|Rowan Atkinson Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||January 6, 1955|
Rowan Atkinson is an English actor, comedian, and writer who is best known for portraying title roles in Blackadder, Mr. Bean, and Johnny English. He has also appeared in a variety of other TV shows and films such as Dead on Time, Never Say Never Again, The Tall Guy, Hot Shots! Part Deux, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Maybe Baby, Love Actually, Wonka, The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball, Bernard and the Genie, A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death, Man vs. Bee, and many more. His theatre credits include plays like The Nerd, The Sneeze, and Quartermaine’s Terms. For his acting skills, Rowan has been honored with numerous awards such as the British Academy Television Award and Olivier Award.
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson
Row, Mr. Bean, Ro Atkinson
Consett, County Durham, England
Rowan attended Durham Choristers School from where he later transferred to St. Bees School.
After graduating from high school, Atkinson joined Newcastle University from where he did Electrical Engineering.
Upon his graduation, Rowan wanted to do MSc in Electrical Engineering and so enrolled himself at The Queen’s College, Oxford where he became an Honorary Fellow in 2006.
Actor, comedian, screenwriter
- Father – Eric Atkinson (Farmer and company director)
- Mother – Ella May (nee Bainbridge)
- Siblings – Paul Atkinson (Older Brother) (Died as an infant), Rodney Atkinson (Older Brother) (Eurosceptic Economist), Rupert Atkinson (Older Brother)
Atkinson is signed with PBJ Management.
5 ft 11 in or 180 cm
80½ kg or 178 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Rowan Atkinson dated –
- Leslie Ash – In the past, Rowan had been in a relationship with the British actress Leslie Ash.
- Sunetra Sastry (1990-2014) – On February 5, 1990, Rowan Atkinson married an English makeup artist Sunetra Sastry whom he met with back in the 1980s. The couple stayed together until 2014 when they parted ways. Rowan and Sunetra filled the divorce papers on November 10, 2015. Together they have a daughter Lily and a son Benjamin.
- Louise Ford (2014-Present) – Since 2014, Atkinson is in a relationship with Louise Ford.
Race / Ethnicity
- Can make several funny faces
- Over-articulation of the “B” sound
Atkinson has been seen in TV commercials for Snickers, Barclaycard (1991-1997), Fuji camera film (1999), M&M chocolate candy (1997), Kronenbourg 1644, Appletiser (1983), REMA 1000 Supermarkets, Nissan Tino, etc.
Rowan is an atheist.
Best Known For
His acts as Mr. Bean in the same named sitcom Mr. Bean (1990-1995) and as Johnny English in the comedy movies Johnny English (2003) and Johnny English Reborn (2011).
Rowan first acted in the movie Fundamental Frolics (1992) as himself.
However, he had his first featured role in the 1983 spy film in Never Say Never Again when he played the character of Nigel Small-Fawcett.
First Radio Show
Rowan performed in the comedy show called The Atkinson People transmitted on the BBC Radio 3 in 1978. The show included numerous interviews with fictional great people which were acted by Atkinson.
First TV Show
In 1979, Atkinson appeared in the pilot episode of the sitcom Canned Laughter as Robert Box.
Rowan Atkinson Facts
- He wanted to retire from the comedy show Mr. Bean. However in January 2014, it was announced that the TV show will feature animated episodes of Mr. Bean which will be also acted by Atkinson himself.
- He often plays authority characters.
- Rowan has been diagnosed with a speech disorder called Stammer (also known as stuttering) which disturbs the flow of the speech and it results in repeating words or unnatural pauses (blocks) while talking.
- Many times, his visual outlook has been matched with the American actor Buster Keaton.
- In March 2001, Atkinson went to Kenya on a holiday but during his flight, the pilot of the plane collapsed. Rowan handled the situation by maintaining the plane in the air until the pilot recovered. The pilot later managed to land at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport.
- Rowan owns a driving license C+E (In the past known as “Class 1”).
- In the period from 1997 until 2015, Atkinson held ownership of a rare F1 McLaren car. He had several incidents with the car in 1999 in Cabus near Garstang and in 2011 when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. After the accident, Rowan’s F1 car needed to go through a rigorous repair process because serious damage was done. The insurance payout was worth 910,000 British pounds.
- Being a passionate car lover, Atkinson has owned Honda NSX, Audi A8, Skoda Superb, Aston Martin V8 Zagato with which he had an accident in July 2001; then, Honda Civic Hybrid, Aston Martin DB7 Vantage which he used in the movie Johnny English (2003) and numerous others.
- In the 2013 Birthday Honors, for services to drama and charity, Rowan was decided the Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
- He is known for conflicting with the Serious Organized Crime and Police Act 2005 law.
- He has worked as a writer for CAR (British car magazine).
- Rowan holds an HGV license (Heavy Goods Vehicle – the term for a vehicle that weighs over 3.5 tons gross vehicle weight).