Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean)

Posted On: 02 May, 2014

Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean)

Quick Facts

Date of Birth January 06, 1955
Age 66 Years 2 Month(s)
Nationality English
Profession Actor
Wife/Spouse Sunetra Sastry
Girlfriend No
Ethnicity White
Is Gay/Lesbian No
Divorced? Not Yet
Married Yes
Net Worth $130 Million Dollars
Height 180 cm
Weight 180 lbs
Children/Kids Lily Atkinson, Benjamin Atkinson

Everyone knows the character "Mr. Bean" of a comedy sitcom Mr. Bean, which is a silence comedy. Mr. Bean's name is Rowan Sebastian Atkinson. He was born on 6 January 1955 in Consett, County Durham, England. Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is also an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter. His other work includes the sitcom The Thin Blue Line (1995–96) and Blackadder. His parents were Eric Atkinson, a farmer and company director, and his wife Ella May. Rowan is the youngest among four brothers. Rowan attended Durham Choristers School, St. Bees School, and later received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Newcastle University.  He continued the degree of M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at The Queen's College, Oxford in 1975. 

Atkinson starred in a series of comedy shows called The Atkinson People for BBC Radio 3 in 1978 which was written by Atkinson and Richard Curtis, and produced by Griff Rhys Jones. Atkinson did a one-off pilot for London Weekend Television called Canned Laughter. After that he then went on to do "Not the Nine O'Clock News" for the BBC, produced by his friend John Lloyd along with Pamela Stephenson, Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith, and he was one of the main sketch writers. The success of “Not the Nine O'Clock News" led him to take the main role in the medieval sitcom The Black Adder (1983). 

Atkinson's other creation, the hapless Mr. Bean, first appeared in Thames Television on New Year's Day in 1990 in a half-hour special. The character of Mr. Bean has become so popular since then. At this time, Atkinson also appeared at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal in 1987 and 1989. Mr. Bean's character even appeared in a feature film in 1997 named Bean which was directed by Mel Smith, Atkinson's colleague in Not the Nine O'Clock News. After that, Mr. Bean's Holiday, was released in 2007. 

In 1995 and 1996, Atkinson portrayed Inspector Raymond Fowler in The Thin Blue Line television sitcom. He appeared as a hapless and error-prone espionage agent named Richard Lathum in a long-running series of adverts for Barclaycard. Atkinson also starred in a comedy spoof of doctor who and the Curse of Fatal death as the Doctor, for a "Red Nose Day" benefit. In 2011, Atkinson appeared as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car on top gear. Apart from this, he also appeared at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony as Mr. Bean in a comedy sketch during a performance of "Chariots of Fire", playing a repeated single note on synthesiser. In November 2012, the character of Mr. Bean was retired. 

Atkinson's starts his film career with a supporting role in the 'unofficial' James Bond movie Never Say Never Again (1983) and a leading role in Dead on Time (1983) along with Nigel Hawthorne. He also appeared in the short film Appointments of Dennis Jennings. This movie also won the Oscar Award.  He portrayed the part of Dexter Hayman in Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), a parody of Rambo III, starring Charlie Sheen. Atkinson continued to appear in supporting roles in comedies, including Rat Race (2001), Scooby-Doo (2002), Love Actually (2003) and the crime comedy Keeping Mum (2005). Apart from this, Rowan has also done many Theater performances including The Secret Policeman's Ball and Quartermaine’s Terms to name few. Atkinson has also penned down many quotes which is found in various sites. 

Atkinson has a great passion for cars and has also written for the British magazines Car, Octane, Evo, and "SuperClassics", in which he reviewed the McLaren F1 in 1995. He is also fond of car collection. He owns a McLaren F1, which was involved in an accident in Cabus, near Garstang, with an Austin Metro in October 1999. Again in August 2011, it was damaged in a crash when it caught fire after Atkinson lost control and hit a tree. He has previously owned a Honda NSX, Audi A8 and a Honda Civic Hybrid. But, Atkinson said that he will not own Porsche - "I have a problem with Porsches. They're wonderful cars, but I know I could never live with one. Somehow, the typical Porsche people – and I wish them no ill – are not, I feel, my kind of people. I don't go around saying that Porsches are a pile of dung, but I do know that psychologically I couldn't handle owning one." 

Atkinson and Leslie Ash were in a relationship before. But, Rowan married Sunetra Sastry in 1990. They met for the first time in 1980, when Sunetra was a makeup artist at BBC. Atkinson and his wife Sunetra have two children, daughter Lily and son Benjamin. Later, after 23 years of marriage, Atkinson filed a divorced with his wife Sunetra in 2014. Now, he is seen with his next girlfriend Louise Ford, who is an actress. 

Atkinson's height of success cannot be expressed with words. He is one of the successful celebrity and also gets a handsome salary for his work. His net worth is known to be $130 million, which is a top level among the celebrities.

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