Eileen Atkins

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Actress

Birth Date: June 16, 1934

Age: 89 years old

Birth Place: Clapton, London, England, UK

Veteran British star of both stage and screen, Eileen Atkins rose from her working-class roots to become one of the most accomplished and decorated actresses to cross the Atlantic. Though not as well known across the pond as contemporaries Judi Dench or Helen Mirren, Atkins nonetheless thrived on the stage, earning numerous awards and nominations, especially for her several transformative performances as novelist Virginia Woolf. While acting remained her bread and butter, Atkins occasionally used her talents as a writer to create unforgettable television like the popular "Upstairs, Downstairs" (ITV, 1971-75), the acclaimed stage play "Vita & Virginia" (1994) and the well-regarded screenplay for "Mrs. Dalloway" (1997). All throughout her career, she remained in an unparalleled class, building a sterling résumé that eventually earned her a place in the Theater Hall of Fame in 1998. While her feature career remained relatively muted compared to her stage work - a few highlights like "Gosford Park" (2001) and "Cold Mountain" (2003) stood out - Atkins nonetheless established herself as an actress of unending verve and talent.

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Getting Away with Murder(s)

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2023

Wicked Little Letters

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2023

NRL Bite

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2022

Will She Do? By Eileen Atkins

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2021

This Cultural Life

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2021

Getting Away With Murder

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Movie
2021

Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh

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2020

Admiral BL: Dein Verein

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Ruth Ellingham
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2018

Nothing Like a Dame

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2018

Vita & Virginia

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2018

Simon Amstell: Carnage

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2017

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2017
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Paddington 2

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2017

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Queen Mary
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2016
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The Crown: Behind the Palace Doors

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Queen Mary
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2016

ChickLit

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Peggy Law
Movie
2016

El beso de Valentine

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Catherine Maier
Movie
2015

Magic in the Moonlight

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Aunt Vanessa
Movie
2014

My Hero: Hugh Dennis on Ronnie Barker

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2013

ViciousStream

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Rosemary
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2013

Beautiful CreaturesStream

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Gramma
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2013
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The Scapegoat

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2012

Afternoon Drama

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2012

The Scapegoat

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Lady Spence
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2012

The Many Faces of...

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2011

Rosamunde Pilcher: Vier Frauen

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2011

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Maud
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2010

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2010

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Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine
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2010
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Wild Target

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Mother
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2010

Masterpiece Mystery!

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2008

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2008

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Maggie
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2008

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2007

The Graham Norton ShowStream

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2007

Marple Mystery: Towards Zero

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2007

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2007

The One Show

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2006

Ask the Dust

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Mrs. Hargraves
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2006

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Iris
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2006

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2005

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2004

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2004

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2003

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2003

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Lady Jocelyn
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2003

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Maddy
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2003
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Bertie & Elizabeth

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Queen Mary
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2002

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2002
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Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

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2001

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Evelyn "E.M." Ashford
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2001
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2001
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David Copperfield

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2000

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Celia
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2000

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Marie Louise
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2000

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Marie Louise
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2000

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2000

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1999

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Alice
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1998
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Mrs. Dalloway

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1997

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1996

The Maitlands

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1996

Cold Comfort FarmStream

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Judith Starkadder
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1995
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Jack & Sarah

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Phil
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1995

Una Fría y Confortable Granja

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1995

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Mary
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1994
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The House of Eliott

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1991

The House of Eliott

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1991

A Room of One's Own

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1991

Déjenlo Vivir

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1991

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1991

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1991

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1991

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1991

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1990

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1989

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1988

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1988

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Countess
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1987

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1985

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1985

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Nellie Osborne
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1985

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1985

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1983

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1983

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Madge
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1983
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Smiley's People

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1982

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Mrs. Mann
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1982

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1981

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Vanity Fair
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1980

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Hesther Saloman
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1977
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1977

The Devil Within Her

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Sister Albana
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1975

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Shirley
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1968

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