Jun. 16th, 1934
Clapton, London, England, UK
5' 6 1/2
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Dame Eileen June Atkins, DBE 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 Awardwinner, winning Best Supporting Performance in 1988 (for Multiple roles) and Best Actress for The Unexpected Man (1999) and Honour (2004). 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).
- Won the Best Actress Award for "Honour" at the 2004 Laurence Olivier Awards.
- She was nominated for a 2003 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in Honour at the Royal National Theatre: Cottesloe.
- She was awarded the 1992 London Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Night of the Iguana.
- Is a breast cancer survivor.
- She claims to be high-maintenance
- 2004 Tony Award nominee for Best Actress in a Play for "The Retreat from Moscow."
- She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1990 and awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2001 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.
- She was awarded the 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of the 2003 season for her performance in Honour at the Royal National Theatre: Cottesloe Stage.