Manchester own, Rebecca Atkinson has built a career as one of the most versatile actress of her generation. Since he breakthrough role as Karen Maguire in the iconic Paul Abbott created British series Shameless, she has captivated audiences around the world. Through her work, she has not only entertained but also inspired others, making her a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry.
Born on September 14, 1978, in Manchester, England, Rebecca Atkinson discovered her passion for acting at a young age. Determined to pursue her dreams, she enrolled in the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), where she honed her skills and developed a deep understanding of the craft.
Her portrayal of the brash, yet vulnerable, Karen Maguire in Shameless won the hearts of audiences and garnered critical acclaim. She continued to portray Karen Maguire for a total of eleven seasons, becoming one of the show’s most beloved characters.
Following her success on “Shameless,” Rebecca Atkinson’s career skyrocketed. She appeared in numerous television shows, films, and stage productions, showcasing her range as an actress. From gritty dramas to heartfelt comedies, she fearlessly tackled a variety of genres, leaving an indelible mark on each project she undertook. Known for her brash, tough talking character, Rebecca broke new ground taking on the role of Lisa in “Wait For Me”, playing a character that provides the emotional heart of the film and a soft spoken counterpoint to the brash characters of Alison and Karen.
What sets Atkinson apart from her peers is her unwavering commitment to authenticity and representation.
Beyond her acting career, Rebecca Atkinson is also a passionate activist, raising money for disability and cancer charities in the UK. In recognition of her talent and advocacy, Atkinson has received several accolades throughout her career. She has been nominated for numerous awards, including the BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress. These accolades not only highlight her talent but also serve as a testament to her impact on the industry.