Rowan Atkinson

Movie Actor

Rowan Atkinson was born in Consett, England, United Kingdom on January 6th, 1955 and is the Movie Actor. At the age of 69, Rowan Atkinson biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, movies, TV shows, and networth are available.

Other Names / Nick Names
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, Row, Mr. Bean, Ro Atkinson
Date of Birth
January 6, 1955
United Kingdom
Place of Birth
Consett, England, United Kingdom
69 years old
Zodiac Sign
$150 Million
Actor, Comedian, Electrical Engineer, Film Actor, Film Producer, Producer, Screenwriter, Stage Actor, Television Actor, Voice Actor
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Rowan Atkinson Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

At 69 years old, Rowan Atkinson has this physical status:

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Hair Color
Dark Brown
Eye Color
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Rowan Atkinson Religion, Education, and Hobbies
Rowan is an atheist.
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Newcastle University, The Queen's College, Oxford
Rowan Atkinson Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Sunetra Sastry ​(m. 1990; div. 2015)
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Dating / Affair
Leslie Ash, Sunetra Sastry (1990-2014), Louise Ford (2014-Present)
Eric Atkinson, Ella May
Paul Atkinson (Older Brother) (Died as an infant), Rodney Atkinson (Older Brother) (Eurosceptic Economist), Rupert Atkinson (Older Brother)
Rowan Atkinson Life

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born 6 January 1955) is an English actor, comedian, and writer.

Mr. Bean (1990–1995) is best known for his appearances on the sitcom Blackadder (1983-1989) and Mr. Bean (1990–1995).

Atkinson first appeared on television's sketch comedy series Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979–1982), winning the 1981 BAFTA Award for Best Entertainment Achievement, as well as his appearance in the 1980 National Policeman's Ball (1979).

His other film appearances include the James Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983), playing a bumbling vicar in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), and playing jewellery salesman Rufus in Love Actually (2003).

He appeared on BBC sitcom The Thin Blue Line (1995-1996).

The musical Oliver's revival in 2009 is among his theatre appearances. In a 2005 survey of fellow comedians, Atkinson was listed as one of the top 50 comedians in British comedy, as well as one of the top 50 comedians ever.

He has collaborated with screenwriter Richard Curtis and composer Howard Goodall throughout his career, both of whom attended the Oxford University Dramatic Society in the 1970s.

He received an Olivier Award for his 1981 West End theatre appearance in Rowan Atkinson in Revue, in addition to his 1981 BAFTA nomination.

He has also had success in the Mr. Bean film versions Bean (1997) and Mr. Bean's Holiday (2006), as well as the Johnny English film film series (2003–2018).

He also appears in Maigret (2016–2017).

Early life

On January 6, 1955, Atkinson was born in Conway, England. Eric Atkinson, a farmer and business owner, and Ella May (née Bainbridge), who married on June 29, 1945, were the youngest of four boys, his parents. Paul, who died as an infant; Rodney, a Eurosceptic economist who barely avoided the UK Independence Party leadership election in 2000; and Rupert.

Atkinson was born in Anglican and was educated at the Durham Chorister School, a preparatory academy, and then St Bees School. Rodney, Rowan, and their older brother Rupert were taken to Concont and began training with the future Prime Minister, Tony Blair, at Durham Choristers. After receiving top marks in science A-levels, he found a position at Newcastle University, where he obtained a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. In 1975, he continued on at The Queen's College, Oxford, the same college where his father matriculated in 1935 and made Atkinson an Honorary Fellow in 2006. The application of self-tuning control was discussed in his MSc thesis, which was released in 1978.

Atkinson briefly participated in medical school before turning his full attention to acting. He had already written and performed sketches for shows in Oxford by the Etceteras (ETC) and the Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS), meeting writer Richard Curtis, and composer Howard Goodall, with whom he will continue to collaborate during his career, first winning national attention in The Oxford Revue at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 1976.

Personal life

Atkinson met makeup artist Sunetra Sastry in the late 1980s when she was working for the BBC, and they married in February 1990. They had two children together and lived in Apethorpe. Atkinson began an affair with 32-year-old comedian Louise Ford after they met while performing in a joint venture in 2013. Ford ended her relationship with comedian James Acaster in order to be with Atkinson, who separated from her husband in 2014 and divorced her in 2015.

Atkinson led a coalition of the United Kingdom's most influential writers and writers, including Nicholas Hytner, Stephen Fry, and Ian McEwan, to the British Parliament in June 2005 in an attempt to demand that the controversial Racial and Religious Hatred Bill be considered by religious groups in an attempt to force a rewrite of the arts. He criticized homophobic speech laws in 2009, saying that the House of Lords will elect against a government attempt to strip a free-speech clause from an anti-gay hate bill. Atkinson argued that the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, which outlaws inciting religious hatred, is one of society's most basic freedoms. A very peculiar rule, indeed, is that you can criticize or ridicule concepts as long as they are not religious beliefs.

