ref.
1972 Outstanding Performance Vivat! Vivat Regina! Won [22]
1978 Featured Actress in a Play The Night of the Tribades Won
1991 Outstanding Solo Performance A Room of One's Own Won
1995 Honorary Award N/A Won
2001 Outstanding Actress in a Play The Unexpected Man Nominated
2004 The Retreat from Moscow Nominated

Olivier Awards

Year Category Work Result
1978 Best Actress in a Revival Twelfth Night Nominated
1981 Best Actress in a New Play Passion Play Nominated
1988 Best Supporting Performance Cymbeline
The Winter's Tale
Mountain Language
Won
1992 Best Supporting Actress The Night of the Iguana Nominated
1997 Best Actress John Gabriel Borkman Nominated
1999 Best Actress The Unexpected Man Won
2004 Best Actress Honour Won
2018 Best Actress The Height of the Storm Nominated

Film and Television Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1970 BAFTA TV Award Best Actress BBC Play of the Month
W. Somerset Maugham
The Wednesday Play
Nominated
1983 BAFTA Film Award Best Supporting Actress The Dresser Nominated
2001 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Ensemble - Film Gosford Park Won
2002 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Acting Ensemble Won
2002 Florida Film Critics Circle Best Ensemble Cast Won
2002 Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Nominated
2002 Satellite Award Best Cast - Film Won
2008 BAFTA TV Award Best Actress Cranford Won
2008 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress - Television Nominated
2008 Emmy Award Supporting Actress in a Miniseries Won
2011 Upstairs Downstairs Nominated

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "Dame Eileen Atkins, Nigel Havers and Catherine Tate to deliberate over Helen Titchener's fate". BBC Radio 4, The Archers. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
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  16. ^ "Screen queen shakes a leg - Telegraph". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  17. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Richard Ayoade to appear in Paddington 2 : News 2017 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk.
  18. ^ University of Bristol Theatre Collection, A–Z of Bristol Old Vic (A photographic exhibition featuring on-stage and backstage images from the theatre in King Street, 9 June – 30 September 2003). Retrieved from www.bris.ac.uk/theatrecollection/atoz_booklet.pdf on 20 December 2011
  19. ^ "Ian McKellen Writings: For Curt Dawson" in www.mckellen.com. Retrieved 7 December 2011
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