In the last decade, there have been very few people who have been able to spread their influence in the art of comedy around the globe like the famous “Mr. Bean”. The Brit has a way of connecting with his audience not only through words but through gestures and actions. With a suit that never seems to change and a very nice smile, Rowan Atkinson has captivated the world with his humorous charm.
A mere look at his face will send even the most serious personalities into hysteria. Born on 5 January 1955 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, it is interesting to note that this revered British humorist holds two degrees in electrical engineering. While studying at Oxford, he began performing and made his first appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
In 1979, Rowan wrote the “Not the Nine O’clock News” for the BBC, where he played the lead role. Throughout his impressive career, which spanned three decades, Atkinson appeared in theatrical productions such as The Nerd and The Sneeze.
He has also appeared on television shows such as Not the Nine O’Clock News, Blackadder, The Thin Blue Line and the biggest of them, Mr. Bean.
Is Rowan Atkinson Dead?
As is common among men and women in the spotlight, there seems to be an endless appetite for news, good or bad. This has been exacerbated by the “clickbait” Internet world.
In July 2017, for example, there were rumors on Facebook, Twitter and in the UK that Rowan died in a car stunt performance in Los Angeles. The news went so far as to be spread by FOX News, but later it turned out that the rumor was indeed false. It was later revealed that the story was not only false but also a possible hoax by scammers who were planting viruses and probably trying to extract information from their victims.
Family, Wife, and Daughter
Rowan Atkinson was born on 6 January 1955 in Consett, County Durham, England. He is the youngest of four brothers born to Eric Atkinson and Ella May. His older brothers include Paul, who died as an infant, a Eurosceptic economist in Rodney, who also narrowly lost an election in 2000, and Rupert. The Atkinsons were brought up Anglican and Rowan was educated at Durham Choristers School, a preparatory school.
Rowan Atkinson met Sunetra Sastra in the late 1980s when she was still a make-up artist at the BBC. The couple married in February 1990 and the marriage between Sunetra and Rowan produced two children – Ben Atkinson and Lily Sastra. Their relationship ended in 2014 after some 24 years, together with the divorce which was finalized in 2015.
It is known that Rowan Atkinson had been in a relationship with Louise Ford since 2014 and that he became a father at the age of 62 when it became known that he and Louise were expecting a child in December 2017.
As is to be expected in most divorces, bad blood and quarreling usually occur, and when Lily Atkinson now Lily Sastra decided to drop her father’s name for her mother’s maiden name, tongues were shaken because there seemed to be a dispute between father and daughter. Lily also took a break from social media for a while and abandoned some 45,000 followers.
She deleted her posts from the image-sharing website Instagram. The act was seen as an attempt to delete her father from her profile. Attempts to get a response from Atkinson’s representative were in vain. Lily’s manager has nothing to say either, except that he insists that it would be ridiculous to feed the idea that Rowan and Lily had fallen out.
There is a lot of money to be made from the entertainment industry and Rowan Atkinson has done his fair share. It is estimated that the Brit has accumulated an impressive net worth of $130 million.
Rowan Atkinson is an avid car lover and collector of vintage cars. He holds a C+E class truck driver’s license and owns racing cars, including a Renault 5 GT Turbo. He also owns a rare McLaren F1 and an Aston Martin V8 Zagato, which he crashed at a meeting of enthusiasts in 2001.
Rowan stands at 5 ft 11 inches, weighs 178 lbs and has a waist measurement of 34 inches.