Rebecca Atkinson

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Rebecca Atkinson
Karen during series 7 in 2010.
Atkinson as Karen Maguire in Shameless.
Born (1983-09-22) 22 September 1983 (age 34)
Salford, England, UK
Other names Rebecca Batt
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Known for Playing Karen Maguire in Shameless
Partner(s) Ben Batt

Rebecca Atkinson (born 22 September 1983) is an English actress and model best known for playing Karen Maguire in Shameless from 2004 until 2013.

Early life[edit]

Atkinson grew up on Weaste Lane in Salford and went to All Souls' RC Primary School on Kintyre Avenue in Weaste, which was also the primary school of former Warrington and Salford forward Adrian Morley.


She is best known for playing Karen Maguire in Channel 4's popular comedy drama series, Shameless, and for appearing in all 11 series. She has also appeared in Life On Mars, Ideal and BBC Three's new "multi-platform sitcom" Trexx and Flipside. In October 2016, Atkinson joined the cast of BBC Scottish soap opera, River City, as Belinda Roberts, the ex cellmate of Amber Murdoch.

She has had minor parts in many shows, including playing Asia in four episodes of BBC comedy series Ideal, and two episodes of New Street Law, where she played a character named Susie Hardwick. She appeared in Heartbeat in 2002 and 2006 playing two different characters. Shows she has had a single appearance in include Life on Mars (The Stabbing), Holby City, The Bill, Coronation Street, Doctors and The Royal. She has also appeared in Children's Ward at her young ages. She also appeared in the film adaptation of Kevin Sampson's Awaydays, released in 2009.

She attended the David Johnson Drama and taught dancing in Goostrey for the Glenda Ann School of Dancing before appearing on TV. She also taught dancing for the Glenda Ann School of Dancing in Goostry, an old farming village in Cheshire.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Her partner is Shameless co-star, Ben Batt, who played Joe Pritchard. They met on the set in 2008 and shared numerous storylines together. In 2016, she gave birth to their son, Jack.





  1. ^ "Rebecca". Veribo. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 

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