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Rowan Atkinson
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Atkinson in 2011
Birth name Rowan Sebastian Atkinson
Born 6 January 1955 (1955-01-06) (age 66)
Consett, County Durham, England
Medium Stand-up, television, film
Alma mater Newcastle University
The Queen's College, Oxford
Years active 1978–present
Sunetra Sastry
(m. 1990; div. 2015)
Partner(s) Louise Ford
Children 3
Relative(s) Rodney Atkinson (brother)
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Rowan Sebastian Atkinson CBE (born 6 January 1955) is an English actor, comedian and writer. He is best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder (1983–1989) and Mr. Bean (1990–1995). Atkinson first came to prominence in the BBC's sketch comedy show Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979–1982), receiving the 1981 BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance, and via his participation in The Secret Policeman's Ball from 1979. His other work includes the 1983 James Bond film Never Say Never Again, playing a bumbling vicar in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), voicing the red-billed hornbill Zazu in The Lion King (1994), and playing jewellery salesman Rufus in Love Actually (2003). He also featured in the BBC sitcom The Thin Blue Line (1995–1996). His work in theatre includes the 2009 West End revival of the musical Oliver!.

Atkinson was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest actors in British comedy, and among the top 50 comedians ever, in a 2005 poll of fellow comedians. Throughout his career he has collaborated with screenwriter Richard Curtis and composer Howard Goodall, both of whom he met at the Oxford University Dramatic Society during the 1970s. In addition to his 1981 BAFTA, he received an Olivier Award for his 1981 West End theatre performance in Rowan Atkinson in Revue. He has also had cinematic success with his performances in the Mr. Bean movie adaptations Bean and Mr. Bean's Holiday, and also in the Johnny English film series (2003–2018). He also appears as the titular character in Maigret (2016–2017).

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.



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Fundamental Frolics Himself Short film
1983 Dead on Time Bernard Fripp Short Film
1983 Never Say Never Again Nigel Small-Fawcett
1988 The Appointments of Dennis Jennings Dr. Schooner Short Film
1989 The Tall Guy Ron Anderson
1990 The Witches Mr. Stringer
1993 Hot Shots! Part Deux Dexter Hayman
1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral Father Gerald
1994 The Lion King Zazu Voice
1997 Bean Mr. Bean Also executive Producer
2000 Maybe Baby Mr. James
2001 Rat Race Enrico Pollini
2002 Scooby-Doo Emile Mondavarious
2003 Johnny English Johnny English Nominated — European Film Award for Best Actor
2003 Love Actually Rufus
2005 Keeping Mum Reverend Walter Goodfellow
2007 Mr. Bean's Holiday Mr. Bean
2011 Johnny English Reborn Johnny English
2017 Huan Le Xi Ju Ren Mr. Bean Cameo
2018 Johnny English Strikes Again Johnny English Also producer


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Canned Laughter Robert Box Pilot; also writer
1979 The Secret Policeman's Ball Himself Television special
1979–1982 Not the Nine O'Clock News Various roles 28 episodes; also writer
1980 Peter Cook & Co Various roles Television special
1980 The Innes Book of Records 1 episode
1981 The Secret Policeman's Other Ball Various roles Television special
1983 The Black Adder Prince Edmund Plantagenet 6 episodes; also co-creator and writer
1986 Blackadder II Edmund, Lord Blackadder 6 episodes
1986 Saturday Live Himself (host) 1 episodes
1987 Blackadder the Third Edmund Blackadder 6 episodes
1988 Blackadder: The Cavalier Years Sir Edmund Blackadder Television short
1988 Blackadder's Christmas Carol Ebenezer Blackadder Television special
1989 Blackadder Goes Forth Captain Edmund Blackadder 6 episodes
1990–1995 Mr. Bean Mr. Bean 15 episodes; also co-creator and writer
1991 Bernard and the Genie Bernard's Boss Television film
1991 The Driven Man Himself Television documentary; also writer
1992 Rowan Atkinson Live Himself Television special; also writer
1992 Funny Business Kevin / Narrator 6 episodes; also writer
1992 A Bit of Fry & Laurie Guest 1 episode
1992 Laughing Matters Himself (host) Television documentary
1995 Full Throttle Captain Henry "Tim" Birkin Television biography
1995–1996 The Thin Blue Line Inspector Raymond Fowler 14 episodes
1999 Blackadder: Back & Forth Lord Blackadder / King Edmund III / Centurion Blaccadius Television film
1999 Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death The Doctor Television special
2001 Popsters Nasty Neville Television short
Mr. Bean Mr. Bean Voice
Also executive producer
2003 Lying to Michael Jackson Martin Bashir Television short
2005 Spider-Plant Man Peter Piper/Spider-Plant Man Television short
2010 Bondi Rescue Mr. Bean 1 episode
2012 The Olympics Opening Ceremony Mr. Bean Television special
2013 Live from Lambeth Palace sketches The Archbishop of Canterbury Television special
2015 Horrible Histories Henry VIII of England 1 episode
2016–2017 Maigret Jules Maigret 4 episodes
2017 Red Nose Day Actually Rufus Television short
2019 One Red Nose and a Wedding Father Gerald Television short

Television advertisements

Year Title Role
1980 Kronenbourg 1664 Customs officer
1983 Appletiser Fisherman
1989 Give Blood Doctor
1991–1997 Barclaycard Richard Latham
1994 REMA 1000 Mr. Bean
1997 M&M's Mr. Bean
1999 Nissan Tino Mr. Bean
2014 Snickers Mr. Bean
2018 Etisalat Agent One

Music video appearances

Year Title Role
2018 Olly Murs "Moves"
(featuring Snoop Dogg)
As a Bartender


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Rowan Atkinson in Revue Various roles Also writer
Globe Theatre
Rowan Atkinson in New Revue Various roles
1984 The Nerd Willum Cubbert Aldwych Theatre
1986 Rowan Atkinson at the Atkinson Various roles Also writer
Brooks Atkinson Theatre
1988 The Sneeze Various roles Aldwych Theatre
2009 Oliver! Fagin Drury Lane
2013 Quartermaine's Terms St. John Quartermaine Wyndham's Theatre

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