Rebecca Atkinson was born on September 22, 1983, in Salford, Greater Manchester, and is a model and an actress known for playing Karen Maguire in Channel 4's Shameless. She has also appeared in Life on MarsIdeal, and BBC Three's new multi-platform sitcom Trexx and Flipside.

She has had minor parts in many shows, including playing Asia in four episodes of the BBC comedy series Ideal, and two episodes of New Street Law, where she played a character named Susie Hardwick. She appeared in Heartbeat in 2002 and 2006 playing two different characters. Shows she has had a single appearence in include Life on MarsHolby CityThe BillCoronation StreetDoctors and The Royal. She has also appeared in Children's Ward at a young age.

She also appeared in the film adaption of Kevin Sampson's Awaydays released in 2009.

Rebecca grew up on Weaste Lane in Salford and went to All Souls primary school on Kintyre Avenue, which was also the primary school of Warrington Wolves prop Adrian Morley.

She attended the David Johnson Drama and also taught dancing for the Glenda Ann School of Dancing in Goostrey, an old farming village in Cheshire.

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