Rowan Atkinson

Actor, Comedian, Writer
Sharp-tongued comic performer known for playing sardonic characters on English TV. Atkinson began his career writing with Richard Curtis (who went on to script much of Atkinson's subsequent work) and performing in ... Read more »
Born: 01/05/1955 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (36)

David Copperfield 2014 (Movie)

Mr Micawber (Actor)

2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

Johnny English Reborn 2011 (Movie)

Johnny English (Actor)

Top Gear 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Idol Gives Back 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Bean's Holiday 2007 (Movie)

Mr Bean (Actor)

Keeping Mum 2006 (Movie)

Walter Goodfellow (Actor)

Johnny English 2003 (Movie)

Johnny English (Actor)

Love Actually 2003 (Movie)

Rufus, Jewellery Salesman (Actor)

Scooby-Doo 2002 (Movie)

Mondavarious (Actor)

Blackadder: Back & Forth 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Maybe Baby 2001 (Movie)

Mr James (Actor)

Rat Race 2001 (Movie)

Enrico Pollini (Actor)

Ohh Nooo!!! Mr. Bill Presents 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Blackadder Back and Forth 1998 (Movie)

Edmund Blackadder (Actor)

Bean 1997 (Movie)

Mr Bean (Actor)

The Thin Blue Line 1995 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Four Weddings and A Funeral 1994 (Movie)

Father Gerald (Actor)

Mr. Bean 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

of Zazu (Voice)

Hot Shots! Part Deux 1993 (Movie)

Dexter Hayman (Actor)

Rowan Atkinson: Not Just Another Pretty Face 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Bernard and the Genie 1990 (Movie)

Charles Pinkworth (Actor)

Blackadder IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Blackadder's Christmas Carol 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Montreal International Comedy Festival 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tall Guy 1990 (Movie)

Ron Anderson (Actor)

The Witches 1990 (Movie)

Mr Stringer (Actor)

Just For Laughs II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Live From London 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Never Say Never Again 1983 (Movie)

Nigel Small-Fawcett (Actor)

Not the Nine O'Clock News 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Secret Policeman's Ball 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Laughing Matters (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (3)

Mr. Bean's Holiday 2007 (Movie)

(from original character) (Source Material)

Bean 1997 (Movie)

from character (Characters as Source Material)

The Secret Policeman's Ball 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (2)

Johnny English 2003 (Movie)

("Thank You For The Music") (Song Performer)

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

("I Just Can't Wait to be King") (Song Performer)
Editor (1)

Mr. Bean (TV Show)

Editor

Biography

Sharp-tongued comic performer known for playing sardonic characters on English TV. Atkinson began his career writing with Richard Curtis (who went on to script much of Atkinson's subsequent work) and performing in comedy revues throughout England. This led to a stint on the celebrated comedy series, "Not the Nine O'Clock News", for which he wrote and acted. Atkinson became famous starring in "The Blackadder", a BBC "situation tragedy" co-written with Curtis. The show spawned three sequel series--"Blackadder II", "Blackadder the Third" and "Blackadder Goes Forth"--which chronicled the life of the initially aristocratic Edmond Blackadder and his gradual descent down the English social ladder. Miranda Richardson, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry co-starred with Atkinson in the show's various incarnations.

Relationships

Ella May Atkinson

Mother

Eric Atkinson

Father

Lily Atkinson Actor

Daughter
mother, Sunetra Sastry

Benjamin Atkinson

Son
mother, Sunetra Sastry

Rodney Atkinson

Brother
older

Rupert Atkinson

Brother
older

Sunetra Sastry

Wife
met on the set of "Blackadder" married in 1990

EDUCATION

Newcastle University

University of Oxford

Oxford , England
enrolled in 1975

Milestones

2011

Reprised role of the titular spy in the sequel "Johnny English Reborn"

2007

Reprised role of Mr. Bean for "Mr. Bean's Vacation"

2006

Cast in the leading role of a village vicar in the British comedy "Keeping Mum"

2003

Starred as a bumbling spy who can't get anything right in the comedy "Johnny English"

2003

Joined the ensemble cast of the romantic comedy "Love Actually"

2001

Offered a scene-stealing comic turn as an Italian tourist selected to participate in a hilarious "Rat Race"

2000

Appeared in "Maybe Baby"

1997

Reprised role of Mr. Bean for the big screen comedy "Bean"

1995

Starred on the British sitcom "Thin Blue Line" (BBC)

1990

Co-wrote (with Richard Curtis) and starred on the ITV series "Mr. Bean"

1989

Starred in the West End production of "The Sneeze"

1989

Starred in "Blackadder Goes Forth"

1987

Starred in "Blackadder the Third"

1986

Starred in "Blackadder II" (first collaboration with Ben Elton)

1985

Starred in the West End production of "The Nerd"

1983

Co-wrote (with Richard Curtis) and starred as the title role on the BBC series "The Blackadder"

1983

First non-comic feature role, "Never Say Never Again"

1980

Named BBC Personality of the Year

1979

Feature acting and writing debut, "The Secret Policeman's Ball"

1979

Joined the English series "Not the Nine O'Clock News" as a writer (with Richard Curtis) and performer

1977

Wrote and performed comedy revues with Richard Curtis at the Oxford Playhouse and the Edinburgh Fringe

Bonus Trivia

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"Atkinson is unusual in the sense that he's equally adept at both intricate verbal humor and slapstick physical comedy. Few comedians this side of Steve Martin are as accomplished in both areas. But there's also an obviousness to many of Atkinson's skits that make them tiresome. His favorite persona is that of the blissful idiot...I doubt that Atkinson will ever be a big star in America. For all his talent, his more mannerly sketches seem clever but too mild, while his crassest creations are comic criticisms of the kind of social and cultural inhibitions we vulgar Americans overcame a long time ago...Atkinson can be really funny, but there's something bloodless about his comedy as well." – Ken Tucker on Atkinson, Entertainment Weekly, March 6, 1992

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