Eileen Atkins

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Eileen Atkins’s Birthday Highlights

Birth Name

Eileen Atkins

Eye Color


Place Of Birth

London, UK


88 years old

Birth Date

June 15, 1934

Star Sign


Eileen Atkins Facts

Child Star?



Actress, Screenwriter

Education & Qualifications

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Net Worth

$1.5 million


Arthur Thomas Atkins, Annie Ellen Atkins


1.7m (5'5"")



Chinese Year

Year of the Dog

About Eileen Atkins 

Eileen Atkins is an accomplished English actress and screenwriter with an inspiring journey.
She has made a significant impact on the theater, film, and television industry since 1953. She has also established herself as a successful screenwriter.
Born to Arthur Thomas Atkins and Annie Ellen Atkins, Eileen June Atkins spent most of her childhood in Tottenham. Since the age of three, she took dance lessons but was never fond of them. In her final year, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama is where she staged her first theatrical performance.
Her on-stage portrayal of Virginia Woolf brought her international fame. Her portrayal of the character of Deborah Jenkins in the famous series 'Cranford' is considered to be one of her most celebrated works in the television industry.

Eileen Atkins' Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Eileen Atkins’ net worth?

Eileen Atkins has an assumed net worth of $1,500,000.

How much does Eileen Atkins earn per year?

Eileen Atkins' annual earnings are still under review. However, most of it is generated from her films, stock market investments, properties, and endorsement deals.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Eileen Atkins?

Eileen Atkins stands at the height of 5 ft 7 in (169 cm).

How old is Eileen Atkins?

Born on June 15, 1934, Eileen June Atkins is 87 years old, as of 2021.

Childhood And Education

Eileen June Atkins was born in Clapton, a district of East London, to Arthur Thomas Atkins and Annie Ellen Atkins. She moved to Tottenham at a very young age with her family. Her mother worked in the factory during the day and as a barmaid at night. Her father, Arthur Thomas Atkins, worked as a chauffeur to the Portuguese Ambassador and later took the job of a gas meter-reader.
At the age of three, Atkins was enrolled in a dance class by her mother. She continued to take dance classes until the age of 15, although she never enjoyed it. During World War II, she danced at a men's club to earn money and was popularly called 'Baby Eileen'. During this time, she also performed at London's stage door for the American troops.
Eileen Atkins was enrolled at the Parkside Preparatory School, located in Tottenham, by a woman who agreed to pay for her education. The actress presently recognizes the role that her school principal, Miss D.M. Hall's guidance and teaching played and how it helped her become a better version of herself. She later went to study in The Latymer School, a prestigious grammar school located in Edmonton, London.
There, she was introduced to the works of Shakespeare by one of her grammar school teachers called Michael Burton, who saw a lot of potential in the young girl. He also helped her get rid of her cockney accent. He would take her to the theaters as a part of drama demonstration sessions. During one of these sessions, she met Robert Atkins at the staging of King John in the Regent's Park Theater. She later wrote to him saying how she could do the prince's part better than the thespian.
Upon receiving the letter, Robert Atkins met her and advised her to attend a drama school. She took a teaching course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and attended drama lessons simultaneously. She performed in three plays in her final year at Guildhall. Eileen Atkins graduated from Guildhall in 1953 at the age of 19.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Eileen Atkins’ partner?

