Dame Eileen Atkins has encouraged fellow actresses to create good parts for themselves rather than whining about the dearth of jobs for girls.
Dame Eileen co-created The House of Eliott and TV shows Upstairs Downstairs also as starring in Sons and Lovers, Doc Martin and Cranford. She said “women have an infinitely tougher time than men” in acting. “I just think that women have to work much harder and find stuff for themselves,” she told BBC News.–BBC
Dame Eileen was talking after receiving the Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts at the UK Theatre Awards. Best known for her on-screen roles, the Bafta-winning star played the novelist and also accommodated Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs Dalloway for the big screen.