In October 2012, he expressed his support for the Reform Section 5 campaign, which seeks to replace or repeal Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, particularly the claim that an insult can be grounds for arrest and jail. It's a reaction to several recent high-profile arrests, which Atkinson sees as a restriction of expression. Following community pressure, Parliament passed a redaction of the statute, which deleted the word "insulting" from the term.

Atkinson defended Boris Johnson's remarks about wearing the burqa in 2018. "As a lifelong holder of the right to make jokes of faith," Atkinson wrote to The Times, "I do agree that Boris Johnson's remark about wearing burka resembling letterboxes is a good one."

Atkinson signed a letter sent by Humanist Society Scotland in August 2020, as well as twenty other influential figures, including novelist Val McDermid, playwright Alan Bissett, and activist Peter Tatchell, who expressed skepticism about the Scottish National Party's pending Hate Crime and Public Order Bills. The bill, according to the letter, would "stifle expression."

Atkinson blasted the rise of cancel culture in January 2021. "It's important that we're exposed to a variety of viewpoints of opinion," he said, but what we have now is the digital equivalent of the medieval mob, with pedestrians roaming the streets looking for someone to burn." An algorithm determines what we want to see, which leads to a simplistic, binary view of life. It's now a case of whether you're with us or against us. You deserve to be 'cancelled' if you're against us.'

Atkinson obtained a class C+E (formerly "Class 0") lorry driving licence in 1981, mainly because lorries had a fascination for him and wanted to ensure employment as a young actor. He has also used this ability to shoot comedies. In 1991, he appeared in The Driven Man, a collection of sketches starring Atkinson and discussing the issue with taxi drivers, policemen, used-car dealers, and psychotherapists. Henry Birkin, a fan of and participant in auto racing, appeared in the television version of Full Throttle in 1995.

Atkinson has competed in other sports, including a Renault 5 GT Turbo for two seasons in Atkinson's one-make series. He owned a rare McLaren F1, which was involved in a crash in Cabus, Lancashire, in October 1999, from 1997 to 2015. After Atkinson reportedly lost control and struck a tree, it was destroyed in another serious accident in August 2011. The car suffered significant injury, taking over a year to be rebuilt and leading to the highest insurance payout in the United Kingdom, at £910,000. He has owned a Honda NSX, an Audi A8, a Koda Superb, and a Honda Civic Hybrid.

Alan Clark, a devotee of classic motor vehicles, caught a glimpse of a man who later realized it was Atkinson while driving through Oxfordshire in May 1984: "Just after leaving the motorway at Thame, a man who later discovered it to be Atkinson," says the Conservative Party politician. I begged Jane to come forward and walk back. A DV8 in danger is certainly a gloat." Clark notes that he gave Atkinson a lift in his Rolls-Royce to the nearest telephone box, but was dissatisfied with his clumsy in reaction to being acknowledged, saying that "he didn't sparkle, was rather sad and chétif."

Atkinson crashed an Aston Martin V8 Zagato at an enthusiasts' gathering in July 2001, but walked away unhurt. At the Croft Racing Circuit in Darlington, this was while he was competing in the Aston Martin Owners Club tournament.

"I have a problem with Porsches," one Atkinson said. They're lovely cars, but I'm sure I could never live with one. However, the typical Porsche people – and I wish them no harm – are not, I think, my kind of people.

Atkinson's first appearance on Top Gear in July 2011 was as the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" on Top Gear, cruising the Kia Cee'd around the track in 1:42.2, giving him first place on the leaderboard; later, only Matt LeBlanc set a faster time.

In the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity, Atkinson was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

The pilot of his private plane fainted while Atkinson was on holiday in Kenya; Atkinson managed to keep the plane in the air until the pilot returned and landing the plane at Wilson Airport in Nairobi.


Rowan Atkinson Career


In 1979, Atkinson appeared in a series of comedies on BBC Radio 3. It was made up of a sequence of satirical interviews with fictional great men, many of whom were played by Atkinson himself. Atkinson and Richard Curtis wrote the book, and Griff Rhys Jones produced it.

Atkinson did a one-off pilot for London Weekend Television in 1979 called Canned Laughter. He attracted further national attention when he appeared on the third The Secret Policeman's Ball in June 1979, which was broadcast on the BBC, and since then, Elton John, John Cleese ("Beekeeping") and Kate Bush, the former, with whom he appeared on televised skits.


In 1986, Comic Relief, a British charity charity, held an event. Playing an invisible drum kit and an invisible piano were among the solo skits on television (and without dialogue). Atkinson first appeared on Not the Nine O'Clock News for the BBC in October 1979, his companion John Lloyd's. He appeared on Pamela Stephenson, Griff Rhys Jones, and Mel Smith as one of the top sketch writers on the show.

