- 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.
- Lily Atkinson — Daughter
- Sunetra Sastry — Ex-wife
- Eric Atkinson — Father
- Ella Atkinson — Mother
- Ben Atkinson — Son
- Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England (BSC); University of Oxford, Queen's College, Oxford, England (MSc, 1979)
- Birth Name: Rowan Sebastian Atkinson
- Birth Place: Consett, County Durham, England
- Profession: Actor, Writer