Born in Stevenage in 1987, British actor Aimie Atkinson is best known for her Olivier Award-nominated performance in the orignal cast of Six as Henry VIII's fifth wife, Katherine Howard. However, she's set to become a rising West End star, portraying the iconic role of Vivian Ward in the West End premiere of Pretty Woman: The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre.
With a father in a rock band, she was born into a musical family, inspiring and encouraging her to learn even more about musicianship. Growing up, she dreamed of a life in the theatre, taking part in numerous performing arts groups and school productions, later running a franchise of performing arts school, Stagecraft, in her hometown.
Successfully gaining a place at Arts Educational School in London, Atkinson entered BBC Radio 2’s musical theatre competition while in training. Even though she'd yet to begin her professional career, Atkinson went on to win both amateur and professional categories, taking the title of 'Voice of Musical Theatre'. Opening doors, Atkinson left Arts Educational School to make her professional debut, starring in a production of Days and Hopes at King’s Head Theatre. Later starting the Royal Academy of Music's intensive musical theatre programme, history repeated itself once again when Atkinson left training to star in a production, this time originating the role of Luisa in the UK tour of Zorro.
Atkinson’s no stranger to starring in musical theatre roles, taking over the role of Daniela in the London premiere of In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre, as well as starring in off-West End productions of Steel Pier at the Union Theatre and Legacy Falls at Charing Cross Theatre. She’s also performed in theatres across the country, appearing in regional and touring productions of Legally Blonde, Dirty Dancing, Blockbuster, Carnaby Street and Never Forget.
However, she’s best known for her critically-acclaimed performance in Six, originating the role of Katherine Howard and playing the role for over two years. Along with the five other queens in the West End cast, Atkinson was nominated for best supporting actress in a musical at the 2019 Olivier Awards, with Six receiving five Olivier Award nominations including best new musical.
Away from musical theatre, Atkinson is also the creative director of Goldstone, a British girl group that won ‘The Voice of Astana’, a Kazakh singing competition in 2018. As a solo artist, Atkinson released her debut album titled ‘Step Inside Love’ in 2017.
Atkinson can now be seen on stage in the West End premiere of Pretty Woman: The Musical as Vivian Ward, opposite Danny Mac as Edward Lewis, with performances at the Piccadilly Theatre to January 2021.