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A Complete Biography of Rowan Atkinson

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Rowan ”Mr. Bean“ Atkinson
 
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson is a British comedian, actor and screenwriter well known for his role on the sitcoms Blackadder and Mr. Bean. He was born on January 6, 1955, in Consett, Co. Durham, UK, to Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson, a farmer and a company director. He has three older brothers, Paul Atkinson (died as an infant), Rodney Atkinson (Eurosceptic economist), and Rupert Atkinson. According to “The Observer”, Rowan Atkinson is one of the 50 funniest actors in British comedy. 

Atkinson was educated at Durham Choristers School, a preparatory school and St. Bees School. He received a degree in Electrical engineering from Newcastle University. He was in the same class as Prime Minister Tony Blair. In 1975, he continued his study at The Queen's College, Oxford, taking the same major for the degree of MSc. 


Atkinson had married Sunetra Sastry for 24 years before they were finally separated on November 10, 2015. They have two kids, Lily and Benjamin. Since 2014, Atkinson has been in a relationship with Louise Ford.     

Co-writing and appearing in Not the Nine O’clock News (1979), a television comedy sketch show for BBC, his career started to come to prominence as the show was a huge success and won an International Emmy Award and the British Academy Award for "Best Light Entertainment Programme of 1980”. He was also named "BBC Personality of the Year" for his performance. The success of Not the Nine O’clock News landed him a leading role in the sitcom The Black Adder (1983), Mr. Bean (1990) and several other TV series. Atkinson also appeared in several movies, including Dead on Time (1983), Pleasure at Her Majesty's (1976), Never Say Never Again (1983), and The Tall Guy (1989).

The character of Mr. Bean later appeared in a feature film, Bean (1997) and Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2007). Atkinson has been type casted by the character to a degree but he surprisingly announced his intention to retire Mr. Bean in November 2012. Two years later, however, a new animated series of Mr. Bean appeared on ITV.

Biography

Name: Rowan Sebastian Atkinson
Date of Birth: January 6, 1955
Place of Birth: Consett, County Durham, England
Occupation(s): comedian, actor and screenwriter
Spouse(s):
  • Leslie Ash (the 1980s)
  • Sunetra Sastry (m. 1990; div. 2015)
  • Louise Ford (since 2014)
Children:
  • Lily
  • Benjamin
Filmography:
  1. Film
  • 1982  Fundamental Frolics  as Himself  
  • 1982 The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (Various Roles)  
  • 1983  Dead on Time as Bernard Fripp  
  • 1983 Never Say Never Again as Nigel Small-Fawcett
  • 1989  The Appointments of Dennis Jennings as Dr. Schooner  
  • 1989 The Tall Guy  as Ron Anderson  
  • 1990  The Witches as Mr. Stringer 
  • 1991  The Driven Man as Himself  
  • 1992  Laughing Matters as Presenter (Documentary)
  • 1993  Hot Shots! Part Deux as Dexter Hayman  
  • 1994  Four Weddings and a Funeral as Father Gerald 
  • 1994 The Lion King as Zazu (Voice Only)
  • 1997  Bean as Mr. Bean
  • 2000  Maybe Baby as Mr. James  
  • 2001  Rat Race as Enrico Pollini  
  • 2002  Scooby-Doo as Emile Mondavarious  
  • 2003  Johnny English as Johnny English  
  • 2003 Love Actually as Rufus
  • 2005  Keeping Mum as Reverend Walter Goodfellow  
  • 2007  Mr. Bean's Holiday as Mr. Bean
  • 2011  Johnny English Reborn as Johnny English  

  1. Television
  • 1979  Canned Laughter as Robert Box  
  • 1979 The Secret Policeman's Ball   
  • 1979-82 Not the Nine O'Clock News as Himself  
  • 1980  Peter Cook & Co   
  • 1980 The Innes Book of Records as Guest appearance
  • 1983  The Black Adder as Prince Edmund (The Black Adder)  
  • 1986  Blackadder II  as Lord Blackadder  
  • 1986 Saturday Live as Himself  
  • 1987  Blackadder the Third as Edmund Blackadder  
  • 1988  Blackadder: The Cavalier Years as Sir Edmund Blackadder  
  • 1988 Blackadder's Christmas Carol as Ebenezer Blackadder  
  • 1989  Blackadder Goes Forth as Edmund Blackadder  
  • 1990-95 Mr. Bean as Mr. Bean  
  • 1991  Bernard and the Genie' as Bernard's Boss  
  • 1992  Rowan Atkinson Live   
  • 1992 Funny Business as Kevin / Narrator  
  • 1992 A Bit of Fry & Laurie as Guest appearance
  • 1995-96 The Thin Blue Line as Inspector Raymond Fowler  
  • 1997  The Story of Bean as Himself  
  • 1999  Blackadder: Back & Forth as Lord Blackadder  
  • 1999 Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death as The Doctor  
  • 2001  Popsters as Nasty Neville  
  • 2001-04, 2015present Mr. Bean as Mr. Bean (Animated series)
  • 2003  Lying to Michael Jackson as Martin Bashir  
  • 2005  Spider-Plant Man as Peter Piper / Spider-Plant Man  
  • 2007  The Greatest Worst Bits of Comic Relief as Himself  
  • 2008  We Are Most Amused as Himself  
  • 2008 Blackadder Rides Again as Himself  
  • 2009  Not Again: Not the Nine O'Clock News as Himself (Guest appearance)
  • 2010  Bondi Rescue as Mr. Bean  (1 episode)
  • 2011  Top Gear as Himself  (1 episode)
  • 2012  The Olympics Opening Ceremony as Mr. Bean  
  • 2013  Live from Lambeth Palace sketches  The Archbishop of Canterbury  
  • 2015  Horrible Histories as Henry VIII of England  Guest appearance (1 episode)
  • 2016  Maigret as Inspector Jules Maigret

  1. Television advertisements
  • 1980  Kronenbourg 1664 as Customs officer
  • 1983  Appletiser as Fisherman
  • 1989  Give Blood as Doctor
  • 1991-97 Barclaycard as Richard Latham
  • 1994  REMA 1000 as Mr. Bean
  • 1997  M&M's as Mr. Bean
  • 1999  Nissan Tino as Mr. Bean
  • 2014  Snickers as Mr. Bean

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