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Eileen Atkins was born in June of 1934 in London and began her acting career with a role in the 1960 British mini-series An Age Of Kings. Her career took off in the 70s; she built an expansive career in TV productions, tossing in the occasional feature film -- including The Hours, Cold Mountain and Vanity Fair -- for balance. The multi-talented Atkins created the phenomenally successful mini-series Upstairs, Downstairs with her friend Jean Marsh and she wrote the screenplay for the 1997 film Mrs. Dalloway (starring Vanessa Redgrave and Natascha McElhone) for which she won the Best Screenplay award from the Evening Standard British Film Awards. She received a nomination for a Best Supporting Actress BAFTA Award in 1985 for her role in The Dresser and was a member of the Gosford Park cast which won the Screen Actors Guild Award in 2002.
A playwright and actor, Alan Bennett was born in May of 1934 in Yorkshire, England. He graduated from Exeter College, Oxford, with a BA in Modern History in 1957 and became a lecturer at Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1960. Meanwhile, he and Dudley Moore (another Oxford student) and two Cambridge students, Jonathan Moore and Peter Cook, put together the original version of Beyond the Fringe as an official Edinburgh Festival revue. It went on Broadway in 1962. Since then Bennett has occasionally acted and directed but his primary vocation has been writing for the stage and for television. He has written over twenty plays and films including Me--I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1978), An Englishman Abroad (1983), Prick Up Your Ears (1987), A Question of Attribution (1988) and The Madness of King George (1991, adapted for screen 1995). Writing Home, a funny and sometimes touching collection of talks, diaries and essays, was published in 1994 and was selected by many critics as their 'book of the year.' In 2003 he received the British Book Awards ("the Oscars of the book trade") Lifetime Achievement Award.
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