Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson CBE ( born January 6, 1955 in Consett, County Durham, England ) is a British comedian and actor. He became internationally known primarily for his signature role as the eccentric Mr. Bean.

Life and career

Rowan Atkinson was born in Consett English as the youngest of four brothers in a farmer and entrepreneur family. His parents were Eric Atkinson and Ella May (née Bainbridge ). The oldest brother is the political economist and journalist Rodney Atkinson .. Atkinson was brought up Anglican and attended the Durham Choristers School, St. Bees School, and Newcastle University. Atkinson, who wanted to be an electrical engineer and originally studied at Oxford, his career began in 1979 at the BBC as an ensemble member of the comedy show Not the Nine O'Clock News, in which Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson and Griff Rhys Jones played along.

Starting in 1982, you could see Atkinson in the four seasons of the series Blackadder, in which he (literally viper ) in the title role of Edmund Blackadder played. The written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton Series plays in four different eras, caricatured numerous historical figures of English history and takes the national, cultural and political idiosyncrasies and vanities of the English people on the grain. By wit and satirical allusions to the current British policy, the success was limited to the English-speaking world.

Also 1982: Atkinson played in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again the staff Nigel Small - Fawcett of the British Embassy Nassau in a bizarre shaped supporting role.

In 1986, Rowan Atkinson sang in a duet with Kate Bush the humorous song "Do Bears ... " at the charity event Comic Relief. The piece, which was developed with the participation of film music composer of Blackadder Howard Goodall, criticized by the means of pop music, the glorification of certain notions of "love" in pop music. It appeared on the album " Comic Relief Presents Utterly Utterly Live" on the label WEA Records (No. 240932-1 ). The text is written Kate Bush.

International Atkinson was known primarily as Mr. Bean, a childish, curious and selfish nerd who seems to be unlucky in everyday life. The humor is very physical and comes almost entirely from without text, so that a translation is not necessary. In the role of Mr. Bean Atkinson's trademark his gestures and especially his facial expressions, which earned him the nickname rubber face (rubber face) are earned. In the fifty-minute BBC film Visual Comedy from 1992 analyzed and explained Atkinson in the dual role as a professor and as an actor Kevin the vertices of the silent film stick humor with Mr. Bean. He shows how strong this character is created in the tradition of comedian Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

The same series ran from 1990 to 1995 on British television.

From 1995 to 1996 Atkinson was in the written by Ben Elton comedy series The Thin Blue Line (German: Inspector Fowler - Tougher than the police allowed) the Inspector Raymond Fowler, the senior officials of a small police station in the fictional town gas Forth.

In 1997, he played under the direction of Mel Smith in Bean - The Ultimate Disaster Movie with, which was a worldwide success at the box office. He also lends his character since 2002 in a cartoon voice.

Atkinson is married to Sunetra Sastry up artist since 1990. The wedding ceremony took place in New York City in the Russian Tea Room. Best man was Stephen Fry. The couple has two children. Son Benjamin was born in 1993 and daughter Lily in 1995. and lives alternately in Oxfordshire Village / Waterperry, Northamptonshire Village / Apethorpe and London.

The discovered in 1999 in Australia at Reedy Creek Observatory Asteroid ( 19535 ) Rowanatkinson was named after Atkinson.

On the occasion of "The Royal Variety Performance 2000", he performed again in two of its roles in Blackadder on stage.

In 2003, the James Bond parody Johnny English - The Spy Who versiebte it in theaters in which Atkinson plays a chaotic, but imaginary secret agent. 2004 followed media reports that he had gone because of a severe depression in psychiatric treatment. These reports were denied by Atkinson's management and lawyers, there was a legal process. Atkinson won it, so then apologies and retractions appeared in the media. In 2006 he portrayed in the film Murder at the Vicarage one of the main roles, namely the scattered pastor Walter Goodfellow.

On 29 March 2007, the second Mr. Bean movie came up with the title Mr. Bean's Holiday in the German cinemas. In an interview in the Frankfurter Rundschau, he announced to separate from his role as Mr. Bean.

On 17 January 2009, the new production of the musical Oliver celebrated! at the Royal Drury Lane Theatre, London premiered. Until 18 July 2009, Atkinson was seen there Monday to Saturday in the role of Fagin. This was, quite intended, unmistakable traits of the characters Mr. Bean and Blackadder. His successor in this role is the British comedian Omid Djalili.

On 27 July 2012, he appeared at the opening ceremony of the XXX. Olympic Games together with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Denis Rattle in London's Olympic Stadium as an orchestral musician. While he played a single recurring note of the song " Chariots of Fire" on a synthesizer, drifted from his mind and it was a parody of the opening sequence of the film of the same athletes (German: Chariots of Fire ) will be played.


Atkinson is considered fan, among other things, he has a very rare McLaren F1 LM. This Atkinson had 4 August 2011 an accident in the village of Haddon in the county of Cambridgeshire. Atkinson broke his shoulder and had to spend a few days in the hospital in Peterborough.

The Rolls- Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé with V16 engine, its role in Johnny English - Jetzt erst recht! serves as the official car was built only on Atkinson's suggestion of Rolls- Royce Motor Cars with this engine and made available.

Filmography (selection)


TV series

In the music video of the Irish boy band Boyzone Picture of you to Atkinson played with as Mr. Bean.

German dubbing voice

In the German versions of his movies he mostly Lutz Mackensy lends his voice. But he was already synchronized by Wilfried autumn. In " Never Say Never " Andreas Mannkopff is his German voice.