Rowan Atkinson young
January 6, 1955
5 ft 11 in | 180 cm
80 kg | 178 lbs
40 in | 102 cm
11 US | 44 EU
34 in | 86 cm
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born in Consett, County Durham, England, on January 6, 1955, is an English actor and comedian.
Young Rowan Atkinson first started performing during his years at The Queen's College, Oxford.
He landed his first big break in The Oxford Revue at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (1976).
He began his professional career on BBC Radio 3 comedy shows The Atkinson People (1979).
He got his television debut in British one-off comedy programme Canned Laughter (1979), he played three roles: Robert Box / Mr. Marshall / radio announcer.
Rowan's breakthrough performance came in BBC sketch comedy show Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979–1982) in various roles, for which he won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance in 1981.
He made his big screen debut in Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983) in role as Nigel Small-Fawcett.
He won an Olivier Award for his various roles in one–man show Rowan Atkinson in Revue (1981) at the Globe Theatre.
One Red Nose Day and a Wedding (2019) short comedy in role as Father Gerald
He portrayed Johnny English in action comedy films:
Johnny English (2003), for which he was nominated for European Film Award for Best Actor
Johnny English Reborn (2011)
Johnny English Strikes Again (2018)
He played character Mr. Bean on big screen in comedy films:
Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
He was nominated for the American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role as Father Gerald in romantic comedy movie Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994).
Keeping Mum (2005) black comedy opposite Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas and Patrick Swayze
Rat Race (2001) adventure comedy with Whoopi Goldberg and John Cleese
The Tall Guy (1989) romantic comedy with Jeff Goldblum and Emma Thompson
Love Actually (2003) romantic comedy with Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson and Hugh Grant
The Witches (1990) dark fantasy horror comedy with Anjelica Huston
Maybe Baby (2000) romance comedy with Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson
He won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance in 1990, for Blackadder series (1983-1989):
The Black Adder (1983) in role as Prince Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh
Blackadder II (1986) in role as Lord Edmund Blackadder
Blackadder the Third (1987) in role as Edmund Blackadder Esq
Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988) television special in role as Ebenezer Blackadder
Blackadder Goes Forth (1989) in role as Captain Edmund Blackadder
He played Lord Blackadder / King Edmund III / Centurion Blaccadius in sci-fi comedy television film Blackadder: Back & Forth (1999).
He was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance in 1991 and 1994, for his role as Mr. Bean in British sitcom Mr. Bean. (1990-1995).
He voiced Mr. Bean in animated sitcom Mr. Bean: The Animated Series (2002–2004, 2015–2019).
He won a CableACE Award for Writing an Entertainment Special for television special Rowan Atkinson Live (1992), also he was nominated for the CableACE Award for Performance in a Comedy Special.
He played various roles in shows The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1981).
Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death (1990) television special in role as The Doctor
The Thin Blue Line (1995-1996) BBC sitcom in role as Inspector Raymond Fowler
Maigret (2016-2017) British television series in role as Chief Inspector Jules Maigret
Attended Durham Choristers School and St Bees School.
Attended Newcastle University and Oxford University.
He is youngest of four brothers.
He voiced Zazu in animated musical film The Lion King (1994).
He owns fast cars and is a participant in car racing.
He is an atheist.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2013.
Featured in music videos for:
Boyzone "Picture of You" (1997)
Olly Murs (Featuring Snoop Dogg) "Moves" (2018)
He was married to Sunetra Sastry (1990-2015), they have two children, Ben and Lily.
He is in a relationship with Louise Ford, since 2014, they have one child.
People think because I can make them laugh on the stage, I'll be able to make them laugh in person. That isn't the case at all. I am essentially a rather quiet dull person who just happens to be a performer.
Mr. Bean is essentially a child trapped in the body of a man. All cultures identify with children in a similar way, so he has this bizarre global outreach. And 10-year old boys from different cultures have more in common than 30-year-olds. As we grow up, we acquire this sensibility that divides us.
I think the character does tend to suit an episodic thing, because what's fun about him is that he doesn't care about anyone else, and it's very difficult for a main character a lead character in a movie to not care about anybody else.
Mr. Bean is at his best when he is not using words, but I am equally at home in both verbal and nonverbal expression.
I'm more critical of the films I make than anyone else.
I consider myself more of a visual comedian than a physical one.
I think the character does tend to suit an episodic thing, because what's fun about him is that he doesn't care about anyone else, and it's very difficult for a main character - a lead character - in a movie to not care about anybody else.