Rowan Atkinson Biography, Age, Height, Early Life, Career and More

Rowan Atkinson Biography, Age, Height, Early Life, Career and More
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Posted By: Aqib Khan | December 18, 2018

Rowan Atkinson Biography:-

Rowan Atkinson is a famous English actor and screenwriter. He is well-known and extremely popular for his works “Mr. Bean” and “Black Adder.” He is a celebrated comic actor and writer in England and worldwide as well. He is best-known for his role as “Mr. Bean” in a successful, popular and blockbuster television series and also two feature films of the same name. He is also famous for his perfect comic looks and expressions. His fantastic skill is that he can change his looks and expressions from seriousness to comedy in a matter of seconds. He learned these skills while he was attending Oxford University.

Besides “Mr. Bean” comedy series, he attracted the audience with his appearance in “The Black Adder.” His physical comedy is admirable. In his early life, he wrote and performed with Richard Curtis at the Oxford Playhouse and then at the Edinburgh Fringe. Eventually, he got much popularity and became able to write and act in another popular television comedy series “Not the Nine O’ Clock News.” Rowan entered the world of Hollywood movies with the James Bond thriller “Never Say Never Again.” After this performance, he appeared in some movies including “Keeping Mum,” “Bean,” “JohnnyEnglish,” “The Lion King,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “The Witches.” This article will provide you with a lot of information about this comic character. Stay calm and keep reading.

Rowan Atkinson Biography

Childhood and Early Life:-

Rowan Atkinson (born on 6th January 1955 AD in Consett, County Durham, England). His father’s name was Eric Atkinson, and his mother’s name was Ella May Atkinson. He is the youngest one among the four children of this couple. In his early years, he studied in Durham Choristers School and St. Bees School. Later he got admission in Newcastle University and did electrical engineering from there. In 1975, he entered The Queen’s College, Oxford for some specialization in electrical engineering. It was the time when he met with Richard Curtis, the future screenwriter. With Richard, he started writing and acting on comedy series at Oxford Playhouse and the Edinburgh festival fringe.

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Rowan Atkinson Career:-

1978, he began his acting career with the appearance in the series of comedy shows for BBC Radio 3 namely “The Atkinson People.”In 1979, he appeared in “Not the Nine O’ Clock News,” a television comedy sketch show. This comedy show, he worked with Pamela Stephenson, Chris Langham, Griff Rhys Jones, and Mel Smith. Due to his widespread local success, he earned the role of “The Black Adder.” It was aired in 1983 and continued even until the next decade.

In 1983, he also appeared in a supporting role in James Bond film “Never Say Never Again.” In the same year, he also performed a lead role in the movie “Dead on Time.” During the years from 1987 to 1989, he was offered to perform in “Just for Laughs” Festival in Montreal. At that time, he was also working on “The Black Adder.” Around this time, he also appeared in “The Tall Guy” and “The Appointments of Dennis Jennings.”

Mr. Bean:-

It was the year 1990 when he appeared in a role of the wretched, buffoon Mr. Bean in a show called “Mr. Bean”. At that time, Rowan did not know that the role in this series would change his life and would earn his position as one of the greatest British comedians of all time. In the same year, he appeared in the movie “The Witches.”He became more famous and recognized with the movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral” in 1994. Until 1995, many successful sequels of “Mr. Bean” rocked the industry. His next series titled as “Bean” that was also a successful work. He also performed as inspector Raymond Fowler in “The Thin Blue Line.”

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Rowan Atkinson Biography

Other Works:-

After all these works, he then performed as a supporting actor in several movies such as “Love Actually,” “Scooby-Doo,” “Johnny English” and “Rat Race.” After two years, he performed in the crime comedy “Keeping Mum.” In this film, he worked Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, and Patrick Swayze”. Apart from supporting roles, he once again turned to Bean film, and this time its title was “Mr. Bean’s Holiday” and it released in 2007.

In 2011, he performed in the sequel of James Bond Parody movie “Johnny English Reborn.” This movie earned a huge business and got a positive reception from the audience. It was 2012 when Atkinson officially announced that he was officially retiring from the character of Mr. Bean and there would be no more movies or series on this famous character. He appeared in the play “Quartermaine’s Terms” at a theatre in London in 2013.

Major Works:-

Following are some best movies by Rowan Atkinson, and all these are worth seeing:

1.      Mr. Bean series (Began in 1995)
2.      The Black Adder (1983)
3.      Johnny English (2001)
4.      Johnny English Reborn (2013)
5.      Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2007)
6.      The Witches (1990)
7.      Four Weddings and a Funeral(1994)

Awards and Achievements:-

 Rowan Atkinson won many awards throughout his career, but above all was that he got in 2013. In 2013, he got the honor with the title of “Commander of the Order of the British Empire.” Following are his other awards:

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BAFTA Awards for Best Light Entertainment Performance – 1981.
Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Comedy Performance – 1981.
BAFTA Awards for Best Light Entertainment Performance – 1990

Rowan Atkinson Personal Life:-

On the other hand, 5th February 1990 he married Sunetra Sastry, and they were blessed with two children, Lily Atkinson, and Benjamin Atkinson. Now they are living in Apethorpe, Northamptonshire, London. Apart from acting and writing, he also remained active in politics and supported for the “Reform Section 5 Campaign”. He also forced to review the controversial “Racial and Religious Hatred Bill.”

In fact, he is also a car-lover and racer. He wrote for many car magazines and appeared in famous television shows “Top Gear” and “Full Throttle.” He took part in many car races including the Aston Martin.

Rowan Atkinson Biography


This famous English comic actor has a private jet. Once the pilot of his private jet fainted during the flight, he managed to steer the plane for several minutes in the air until the pilot regained consciousness. Another fact about Rowan Atkison is that he used his car Aston Martin DB7 Vantage in the movie “Johnny English.”

Rowan Atkinson Net Worth:-

Rowan Atkinson has an estimated net worth of almost $130 million (estimated on 20th January 2017). He owns two houses, the first in Apethorpe, Northamptonshire, London and the other Handsmooth House in Oxfordshire. He is a car-lover and has a very fine collection of cars including McLaren F1, Honda Civic Hybrid, a Honda NSX, Audi A8, and Aston Martin V-8 Zagato.

Rowan Atkinson Biography

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