Eileen Atkins married Julian Glover in 1957. Unfortunately, Julian Glover passed away in 1966. Therefore, the marriage of Eileen Atkins and Julian Glover only lasted for 9 years. She later married Bill Shepherd, and they were together until his passing away in 2016. She has been single ever since.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Eileen Atkins made her acting debut on stage in 1953 with the play 'Love's Labor's Lost', written by William Shakespeare. It was directed by Robert Atkins, and she was given the role of Jaquenetta, a country girl. Afterward, Eileen Atkins worked as a stage manager at the Oxford Playhouse, a theater house. She performed for the Guild Players Repertory Company and Royal Shakespeare Company as a professional thespian.
Eileen Atkins gained fame by portraying the famous writer Virginia Woolf on stage in the stage adaptation of the book 'A Room Of One's Own'. Patrick Garland directed this play. She wrote the first screenplay of the film 'Mrs. Dalloway', which was based on the novel written by Virginia Woolf.
Eileen Atkins' television debut was in 1959 when she portrayed the character of Maggie Clayhanger in the television series 'Hilda Lessways'. She played the role of Joan of Arc in the serial adaptation of the historical drama 'An Age Of Kings' by Shakespeare. Some of her notable credits include the portrayal of Miss Spinks in 'Emergency Ward-10', Charlotte Verney in 'The Massingham Affair', Ruth in 'Knock On Any Door', Eileen in 'Theatre 625', Mary Kingsley in 'Solo', Ellida Wangel in 'The Lady From The Sea', Kate Cookman in 'Affairs Of The Heart', Stella Kirby in 'Celebrity Playhouse', Mrs. Mann in 'Oliver Twist', Celia in 'Talking Heads 2', and Ruth Elinghman in ITV comedy-drama series 'Doc Martin'.
However, she left the show in 2011 because she was not happy with the script. She also played Miss Deborah Jenkyns in 'Cranford' and Edwina Kenchington in 'Psychoville'. She portrayed Queen Mary in the famous Netflix series 'The Crown'. The storyline depicts the journey of Queen Elizabeth II leading the monarchy of the British empire after the demise of her father, King George VI. Her recent works include the portrayal of Ruth Ellingham in the British comedy series 'Doc Martin'.
Eileen Atkins has acted in various films in her career. Her debut film was 'Inadmissible Evidence', where she played the character of Shirley. The film is based on a lawyer's harrowing life that becomes increasingly distant from everyone. She was next seen in the movie 'Sharon's baby', where she was cast as sister Albana. Some of her remarkable film credits include Hester Saloman in 'Equus', Lilian Bentley in 'Let Him Have It', Judith in 'Cold Comfort Farm', Alice in 'Avengers', Mrs. Croft in 'Gosford Park', Barbara in 'The Hours', and Jocelyn Dashwood in 'What A Girl Wants'.
Eileen Atkins also played the role of Miss Matilda Crawley in the 2004 historical drama film 'Vanity Fair' directed by Mira Nair. She was seen in the role of Eleanor of Aquitaine in the 2010 action film 'Robin Hood'. Eileen Atkins was featured in a documentary called 'Nothing Like A Dame' that documented a conversation between Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright, and herself. They talk about their journey, scenes, and characters from their on-screen and stage performances.
Eileen Atkins is the co-creator of the original TV series 'Behind The Green Baize Door' and 'House Of Eliott' along with English actress Jean Marsh. Her on-stage portrayal of the famous writer Virginia Woolf in the theatrical adaptation of her novel 'A Room Of One's Own' has been one of her finest works. She has received plenty of awards and nominations, including the Drama Desk Award. Her performance in the play 'The Unexpected Man' was also highly regarded.
Eileen Atkins received accolades for her stunning performance in the role of Queen Mary in the Netflix series 'The Crown'. She had also portrayed the same character in the television film 'Bertie And Elizabeth', released in 2002.
Along with actress Jean Marsh, Eileen Atkins created the television series 'Behind The Green Baize Door', which later got adapted into the popular series 'Upstairs, Downstairs'. Her portrayal of Miss Deborah Jenkins in the television adaptation of the episodic novel 'Cranford' by writer Elizabeth Gaskell has earned her praises.

Charity Work

Eileen Atkins had performed a Dame Rap for a Tsunami-charity gig organized by the actress Joan Plowright.

What awards has Eileen Atkins won?

Eileen Atkins' contribution to the theater, television, and film industries has been recognized with several awards and nominations. Some of the noteworthy mentions include the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble in the film 'Gosford Park'. She has won the prestigious Primetime Emmy Award for her role as the supporting actress in the television series 'Cranford'. She also received the BAFTA TV award in the Best Actress category for the same series.
Eileen Atkins also received the Critics Circle Theater Award for her work in 'The Night Of The Iguana' in 1992. Eileen has won the Laurence Olivier Award for the Best Supporting Performance in 'Cymbeline The Winter's Tale Mountain Language'. She has also won the Laurence Olivier Award in the Best Actress category for her work in 'The Unexpected Man' and 'Honour' in 1999 and 2004. Eileen Atkins was also awarded the Helen Hayes Awards and Lucille Lortel Award for her outstanding performance in 'A Room Of One's Own'.

Eileen Atkins’ Hobbies And Interests

Apart from acting, Eileen Atkins often engages herself in writing screenplays for films and television series. She is currently working on screenwriting projects.

Other Interesting Eileen Atkins Facts And Trivia

  • Eileen Atkins is currently screenwriting for a movie by a Dutch writer.
  • Eileen Atkins wrote her autobiography titled 'Will She Do?' in 2021.
  • Eileen Atkins was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1998.
  • Eileen Atkins portrayed the character of Lady Spence in the film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel 'Scapegoat'.

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