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Eileen Atkins is a Actor and Ecrivain British born on 16 june 1934 at London (United-kingdom)

Eileen Atkins

Eileen Atkins
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Birth name Eileen June Atkins
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 16 june 1934 (84 years) at London (United-kingdom)
Awards Laurence Olivier Award

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. She has won several major acting awards, including a BAFTA, an Emmy and three Olivier's. 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! in 1972, Indiscretions in 1995 and The Retreat from Moscow in 2004. In the UK, she has won three Olivier Awards, for Best Supporting Performance (for multiple roles) in 1988 and two for Best Actress, for The Unexpected Man in 1999 and Honour in 2004.

Other stage credits include, Twelfth Night (Old Vic London, 1961 & 1978), The Tempest (Old Vic 1962), Exit the King with Alec Guinness (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 with Maggie Smith (Haymarket, West End 1997) and Doubt (New York 2006).

For television, she co-created Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975) and The House of Elliot (1991–1993) with Jean Marsh. In 2008, she won a BAFTA TV Award and an Emmy Award for her role opposite Judi Dench in the BBC drama Cranford

Her film roles 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) and Robin Hood (2010). She also wrote the screenplay for the 1997 film version of Mrs Dalloway, starring Vanessa Redgrave.

Biography

Atkins was married to actor Julian Glover in 1957; they divorced in 1966. (A day after his divorce, Glover married actress Isla Blair.) She married her current husband, Bill Shepherd, on 2 February 1978. Atkins claims to have been propositioned by Colin Farrell on location in 2004, shortly before she turned 70; she said the incident helped her pass that milestone far more easily than she otherwise would have expected. The Oldie magazine awarded her the 'Refusenik of the Year' award for this incident.

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."

"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.

Best films

Cold Mountain (2003)
(Actress)
Gosford Park (2001)
(Actress)

Usually with

Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(4 films)
Ann Roth
Ann Roth
(5 films)
Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(2 films)
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Filmography of Eileen Atkins (47 films)

