Eileen Atkins is an English writer and award-winning film and theatre actress.
Among her accomplishments are the creation of two television series, including the concept for an original television series, created with Jean Marsh, titled “Behind the Green Baize Door”, which became the award-winning ITV series “Upstairs, Downstairs”.
In recent years Dame Eileen has held a virtual monopoly on Virginia Woolf. She has played the writer on stage (“A Room of One’s Own” and “Vita and Virginia”) and screen (the 1990 television version of Room); she also provided the screenplay for the 1997 film adaptation of Woolf’s novel “Mrs. Dalloway” – starring Vanessa Redgrave (her stage costar in Vita and Virginia) – and made a cameo appearance in the 2002 film version of Michael Cunningham’s Woolf-themed novel “The Hours”.