Maria Aitken

Maria Atkin

Maria Aitken was born in 1945 in Dublin.   She is the sister of politican Jonathan Aitken.   She has starred on the stage and on film and television in Britain.   Her films include “Doctor Faustus” in 1967, “Half Moon Street”, “A Fish Called Wanda” in 1988 and as Lady Edwina Mountbatten in “Jinnah” in 1998.   Her son is the actor Jack Davenport.

Brian McFarlane’s “Encyclopedia of British Film”:

Tall slender comedy actress, granddaughter of Lord Beverbrook, famous on stage for witty performances in such plays as “Private Lives”in 1980 and “The Women” in 1986 and on television.   She has so far made only a few films but was memorably funny as John Cleese’s permanently and justifiably bad-tempered wife in “A Fish Called Wanda” in 1988.   The sort of sequel “Fierce Creatures”, sadly gave her comic talents little scope.

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