Maria Aitken Movies and Career Information

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Sep 12, 1945

Maria Penelope Katharine Aitken (born 12 September 1945) is an English actress, writer, producer and director. Aitken was born in Dublin, the daughter of Sir William Aitken, a Conservative MP, and socialite Penelope Aitken, whose father was John Maffey, 1st Baron Rugby. She is a great-niece of newspaper magnate and war-time minister Lord Beaverbrook. She attended Sherborne School For Girls in Dorset. As a student at St Anne's College, Oxford in the mid-1960s, she was cast in a small part in Richard Burton's production of Faustus, which was also filmed. She played Lady Edwina Mountbatten in the critically acclaimed movie Jinnah, which highlighted the life and times of Pakistan's founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah. She also appeared with John Cleese in both A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures. More recently she has concentrated on directing. Her most recent production is The 39 Steps, originally at The Tricycle, Kilburn, and then at the West End's Criterion Theatre until April 2007. Aitken is the sister of disgraced former politician Jonathan Aitken, and the mother of actor Jack Davenport from her marriage to Nigel Davenport. She is married to the novelist Patrick McGrath, and

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