Rowan Atkinson – Best Known For His Role As Mr. Bean

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On January 6, 1955, Rowan Atkinson was born in Consett, County Durham, England. His parents, farmer and business director Eric Atkinson and Ella May (née Bainbridge), wed on June 29, 1945. He was the youngest of four brothers. His three older brothers are Rodney, an economist who narrowly lost the UK Independence Party leadership contest in 2000. Rupert and Paul who passed away as an infant.

Atkinson was raised as an Anglican and had his education at St. Bees School before transferring to the Durham Chorister School a preparatory institution. Tony Blair, the future prime minister attended Durham Choristers while attending school in Consett alongside Rodney, Rowan and their older brother Rupert. He was accepted to Newcastle University and earned a degree in electrical and electronic engineering there after getting top marks in his science A levels. He met scriptwriter Richard Curtis at that time, and the two collaborated on comic revues.

In 1983, Atkinson made his acting debut in a supporting role in the James Bond movie Never Say Never Again. He appeared in the hit movie Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994 and he provided Zazu’s voice in The Lion King. Atkinson has kept acting in supporting roles in different comedies.

In the two Bean movies, Bean and Mr. Bean’s Holiday, Rowan Atkinson portrayed Mr. Bean. He starred in the critically acclaimed 2003 film Johnny English as the title character. According to Atkinson, Mr. Bean’s appearance in Mr. Bean’s Holiday might be his final appearance.

Later in 1979 he co-wrote and starred in Not the Nine O’Clock News, a tremendous hit that inspired a number of best-selling books. It was named the “Best Light Entertainment Program of 1980” by the British Academy and received an International Emmy Award. He was named “BBC Personality of the Year” and received the “British Academy Award” for his work in Not the Nine O’Clock News (1979).

Atkinson also made many film appearances, including Dead on Time (1983), Pleasure at Her Majesty’s (1976), Never Say Never Again (1983) and The Tall Guy (1983). (1989). He played “Mr. Bean” in the TV show Mr. Bean (1990) although he also made appearances in Not the Nine O’Clock News (1979), Blackadder (1982), Funny Business (1992), and other programmes.

Atkinson and Sunetra Sastry got married in February 1990 after first meeting when Sastry was a cosmetics artist for the BBC in the late 1980s. Living in Apethorpe, they were parents of two kids. After meeting while appearing in a play together Atkinson, then 58, started an affair with comedian Louise Ford, 32, in 2013. Ford broke up with comedian James Acaster in order to be with Atkinson, who later divorced his wife in 2015 after they had separated in 2014.

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