There are a few comedies which are loved by people worldwide surpassing the boundary of age, caste or creed. Mr. Funny Bones Rowan Atkinson who has popularized the character of Mr. Bean has set milestones in the department of comedy movies which amateur comedians look up to. Although the character of Mr. Bean is like a child, but Atkinson holds a very shy and reserved yet distinguished personality in real life.
Although the character of Mr. Bean is like a child, but Atkinson holds a very shy and reserved yet distinguished personality in real life.We present to you some very interesting facts about Rowan Atkinson which will surely change your perception about this comic hero who won international acclaim by portraying humor using extreme facial expressions.
1. Atkinson starred in the 1983 film Never Say Never Again where he played a supporting role to Sean Connery’s James Bond.
2. The Mr. Bean series consists of just fourteen episodes each twenty-five minutes long in spite of being a breakthrough comedy show which was adored by people globally.
3. Rowan Atkinson came up with the concept of Mr. Bean while studying for his master’s degree at Oxford university.
4. To mark the 25th anniversary of Mr. Bean franchise in 2013, Atkinson rode his iconic mini all around Buckingham Palace in London.
5. While choosing the character name, “Mr. White” and “Mr. Cauliflower” was chosen first before zeroing on Mr. Bean.
6. With significant earnings throughout his acting career, his current worth is around £85 million (approximately $130 million).
7. During his initial days as Mr. Bean, Atkinson insisted on performing in front of a French-speaking audience rather than English speaking ones to gauge how his physical comedy is perceived by people on an international platform.
8. Atkinson received commercial success with Not the Nine O’clock News which was a satirical comedy show aired on BBC.
9. Tony Blair, Britain’s ex-Prime Minister was two years senior to Rowan Atkinson at Durham Choristers School.Whereas Atkinson was reserved and shy, Blair was outgoing and a model pupil volunteering in everything.
10. Following his father’s footsteps, Rowan Atkinson completed his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the prestigious Queen’s College, Oxford.
11. Being a sports car fanatic, Atkinson is the proud owner of Renault 5 GT Turbo, McLaren F1, Honda Civic Hybrid, Austin Metro, Audi A8 and Škoda Superb.
12. Atkinson met Sunetra Sastry his ex-wife while filming Blackadder where she was working as a makeup artist. The couple who ended their 25-year long marriage in 2015 has two children Ben and Lily.
13. Atkinson claimed £910,000 as insurance after crashing his McLaren F1 twice.
14. Rowan Atkinson saved a plane crash from happening by flying the plane when the pilot fainted. Although he has no experience as a pilot and this was his first time, yet he managed to keep the plane in the air till the pilot regained consciousness.
15. Not only did he overcome his stammering problem but even turned it into a comedy device using over-articulation.
16. In 2005, Atkinson opposed the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill by leading a group of eminent actors and writers including Ian McEwan and Stephen Fry.
17. Owning to his contribution in the fields of drama and charity, he was awarded CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) during Queen’s Birthday Honours List held in 2013.