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Rowan Atkinson Biography

Birth Name:
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson
Birth Place:
Consett, County Durham, England
Actor, writer

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


  • Lily Atkinson -- Daughter
  • Eric Atkinson -- Father
  • Ella Atkinson -- Mother
  • Ben Atkinson -- Son
  • Sunetra Sastry -- Wife