Fast Facts

  • Stuttered as a child.
  • Discovered his knack for comedy in the mid-'70s while attending Oxford University, where he was studying electrical engineering.
  • Has frequently collaborated with screenwriter Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral) ever since the two met at Oxford in 1976; together they developed the character of Mr. Bean.
  • In 1981, became the youngest person to have a one-man show in London's West End.
  • Named a CBE (a Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2013.
  • Is a car fanatic; owns an Aston Martin V8 Zagato and has written for several British car magazines.


  • Sunetra Sastry — Ex-wife
  • Ella Atkinson — Mother
  • Eric Atkinson — Father
  • Lily Atkinson — Daughter
  • Ben Atkinson — Son


  • Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England (BSC); University of Oxford, Queen's College, Oxford, England (MSc, 1979)

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  • Birth Name: Rowan Sebastian Atkinson
  • Birth Place: Consett, County Durham, England
  • Profession: Actor, Writer

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