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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rowan Atkinson: The famous, Mr Bean.

He could not talk properly. His parents were really worried about the future of their kid and didn't want him to feel left behind in any field of life so they gave him special attention. Not in the wildest of dreams had they thought this kid will one day become the biggest comedian of the world. Not just because of his acting, people start laughing when they see him on screen. Yes, we are talking about Rowan Atkinson, who is famous for his role Mr. Bean all over the world.




Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on the 6th January, 1955 in Consett, County Durham, England. His parents were Eric Atkinson, a farmer and company director, and Ella May who was a house wife.
He also has two brothers Rupert and  Rodney, a Eurosceptic economist who narrowly lost the United Kingdom Independence Party leadership election in 2000.


Atkinson was brought up Anglican, and was educated at Durham Choristers School, Tony Blair was only two years senior than him. He later continued his studies at St. Bees School, and Newcastle University. In 1975, he continued for the degree of MSc in Electrical Engineering at The Queen's College, Oxford. His parents were satisfied with his performance and were really sure now that his future was safe.

His time in Oxford was when he started getting interested in acting. He started acting and performed early sketches for the Oxford University Dramatic Society, the Oxford Revue and the Experimental Theatre Club. Here he met writer Richard Curtis and composer Howard Goodall, with whom he would continue to collaborate during his career.

After completing his degree Rowan had two choices, either to pursue his acting career or to find a good job and get settled. But he listened to his heart and choose acting and tried his luck. After university, Atkinson toured with Angus Deayton as his straight man in an act that was eventually filmed for a television show.

By the year 1978, Atkinson was able to prove himself as a good comedian. He was offered a series by ITV which he refused because he wanted to to do 'Not the Nine O'Clock News' for the BBC, produced by his friend John Lloyd. He starred on the show as one of the main sketch writers. The success of Not the Nine O'Clock News led to his starring in the medieval sitcom The Black Adder, which he also co-wrote with Richard Curtis, in 1983.  The Blackadder series went on to become one of the most successful BBC situation comedies of all time over its four seasons.

Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean.

The character of Mr. Bean was developed while Atkinson was studying for his master's degree at Oxford University. 


The title character, played by Rowan Atkinson, is a childish and self-centered buffoon who brings various unusual schemes and contrivances to everyday tasks. He lives alone in his small flat in Highbury, and is almost always seen in his trademark tweed jacket and a skinny red tie. He also usually wears a digital calculator watch. Mr. Bean rarely speaks, and when he does, it is generally only a few mumbled words which are in a comically low-pitched voice.

Mr. Bean the series is a British comedy television program series of 14 twenty-five-minute episodes written by and starring Rowan Atkinson as the title character.  The pilot episode was broadcast on ITV on 1 January 1990, with the last television episode, "Goodnight Mr. Bean" broadcast on 31 October 1995.

Bean was revived in a 2002–2004 animated cartoon series, again featuring little dialogue, with most being either little soundbites or mumbling. The series, which consist of 26 episodes (with 2 segments each), expanded the number of additional characters, featuring Bean's unpleasant landlady, Mrs. Wicket, and her evil one-eyed cat, Scrapper.




Two films featuring Bean have also been released. The first, Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie and the second was Mr. Bean's Holiday.

Filmography.


Atkinson's film career began in 1983 with a supporting part in the 'unofficial' James Bond movie Never Say Never Again and a leading role in Dead on Time.

Atkinson gained further recognition when he was featured in Disney's The Lion King as the voice of Zazu the Red-billed Hornbill. Atkinson continued to appear in supporting roles in successful comedies, including Rat Race (2001), Scooby-Doo (2002), and Love Actually (2003). A sequel, of Mr Bean named Mr. Bean's Holiday, was released in March 2007 and also became an international success. He has also starred in the James Bond parody Johnny English in 2003. Its sequel, Johnny English Reborn was released on 7 October 2011.

Personal Life.



Rowan Atkinson first met Sunetra Sastry in the late 1980s, when she was working as a make-up artist with the BBC. Sastry is the daughter of an Indian father and a British mother. The couple married at the Russian Tea Room in New York City on 5 February 1990. They have two children and live in Apethorpe, Northamptonshire as well as in Ipsden, Oxfordshire and in Highbury, London. 

In June 2005, Atkinson led a coalition of the UK's most prominent actors and writers to the British Parliament in an attempt to force a review of the controversial Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, which they felt would give overwhelming power to religious groups to impose censorship on the arts.

Craze of Cars.


With an estimated wealth of £100 million, Atkinson is able to indulge his passion for cars that began with driving his mother's Morris Minor around the family farm. He has written for the British magazines Car, Octane, Evo, and "SuperClassics", a short-lived UK magazine, in which he reviewed the McLaren F1 in 1995.

He attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix as a guest of McLaren. Atkinson's anguished reaction to the Lap 24 incident between Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa, shown during replays of the collision, was one of the race's more memorable moments.


Awards.

The first episode won the Golden Rose, as well as two other major prizes at the 1991 Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival. In the UK, the episode "The Curse of Mr. Bean" was nominated for a number of BAFTA awards; "Best Light Entertainment Programme" in 1991, "Best Comedy" in 1991, and Atkinson was nominated three times for "Best Light Entertainment Performance" in 1991 and 1994.

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