Atkinson took the lead role of Edmund Blackadder in the BBC mock-historical comedy Blackadder after the success of Not the Nine O'Clock News. Tony Robinson (who played his long-suffering sidekick Baldrick), Stephen Fry, and Hugh Laurie were among his co-stars. The Black Adder (1983), co-written by Atkinson and Richard Curtis, was set in the medieval period, with the title character unintelligent and naive. Curtis and Ben Elton's second series, Blackadder II (1986), marked a turning point for the series. It came from the fortunes of one of Atkinson's ancestors, who lived in Atkinson's original story, with the role reimagined as a devious anti-hero. "Watching Atkinson's work in series two is to see a master of the sarcastic retort in action." Blackadder the Third (1987), set in the Regency period, and Blackadder Goes Forth (1989), set in World War I. The Blackadder series became one of the most popular of all BBC situation comedies, spawning television specials including Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988), Blackadder: The Cavalier Years (1989), and later Blackadder: Back & Forth (1999), which was set at the turn of the Millennium. The last scene of "Blackadder Goes Forth" (when Blackadder and his guys go "over the top" and into No-Man's-Land) has been described as "bold and poignant." Edmund Blackadder was ranked third on a 2001 Channel 4 survey of the 100 Greatest TV Characters, boasting an acerbic attitude and armed with a slew of quick put-downs (which are often wasted on those at whom they are directed).

The hapless Mr. Bean, Atkinson's other creation, appeared on New Year's Day in 1990 as part of a half-hour special for Thames Television. Mr. Bean's character has been likened to a modern-day Buster Keaton, but Atkinson has stated that Jacques Tati's character Monsieur Hulot was the primary inspiration. "Mr Bean's whole selfish and self-centred, and he doesn't even acknowledge the outside world," Atkinson says. He's a boy in a man's body. Which is what most visual comedians are about: Stan Laurel, Chaplin, Benny Hill.

Several sequels to Mr. Bean appeared on television until 1995, and the character appeared in a feature film later this year. In Not the Nine O'Clock News, Mel Smith, Atkinson's colleague, directed Bean (1997). Mr. Bean's Holiday, a second film, was released in 2007. Inspector Raymond Fowler was portrayed by Atkinson in The Thin Blue Line (1995–96), a television sitcom written by Ben Elton, which takes place in a fictional Gasforth police station.

Atkinson has worked on behalf of Kronenbourg, Fujifilm, and Give Blood. Richard Lathum, a hapless and mistake-prone spy, appeared in a long line of Barclaycard advertisements, based on the actor who played Johnny English, Johnny English Reborn, and Johnny English Strikes Again. In 1999, he appeared as Dr. Curse of Fatal Death, a special Doctor Who serial made for the charity charity Comic Relief. On BBC's Top Gear's Best Buy car in July 2011, Atkinson turned the Kia Cee'd around the track in 1:42.2. His lap time was much quicker than that of previous high-profile record holder Tom Cruise, who was a 1:44.2 seconds, despite placing him at the top of the leaderboard.

Mr. Bean appeared in a comedy sketch during a London performance of "Chariots of Fire" as Mr. Bean, a repetition of a single note on synthesizer. He then devolved into a dream sequence in which he joined the runners from the 1924 Summer Olympics (about the 1924 Summer Olympics), tripping them in their historic run along West Sands at St. Andrews. In Maigret, a series of television shows from ITV, Atkinson starred Jules Maigret.

Atkinson planned to dismiss Mr. Bean in November 2012. "I'm getting a lot less of the stuff that has been most commercially useful for me," Atkinson said in The Daily Telegraph's Review. "I agree that physical fitness begins to decline, but that someone in their 50s being childlike becomes a little sad." You've got to be cautious." He has also stated that the position typecasts him to a degree. Despite these remarks, Atkinson said in 2016 that he would not remove Mr. Bean's name. Atkinson, who appeared on The Graham Norton Show on the BBC in 2018, told Graham Norton that Mr. Bean would return to television again before saying "You must never say never."

In October 2014, Atkinson appeared as Mr. Bean in a Snickers TV commercial. In a sketch for BBC Red Nose Day in which Mr. Bean attends a funeral, he appeared alongside Ben Miller and Rebecca Front in 2015. In the Chinese film Huan Le Xi Ju Ren, Atkinson appeared as Mr. Bean in 2017. In a commercial for Etisalat, a British-based telecommunications firm, Atkinson appeared as Mr. Bean in February 2019. Multiple characters appear in Atkinson's script: a Scottish warrior, a football player, a jungle man, a racing car pilot, a racing car operator, and a masked Spanish vigilante.

