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Eileen Atkins

Birth name:
Eileen June Atkins
Date of Birth:
16 June 1934 Clapton, London, England, UK
5' 6½" (1.69 m)
Eileen Atkins was born in a Salvation Army Women's Hostel in north London. Her father was a gas meter reader; her mother, a seamstress and barmaid. A drama teacher taught her how to drop her Cockney accent, and she studied Shakespeare and Greek tragedies. Her breakthrough role in "The Killing of Sister George" took her to Broadway.