Eileen Atkins Bio, Age, Wiki, Family, Husband, Net Worth

Eileen Atkins Biography

Dame Eileen June Atkins, DBE is popularly known as an English actress and occasional screenwriter. In addition, she has served in the theatre, film, and television consistently since 1953. She received the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress in 2008 and also the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Cranford.

How old is Eileen Atkins? – Age

Atkins is 89 years old as of 2023. She was born on 15 June 1934, in Lower Clapton, London, United Kingdom, where she also grew up.

How tall is Eileen Atkins? – Height

The actress and occasional screenwriter stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches tall.

Eileen Atkins Mother, Father – Family

Atkins was born and brought up by his loving parents in East London. Likewise, her mother, Annie Ellen who was a barmaid and was 46 when Eileen was born, and her father, Arthur Thomas Atkins, who was a gas meter reader who was before under-chauffeur to the Portuguese Ambassador.

Eileen Atkins Education

Atkins went to Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Is Eileen Atkins Married? – Partner

Atkins got married to actor Julian Glover in 1957; later they divorced in 1966. (A day after his divorce, Glover got married to actress Isla Blair.) Besides, she married her second husband, Bill Shepherd, on 2 February 1978. Unfortunately, Shepherd died on 24 June 2016.

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Eileen Atkins’s Career

Eileen appeared as Maggie Clayhanger in every six episodes of Arnold Bennett’s Hilda Lessways since 15 May to 19 June 1959, produced by BBC Midlands together with Judi Dench and Brian Smith. Additionally in the 1960 Shakespeare production An Age of Kings she played Joan of Arc.

She assisted create two television series. Together with fellow actress, Jean Marsh, she as well created the concept for an original television series, Behind the Green Baize Door, which was the award-winning ITV series Upstairs, Downstairs from 1971–75. Besides, Marsh played maid Rose for the duration of the series but Atkins became unable to accept a part due to stage commitments.

She co-starred along with Dame Judi Dench and also Sir Michael Gambon in the BBC One drama Cranford playing the central role of Miss Deborah Jenkyns in the autumn of 2007. Likewise, this performance got her the 2008 BAFTA Award for best actress, and also as the Emmy Award. Besides in September 2007, she played Abigail Dusniak in Waking the Dead Yahrzeit.

Furthermore in 2009 Atkins played the evil Nurse Edwina Kenchington in the BBC Two black comedy Psychoville. Besides, Atkins replaced Vanessa Redgrave as Eleanor of Aquitaine in the blockbuster movie Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe, which was as well released in the UK in May 2010. She played Louisa in the dark comedy film Wild Target the same year.


  • Inadmissible Evidence
  • Sharon’s Baby
  • Equus
  • The Dresser
  • Let Him Have It Lilian
  • Wolf
  • Jack and Sarah
  • Cold Comfort Farm
  • The Avengers
  • Women Talking Dirty
  • Gosford Park
  • The Hours
  • Cold Mountain
  • What a Girl Wants
  • Vanity Fair
  • The Queen of Sheba’s Pearls
  • The Feast of the Goat
  • Ask the Dust
  • Scenes of a Sexual Nature
  • Evening
  • Last Chance Harvey
  • Robin Hood
  • Wild Target
  • The Scapegoat
  • Beautiful Creatures
  • Magic in the Moonlight
  • Paddington
  • Nothing Like a Dame
  • Wicked Little Letters

Eileen Atkins Net Worth

Citing her actress career, Atkins has an estimated net worth of $215 million.


You can find and follow Eileen on Instagram using the account name: @dameeileenjune

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