|Net Worth:||€ 130 million|
|Country of origin:||Great Britain|
|Source of wealth:||actor|
Rowan Atkinson is a British actor born in England, who is internationally known for his role as “Mr. Bean ”came to fame. In his homeland he was known since the beginning of his career as a comedian in 1979, especially because of his participation in the series “Blackadder” from 1982 he became very popular. Since the end of the character “Mr. He also appears in various films and plays.
Rowan Atkinson was born the youngest of four of his parents’ children in the city of Consett in England. His parents were farmers and entrepreneurs. Rowan Atkinson was raised Anglican. After leaving school, he first wanted to become an electrical engineer, which he also studied in Oxford. But already in 1979 he appeared as part of a comedy ensemble in the BBC. With his role in “Blackadder” he finally became extremely well known and popular across the UK.
“Blackadder” is a four-season comedy series that focuses on various topics in English history and idiosyncrasies of the English. Since the extremely successful word joke that made up many gags in it is difficult to translate, its popularity was for a long time limited to the English-speaking world.
That changed enormously when in 1989 he made the art figure “Mr. Bean ”, which also works almost exclusively with slapstick and pantomime. Usually the character speaks “Mr. Bean ”not, which of course made the humor understandable even without language. Although only 15 episodes were produced with Mr. Bean (plus two specials), Rowan Atkinson gained enormous international renown with this character. The actual TV series came to an end in 1995, but further appearances in other media followed, such as two feature films or commercials. It wasn’t until 2007 that Rowan Atkinson announced the character “Mr. Bean ”can no longer be used.
However, the first of the two films was not very well received by many parts of the audience, because Mr. Bean suddenly spoke a lot about it. The second film therefore returned to letting Mr. Bean speak little or not at all.
In addition to his two best-known roles – that in Blackadder and that as Mr. Bean – Rowan Atkinson was also seen in many other productions throughout his career. Of these, the role in Commissioner Maigret, in which he played the main role as French Commissioner, stands out. He also dubbed cartoon characters and even released several records, albeit with moderate success.
Rowan Atkinson mentions Monty Python and especially John Cleese as a major influence in the development of his own style of humor. He got to know the authors and composers with whom he still works in a drama course at the university back in the 1970s.
An absolute highlight from an international perspective is of course his role as Mr. Bean. Even today, over 25 years after the series was discontinued, most people in Europe are still familiar with this character.
Famous quotes from Rowan Atkinson
- “I love walking in the rain so nobody can see how I cry.”
- “Criticizing someone for their origins is completely irrational and stupid. But it is everyone’s right to criticize the religion of others. It’s called freedom. ”
- “Mr. Bean is actually a child trapped in an adult’s body. And because one identifies with children in the same way all over the world, it is well received everywhere. ”
- “People believe that because I can make them laugh from the stage, I can do that as a private person. That is not the case at all. I’m actually a pretty quiet, boring person who just happens to be an actor. ”
His great passion for cars is well known. Rowan Atkinson collects cars, especially sports cars. He once had an accident in England with a McLaren F1, after which he had to stay in the hospital for several days because of a broken shoulder. Since then, several other accidents have followed, which Rowan Atkinson survived with only minor injuries.
Rowan Atkinson was married to a makeup artist from 1990 to 2015 with whom he has two children. With his new partner, he fathered another child in 2017.
An asteroid discovered in 1999 is named after Rowan Atkinson and is called Asteroid (19535) Rowanatkinson.
In 2005, he vigorously campaigned for freedom of expression and speech in Britain, which he saw in jeopardy through various upcoming decisions. Together with colleagues as famous as Stephen Fry, he launched an appeal to the British Parliament to reject these decisions.
Since Rowan Atkinson has a tendency to stutter, he has got used to an unusual over-articulation of some consonants, which has become a kind of trademark for him. In this way he was able to celebrate great successes in his career, although his stuttering should have blocked his way to become a successful stage character.