Eileen Atkins joins cast of Woody Allen's latest film

Eileen Atkins joins cast of Woody Allen's latest film

NEW YORK, July 2 (UPI) -- Woody Allen says Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden and Hamish Linklater have joined the cast of the unnamed movie he is shooting in the south of France.
Emmy Rossum relishes bad-girl 'Beautiful Creatures' role

Emmy Rossum relishes bad-girl 'Beautiful Creatures' role

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. actress and singer Emmy Rossum says she relished the chance to play a magical trouble-maker in the new romantic fantasy flick, "Beautiful Creatures."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

No third season for 'Upstairs'

LONDON, April 23 (UPI) -- The BBC says it has no plans to produce a third season of its revival of the British drama series "Upstairs Downstairs."

Jean Marsh suffers minor stroke

LONDON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- British actress Jean Marsh, 77, is recovering from a minor stroke and will miss the start of production on her TV series "Upstairs Downstairs," the BBC said.

No Upstairs-Downstairs for Atkins

LONDON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- British actress Eileen Atkins announced she will not appear in the next installment of the updated Upstairs Downstairs series she helped to create.
Down reflects on 'Upstairs' legacy

Down reflects on 'Upstairs' legacy

NEW YORK, April 25 (UPI) -- In an era when news -- much of it bad -- travels at lightning speed, British actress Lesley-Anne Down says she thinks people still appreciate the slower pace and lighter tone of her classic drama series, "Upstairs Downstairs."
Huston to play King Richard in Hood film

Huston to play King Richard in Hood film

LONDON, July 13 (UPI) -- Danny Huston has agreed to play Richard the Lionheart in the big-screen Robin Hood adventure Ridley Scott is shooting in England, The Hollywood Reporter said.
'John Adams' cleans up at Emmys

'John Adams' cleans up at Emmys

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- "John Adams," a seven-part HBO series about the second U.S. president, won the Emmy for outstanding miniseries in Los Angeles Sunday night.

Bafta doles out British TV awards

LONDON, April 21 (UPI) -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has honored a controversial documentary about Alzheimer's disease with one of its highest awards.
'Cranford' earns 3 BAFTA nominations

'Cranford' earns 3 BAFTA nominations

LONDON, March 18 (UPI) -- The TV period drama "Cranford" led the field with three nods when nominations for the British Academy Television Awards were announced Tuesday.

Atkins to join cast of 'Doubt'

NEW YORK, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- British actress Eileen Atkins has signed on to join the cast of the Broadway production of John Patrick Shanley's drama, "Doubt."

McGregor in 'Scenes of a Sexual Nature'

LONDON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Ewan McGregor and Sophie Okonedo will lead an ensemble cast in British TV director Edward Blum's film debut "Scenes of a Sexual Nature."

Atkins, 70, fights off hunk Colin Farrell

LONDON, May 4 (UPI) -- Irish heart-throb Colin Farrell has set his sights on 70-year-old British actress Dame Eileen Atkins -- at least that's what Atkins reports.

First seasonal theater awards announced

NEW YORK, May 5 (UPI) -- The Outer Critics Circle named the Pulitzer Prize-winning solo play "I Am My Own Wife," as best play on Broadway and "Wicked," as best Broadway musical.

Matthew Kelly wins at Olivier Awards

LONDON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Matthew Kelly was named best actor for his role in "Of Mice And Men" at the Olivier Awards in London, one year after wrongly being accused of child abuse.
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Dame Eileen June Atkins, DBE (born 16 June 1934) is an English actress and occasional screenwriter.

Atkins was born in a Salvation Army women's hostel in East London (The Mothers' Hospital in Clapton), the cockney daughter of Annie Ellen (née Elkins), a barmaid who was 46 when Eileen was born, and Arthur Thomas Atkins, a gas-meter reader who was previously under-chauffeur to the Portuguese Ambassador. She attended the Latymer Grammar School, Edmonton and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Her mother was told by a gypsy that Eileen would be a great dancer, so she was sent to dancing classes from an early age, and appeared dancing in working man's clubs as "Baby Eileen" throughout the war years.

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