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Rowan Atkinson
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Atkinson at the Johnny English Reborn Premiere in 2011.
Birth name Rowan Sebastian Atkinson
Born 6 January 1955 (1955-01-06) (age 64)
Consett, County Durham England
Medium Film, television, stand-up
Nationality British
Years active 1979–present
Genres Physical comedy
Influences Peter Sellers, Charlie Chaplin, Jacques Tati
Influenced Steve Pemberton, David Walliams
Spouse Sunetra Sastry
(m. 1990-2015, divorced)
Relative(s) Rodney Atkinson (brother)
Notable works and roles Not the Nine O'Clock News
The Thin Blue Line
Mr. Bean
Johnny English
BAFTA Awards
Best Light Entertainment Performance
1981 Not the Nine O'Clock News
1990 Blackadder Goes Forth
Laurence Olivier Awards
Best Comedy Performance
1981 Rowan Atkinson in Revue

Rowan Atkinson (born 6 January 1955) is a English comedian, actor and writer, best known for his characters of Mr. Bean and Blackadder. He has also been in films such as Scooby Doo and Johnny English. He has been listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest actors in British comedy, and amongst the top 50 comedians ever in a 2005 poll of fellow comedians.

Marriage and children

Rowan Atkinson first met Sunetra Sastry in the late 1980s, when she was working as a make-up artist with the BBC. Sastry is the daughter of an Indian father and a British mother. The couple married at the Russian Tea Room in New York City on 5 February 1990. They have two children and lived in Oundle, Northamptonshire as well as in Ipsden, Oxfordshire and in Highbury, London. The couple separated in 2014 and divorced in 2015. Atkinson was formerly in a relationship with actress Leslie Ash.

Television appearances

  • Canned Laughter (1979), an experimental sitcom pilot for LWT
  • The Secret Policeman's Ball (1979), a charity special for Amnesty International
  • Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979–1982)
  • Peter Cook & Co (1980)
  • The Innes Book of Records (1980), guest appearance
  • Blackadder as Prince Edmund (The Black Adder); Lord Blackadder (Blackadder II); Edmund Blackadder (Blackadder III); Ebenezer Blackadder (Blackadder's Christmas Carol); and Captain Blackadder (Blackadder Goes Forth) (1983–1989)
  • Saturday Live as guest host (1986)
  • Mr. Bean as Mr. Bean (1990–2009 various times)
  • Rowan Atkinson Live as assorted characters (1992) (VHS of live sketches)
  • Bernard and the Genie as Bernard's Boss (1991) (TV movie)
  • Funny Business (1992), a documentary about the craft of comedy
  • A Bit Of Fry And Laurie (1992), guest appearance
  • The Thin Blue Line as Inspector Raymond Fowler (1995–1996)
  • The Story of Bean as himself (1997)
  • Blackadder: Back and Forth as Black Adder (2000)
  • Mr. Bean (animated TV series) as Mr. Bean, voice (2002)
  • The Comic Relief "Red Nose Day" telecasts, including appearances in:
    • Blackadder: The Cavalier Years as Edmund Blackadder (1988)
    • Nosenight sketches (1989)
    • Mr Bean's Red Nose Day as Mr. Bean (1991)
    • (I Wanna Be) Elected as Mr. Bean (1992)
    • Blind Date with Mr Bean as Mr. Bean (1993)
    • Torvill and Bean as Mr Bean (1995)
    • Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death as The Doctor (1999)
    • Popsters as Nasty Neville (2001)
    • Lying to Michael Jackson as Martin Bashir (2003)
    • Spider-Plant Man as Peter Piper and Spider-Plant Man (2005)
    • Mr Bean's Wedding as Mr. Bean (2007)
    • The Greatest Worst Bits of Comic Relief as himself (2007)
  • We Are Most Amused (2008), a special show to celebrate Prince Charles' 60th birthday
  • Blackadder Rides Again as himself (2008)
  • Not Again: Not the Nine O'Clock News as himself (2009)

Guest appearances

  • Wogan (1988, 1991)
  • Children in Need (1988), guest appearance as Mr. E. Blackadder
  • Noel's House Party, guest appearance as Blackadder
  • Going Live, guest appearance as Mr. Bean
  • This Morning (1995), guest appearance as Mr. Bean
  • Big Breakfast
  • Parkinson (2003)
  • Blue Peter (2004, 2007), guest appearance as Mr. Bean
  • London Tonight (2005)
  • BBC Breakfast (2007)
  • Richard & Judy (2007)
  • The Dame Edna Treatment (2007), guest appearance as Mr. Bean
  • Top Gear (2011)


Year Title Role Notes
1979 The Secret Policeman's Ball Various roles Solo skits, plus with Monty Python
1982 Fundamental Frolics Himself
1982 The Secret Policeman's Other Ball Himself & various roles
1983 Dead on Time Bernard Fripp
Never Say Never Again Nigel Small-Fawcett a spy film based on the James Bond novel Thunderball
1989 The Appointments of Dennis Jennings Dr. Schooner Short Film
The Tall Guy Ron Anderson
1990 The Witches Mr. Stringer
1991 The Driven Man Himself TV
Also Writer
1993 Hot Shots! Part Deux Dexter Hayman
1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral Father Gerald
The Lion King Zazu Voice Only
1997 Bean Mr. Bean Also Writer/Executive Producer
2000 Maybe Baby Mr. James
2001 Rat Race Enrico Pollini
2002 Scooby-Doo Emile Mondavarious
2003 Johnny English Johnny English
Love Actually Rufus Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
2005 Keeping Mum Reverend Walter Goodfellow
2007 Mr. Bean's Holiday Mr. Bean Also Writer & Producer
2011 Johnny English Reborn Johnny English Also Executive Producer

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