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Actress

Paddington 2, 1h43
Directed by Paul King
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Mise en scène d'un ours, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters
Roles Madame Kozlova
Rating78% 3.946173.946173.946173.946173.94617
Paddington est un ours heureux aux côtés de la famille Brown à Windsor Gardens. Membre populaire de la communauté, l'animal cherche le cadeau parfait à offrir pour les 100 ans de sa tante Lucy. Alors qu'il a trouvé son bonheur avec un livre animé unique, ce dernier est volé.
Suite Française, 1h47
Directed by Saul Dibb, Saul Dibb
Origin France
Genres Drama, War, Romance
Themes French war films, Histoire de France, L'Occupation allemande en France
Actors Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Riley, Heino Ferch, Ruth Wilson
Roles Denise Epstein
Rating70% 3.5038653.5038653.5038653.5038653.503865
In Nazi-occupied France, Lucille Angellier and her domineering mother-in-law await news of her husband. A regiment of German soldiers arrives, and promptly moves into the homes of the villagers. Lucille tries to ignore Bruno, the German commander coopting her house, but he soon infatuates her.
Magic in the Moonlight, 1h37
Directed by Woody Allen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Historical, Crime, Romance
Themes Films about magic and magicians, La provence
Actors Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Eileen Atkins
Roles Aunt Vanessa
Rating65% 3.2989953.2989953.2989953.2989953.298995
In 1928, a globally famous illusionist, Wei Ling Soo, performs in front of a crowd in Berlin with his world-class magic act. As he walks off stage the film audience sees that he is actually a British man named Stanley (Colin Firth). He berates his employees and is generally curmudgeonly towards his well-wishers. In his dressing-room, he is greeted by old friend and fellow illusionist Howard Burkan (Simon McBurney). Howard enlists Stanley to go with him to the Côte d'Azur where a rich American family, the Catledges, has apparently been taken in by a clairvoyant and mystic, Sophie (Emma Stone). In fact, the son of the family, Brice (Hamish Linklater), is smitten with Sophie, and his sister Caroline (Erica Leerhsen) and brother-in-law George (Jeremy Shamos) are concerned Brice is considering proposing marriage. Howard says that he has been unable to uncover the secrets behind her tricks and he admits that the more he watched her the more he believed she really has supernatural powers. So he would like Stanley, who has debunked charlatan mystics in the past, to help him prove she is a fraud.
Beautiful Creatures, 2h4
Directed by Richard LaGravenese
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Fantasy, Romance
Actors Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann
Roles Emmaline Duchannes
Rating61% 3.0950953.0950953.0950953.0950953.095095
In Gatlin, South Carolina, Ethan Wate awakens from a recurring dream of a girl he does not know. In voice-over narration, he describes his enjoyment of reading banned books, his despair of his small-town existence, and his dreams of leaving for college. Arriving for his first day of junior year, Ethan notices newcomer Lena Duchannes, who resembles the girl he has been dreaming about. The other students do not take kindly to her and spread gossip regarding Lena's reclusive uncle, Macon Ravenwood, and suggest that her family includes devil worshippers. Overhearing these whispers, Lena tenses, and the classroom windows shatter, amplifying the fears and suspicions of the class and the townspeople at large that she is a witch.
The Scapegoat, 1h40
Directed by Charles Sturridge
Origin United-kingdom
Actors Matthew Rhys, Andrew Scott, Eileen Atkins, Jodhi May, Alice Orr-Ewing, Sheridan Smith
Roles Lady Spence
Rating71% 3.5958053.5958053.5958053.5958053.595805
There are significant differences between this adaptation and the original novel. Whereas the action of the novel takes place in France, this screen version is set in the UK in 1952 as Britain prepares for the Coronation.
Robin Hood
Robin Hood (2010)
, 2h20
Directed by Ridley Scott
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Swashbuckler, Action, Adventure, Historical
Actors Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Matthew Macfadyen, Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, Kevin Durand
Roles Eleanor of Aquitaine
Rating66% 3.3481053.3481053.3481053.3481053.348105
In 1199 A.D., Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) is a common archer in the army of King Richard the Lionheart (Danny Huston). A veteran of Richard's crusade, he now takes part in the siege of Chalus Castle. Disillusioned and war-weary, he believes the King when invited to give an honest view of the war; after Robin gives a frank but unflattering appraisal of the King's conduct, Robin and his comrades – archers Allan A'Dayle (Alan Doyle) and Will Scarlett (Scott Grimes) and soldier Little John (Kevin Durand) – find themselves in the stocks.
Wild Target, 1h38
Directed by Jonathan Lynn
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action
Actors Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint, Eileen Atkins, Rupert Everett, Martin Freeman
Roles Mother
Rating67% 3.3979853.3979853.3979853.3979853.397985
Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy) est un assassin vieillissant et agissant exclusivement en solitaire Victor n'a de contacts qu'avec sa mère Louisa (Eileen Atkins) parfaitement au courant de son métier. Il est un jour engagé pour tuer Rose (Emily Blunt), mais malgré son efficacité légendaire, il se retrouve incapable de l'éliminer, car il commence petit à petit à éprouver des sentiments pour elle. Il épargne donc sa vie, et se retrouve, à la suite de ces évènements, affublé d'un jeune apprenti, Tony (Rupert Grint).
Agatha Christie's Poirot - Murder on the Orient Express, 1h30
Directed by Philip Martin, Philip Martin
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Crime
Actors David Suchet, Toby Jones, Brian J. Smith, David Morrissey, Jessica Chastain, Serge Hazanavicius
Roles Princess Dragomiroff
Rating78% 3.941033.941033.941033.941033.94103
Hercule Poirot vient de clore une affaire au Moyen-Orient pour le compte de l'armée. Arrivé à son hôtel d'Istanbul, il reçoit un télégramme lui demandant de rentrer d'urgence à Londres. Il rencontre son ami Xavier Bouc, directeur de la compagnie internationale des wagons-lits, qui lui trouve une place avec difficulté dans le premier Orient-Express au départ pour l'Angleterre. Lors du trajet, Samuel Ratchett, riche homme d'affaires américain, demande au détective belge de le protéger, pensant qu'on en veut à sa vie, mais Poirot refuse. Le lendemain, Ratchett est retrouvé dans son lit poignardé à de multiples reprises. Le train étant immobilisé par la neige, le coupable se trouve forcément à son bord.
G-Force
G-Force (2009)
, 1h29
Directed by Hoyt Yeatman
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about animals, Spy films, Comedy science fiction films, Films about insects, Mise en scène d'un rongeur, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Zach Galifianakis, Faizon Love, Bill Nighy, Kelli Garner, Will Arnett, Sam Rockwell
Roles Natasha
Rating51% 2.551282.551282.551282.551282.55128
The film revolves around a special team of trained secret agent animals, equipped with advanced tools that allows the mammalian members to talk to humans. The primary field team consists of guinea pigs Darwin (team leader), Juarez (martial arts), and Blaster (weapons/transportation), star-nosed mole Speckles (cyber intelligence) and fly Mooch (reconnaissance). The unit's leader Ben, orders an unauthorised infiltration of the residence of home electronics and appliances magnate, Leonard Saber, the owner of Saberling Technology, who has been under FBI investigation. The team is able to retrieve sensitive information about a sinister scheme that is set to occur in 48 hours. However, when Ben's superior arrives for his evaluation, his astonishment at the team's capabilities and technology is overcome by his indignation at Ben's unauthorized mission and the fact that the downloaded intelligence appears to be useless information about Saber's coffee makers. As a result, the government agent orders the unit shut down, the equipment seized and the animals to be used as experimental subjects to be killed. With the help of their human compatriots, Darwin, Juarez, Blaster, Mooch and Speckles escape with hopes of stopping Saber's scheme, but find themselves in a pet carrying case bound for a pet shop.
Last Chance Harvey, 1h33
Directed by Joel Hopkins
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Kathy Baker, Eileen Atkins, James Brolin, Liane Balaban
Roles Maggie Walker
Rating66% 3.348123.348123.348123.348123.34812
Divorced American Harvey Shine writes jingles for television commercials, a job not in keeping with his one-time aspiration to be a jazz composer and pianist. His position at work is tenuous as he departs for London to attend his daughter Susan's wedding. Upon arrival at Heathrow Airport, he encounters Kate Walker, a single Londoner who collects statistics from passengers as they pass through the terminals. Tired and anxious to get to his hotel, Harvey brusquely dismisses her when she approaches him to ask questions.
Evening
Evening (2007)