Atkinson (as Mr. Bean) received YouTube's Diamond Play Button in October 2018 for his channel's over 10 million followers on YouTube. In 2018, it was one of the world's most watched channels with more than 6.5 billion viewers. In July 2020, Mr. Bean's Facebook fan page with 94 million followers is also "more than the likes of Rihanna, Manchester United, or Harry Potter."

Mr. Bean, his wife, appeared in a new animated series in January 2014, with Rowan Atkinson reprising his role. It was expected to be published as a Web-series later this year, as a television series soon after.

Regular Capital reported that there will be a fifth series of Mr. Bean: The Animated Series in 2019 on February 6th (voiced by Atkinson). "Game Over" and "Special Delivery" were two episodes, consisting of 26 episodes, aired on CITV in the United Kingdom, as well as in Turner channels around the world on 29 April 2019. In February 2019, the five series (104 episodes) were also available on Chinese children's channel CCTV-14.

Atkinson's film career began with a supporting role in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983) and a leading role in Death on Time (also 1983) with Nigel Hawthorne. In 1988, Dennis Jennings' The Appointments of Dennis Jennings won an Academy Award. He appeared in Mel Smith's directorial debut The Tall Guy (1989) and appeared with Anjelica Huston and Mai Zetterling in The Witches (1990), a film adaptation of the Roald Dahl children's novel. In Hot Shots, he appeared as Dexter Hayman. Part II (1993), a parody of Rambo III starring Charlie Sheen, was released.

Atkinson gained more prominence in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994, written and directed by his long time collaborator Richard Curtis), and was featured in Disney's The Lion King (also 1994) as the voice of Zazu the red-billed hornbill. In The Lion King, he performed "I Just Can't Wait to Be King." Atkinson continued to appear in supporting roles in comedies, including Rat Race (2001), Scooby-Doo (2002), jewelry salesman Rufus (1998), and Love Actually (2005), which also starred Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, and Patrick Swayze, as a result of Richard Curtis British-set romantic comedy.

Atkinson has also excelled as a leading man in addition to his supporting roles. Mr. Bean, the television star, rose to international prominence with his 1997 film debut. Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007) (again inspired by Jacques Tati in his film Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot) became a worldwide hit. He has appeared in the James Bond parody Johnny English film series (2003-2012). Atkinson will appear in Wonka, a film that serves as a prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and it will explore Willy Wonka's roots in 2023.

In The Secret Policeman's Ball (1979) in London for Amnesty International, Rowan Atkinson performed live on-stage skits, as well as Monty Python actors. In 1980, Atkinson began a four-month tour of the United Kingdom. Live in Belfast was a recording of the show's appearance that was later published.

Atkinson appeared in a West End revival of the comedy play The Nerd with a 10-year-old Christian Bale in 1984. In 1988 and 1989, Rowan Atkinson, Timothy West, and Cheryl Campbell performed the Sneeze and Other Stories, seven short Anton Chekhov plays, translated and adapted by Michael Frayn.

During the musical Oliver's revival in the West End in 2009, he appeared in a new light. Atkinson played Fagin in Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist. Fagin's performance and singing at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London received raves, and he was nominated for the Olivier Award for best actor in a musical or entertainment.

Rowan Atkinson reprised the role of Blackadder at the Royal Albert Hall in London on November 28, 2012. Baldrick was joined by Tony Robinson as Baldrick. The sketch included the first new Blackadder material for ten years, with Blackadder as CEO of Melchett, Melchett, and Darling bank facing an investigation into the banking crisis.

Atkinson played Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones) and Felicity Montagu in a 12-week production of the Simon Gray play Quartermaine's Terms at Wyndham's Theatre in London in February 2013. With laughter at the Adelphi Theatre in December 2013, he revived his schoolmaster sketch for Royal Free Hospital's Rocks. In a small coffee bar in front of only 30 people a few days before, he did a series of sketches.


The curse of London 2012: How Team GB Olympians have experienced differing fortunes since they became the breakout stars of the games - from doping allegations to marriage splits, July 24, 2024
The London 2012 Olympics are seen by many as some of Britain's most glorious days - with memories of a warm summer shining bright on the country's sporting promise. From Queen Elizabeth's appearance alongside Daniel Craig 's James Bond at the opening ceremony, to Rowan Atkinson playing the keyboard and the Spice Girls reuniting for a spectacular performance, the UK pulled out all the stops while the rest of the world watched on. It's also where many sporting heroes became household names, with the likes of Bradley Wiggins (pictured left), Mo Farah and Rebecca Adlington (pictured right) claiming medals in their respective events. But in the 12 years that have passed since and, as another tournament in Paris approaches, Team GB 's stars have experienced very differing fortunes since the games. From one's star's bankruptcy to doping allegations and multiple marriage splits, success at London 2012 seems to have come with a lasting curse for some of its participants. Here, FEMAIL takes a look at where the London 2012 heroes are now, and the tragedies that have faced them since. Pictured centre right to centre left: Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy.

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