Directed by Lajos Koltai
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Vanessa Redgrave, Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Natasha Richardson, Patrick Wilson, Hugh Dancy
Roles Nachtschwester
Rating64% 3.2480253.2480253.2480253.2480253.248025
The film alternates between two time periods, the 1950s and the present, in which a dying Ann Grant Lord (Vanessa Redgrave) reflects on her past. Her confusing comments about people she never mentioned before leave her daughters, reserved Constance (Natasha Richardson) and restless Nina (Toni Collette), wondering if their mother is delusional.
Ballet Shoes, 1h30
Directed by Sandra Goldbacher
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Dance films
Actors Emma Watson, Richard Griffiths, Lucy Boynton, Yasmin Paige, Emilia Fox, Victoria Wood
Roles Madame Fidolia
Rating67% 3.3949253.3949253.3949253.3949253.394925
A young orphan, Sylvia Brown, and her nurse Nana come to live at her great-uncle Matthew (Gum) 's house in London. He is a paleontologist and is reluctant to take her in, but relents when he learns that he is her only living relative. Gum is away a lot on travels collecting fossils, but he sends Sylvia letters and presents and she learns to love him.
Ask the Dust, 1h57
Directed by Robert Towne
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about writers
Actors Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek, Donald Sutherland, Idina Menzel, Eileen Atkins, Justin Kirk
Roles Mrs. Hargraves
Rating57% 2.898832.898832.898832.898832.89883
The story is set during the Great Depression, specifically around the time of the 1933 Long Beach earthquake. Camilla (Salma Hayek) is a fiery, beautiful Mexican café waitress who aspires one day to be above her current standing in society, to make something of herself, to give her and her future children a place and chance in the world. Farrell's character is portrayed as a struggling writer who comes to Los Angeles's Bunker Hill area to start his writing career. Though he falls in love with Camilla, he does not marry her. Later, Camilla is infected by tuberculosis and leaves Arturo without informing him. When Arturo finds her, she is about to die and he promises to marry her, but Camilla dies and Arturo writes a novel dedicated to Camilla. Arturo writes a dedication in one of his books to her and throws it into the sand.
Scenes of a Sexual Nature, 1h31
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Adrian Lester, Sophie Okonedo, Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Andrew Lincoln, Douglas Hodge
Roles Iris
Rating60% 3.0487953.0487953.0487953.0487953.048795
Husband, Jamie (Andrew Lincoln) and wife, Molly (Holly Aird) are lying on the grass, discussing footballers and multiple orgasms. Molly notices Jamie staring at a pretty girl nearby, Sophie (Eglantine Rembauville). When he is challenged about it, he pretends he was looking at the book the girl was reading, L'Etranger by Albert Camus. Immediately seeing through his lies, Molly questions Jamie about the book; Jamie claims it is a western about a man who eventually becomes sheriff. In order to embarrass Jamie and expose him as a liar, she then approaches Sophie to question her about the book as well.
Vanity Fair, 2h22
Directed by Mira Nair
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romantic drama, Romance
Themes Films about children, Political films, Napoleonic Wars films, French Revolution films
Actors Reese Witherspoon, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, James Purefoy, Angelica Mandy, Gabriel Byrne, Eileen Atkins
Roles Miss Matilda Crawley
Rating61% 3.0982953.0982953.0982953.0982953.098295
1802, London. The mysterious Lord Steyne (Gabriel Byrne) goes to a painter's studio where he has agreed to buy a painting of a young woman. The young Rebecca "Becky" Sharp (Angelica Mandy), then a girl of ten, insists on having ten guineas, instead of four guineas, as the price of the painting. The painter explains that the model in the painting is Becky's mother, the painter's late wife. Steyne agrees to pay the higher amount and leaves with the painting. The young Becky is seen moving to Miss Pinkerton's Academy for Young Ladies after her father's death.