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Rowan Atkinson is a Actor, Scriptwriter and Executive Producer British born on 6 january 1955 at Consett (United-kingdom)

Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson
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Birth name Rowan Sebastian Atkinson
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 6 january 1955 (64 years) at Consett (United-kingdom)
Awards Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, CBE (born 6 January 1955) is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder and Mr. Bean. Atkinson first came to prominence in the sketch comedy show Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979–82), and via his participation in The Secret Policeman's Balls from 1979. His other work includes the sitcom The Thin Blue Line (1995–1996).

He was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest actors in British comedy and amongst the top 50 comedians ever, in a 2005 poll of fellow comedians. He has also had cinematic success with his performances in the Mr. Bean movie adaptations Bean and Mr. Bean's Holiday and in Johnny English (2003) and its sequel Johnny English Reborn (2011).

Biography

Marriage and children
Rowan Atkinson was formerly in a relationship with actress Leslie Ash. He married Sunetra Sastry in February 1990. The couple first met in the late 1980s, when she was working as a makeup artist with the BBC. They have two children, daughter Lily (an actress), and son Benjamin. In February 2014, it was announced that Atkinson had filed for divorce from Sastry, his wife of 24 years.


Politics
In June 2005, Atkinson led a coalition of the United Kingdom's most prominent actors and writers, including Nicholas Hytner, Stephen Fry, and Ian McEwan, 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.
In 2009, he criticised homophobic speech legislation, saying that the House of Lords must vote against a government attempt to remove a free speech clause in an anti-gay hate law.

In October 2012, he voiced his support for the Reform Section 5 campaign, which aims to reform or repeal Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, particularly its statement that an insult can be grounds for arrest and punishment. It is a reaction to several recent high-profile arrests, which Atkinson sees as a restriction of freedom of expression.


Cars
With an estimated wealth of approximately £85 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.

Atkinson holds a category C+E (formerly 'Class 1') lorry driving licence, gained in 1981, because lorries held a fascination for him, and to ensure employment as a young actor. He has also used this skill when filming comedy material. In 1991, he starred in the self-penned The Driven Man, a series of sketches featuring Atkinson driving around London trying to solve his obsession with cars, and discussing it with taxi drivers, policemen, used-car salesmen and psychotherapists. A lover of and participant in car racing, he appeared as racing driver Henry Birkin in the television play Full Throttle in 1995.

Atkinson has raced in other cars, including a Renault 5 GT Turbo for two seasons for its one make series. From 1997 to 2015, he owned a rare McLaren F1, which was involved in an accident in Cabus, near Garstang, Lancashire with an Austin Metro in October 1999. It was damaged again in a serious crash in August 2011 when it caught fire after Atkinson reportedly lost control and hit a tree. That accident caused significant damage to the vehicle, taking over a year to be repaired and leading to the largest insurance payout in Britain, at £910,000. He has previously owned a Honda NSX. Other cars he owns include an Audi A8 a Škoda Superb, and a Honda Civic Hybrid.

In June 2015, Atkinson sold the McLaren for £8,000,000 Atkinson having been the only owner and it having travelled 41,000 miles. Atkinson was quoted as saying when he placed the McLaren on the market "I bought it for the quality of the thinking that went into its design, and now it has become a thing of value it is time for it to be enjoyed by someone else"

The Conservative Party politician Alan Clark, himself a devotee of classic motor cars, recorded in his published Diaries a chance meeting with a man he later realised was Atkinson while driving through Oxfordshire in May 1984: "Just after leaving the motorway at Thame I noticed a dark red DBS V8 Aston Martin on the slip road with the bonnet up, a man unhappily bending over it. I told Jane to pull in and walked back. A DV8 in trouble is always good for a gloat." Clark writes that he gave Atkinson a lift in his Rolls-Royce to the nearest telephone box, but was disappointed in his bland reaction to being recognised, noting that: "he didn't sparkle, was rather disappointing and chétif."

One car Atkinson has said he will not own is a Porsche: "I have a problem with Porsches. They're wonderful cars, but I know I could never live with one. Somehow, the typical Porsche people – and I wish them no ill – are not, I feel, my kind of people. I don't go around saying that Porsches are a pile of dung, but I do know that psychologically I couldn't handle owning one."

In July 2011, Atkinson appeared as the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" on Top Gear, driving the Kia Cee'd around the track in 1:42.2, granting him first place on the leaderboard.


Honours
Atkinson was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity.

Best films

Scooby-Doo (2002)
(Actor)
Bean (1997)
(Actor)
Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
(Actor)
Johnny English (2003)
(Actor)

Usually with

Eric Fellner
Eric Fellner
(7 films)
Tim Bevan
Tim Bevan
(6 films)
Mel Smith
Mel Smith
(2 films)
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Filmography of Rowan Atkinson (23 films)

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Actor

Johnny English Strikes Again
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films
Actors Rowan Atkinson, Olga Kurylenko, Ben Miller, Emma Thompson, Charles Dance, Adam James
Roles Johnny English
Rating62% 3.100013.100013.100013.100013.10001
Lorsqu'un pirate informatique révèle le nom et la couverture de tous leurs agents infiltrés, les Services secrets britanniques n'ont pas d'autre choix que de rappeler le seul agent capable de les aider à débusquer le criminel : Johnny English, retraité du MI7, et désormais simple enseignant.
Johnny English Reborn, 1h42
Directed by Oliver Parker
Origin France
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films
Actors Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike, Gillian Anderson, Dominic West, Daniel Kaluuya, Richard Schiff
Roles Johnny English
Rating62% 3.1483753.1483753.1483753.1483753.148375
Five years after the events of the first film, former Sir Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) is learning martial arts in Tibet as penance for a botched mission in Mozambique which resulted in him being stripped of his Knighthood. However, he is contacted by MI7, who arrange for him to be flown back to London and call him back to service.
Mr. Bean's Holiday, 1h29
Directed by Steve Bendelack
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Themes La provence, Transport films, Le thème des vacances, Rail transport films, Road movies
Actors Rowan Atkinson, Emma de Caunes, Max Baldry, Willem Dafoe, Stéphane Debac, Karel Roden
Roles Mr. Bean
Rating63% 3.19933.19933.19933.19933.1993
The film opens with Mr. Bean driving up to a church, where a fete is taking place. Bean wins the first prize in a raffle - a holiday involving a train journey to Cannes, a video camera, and €200.
Keeping Mum, 1h42
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Politic
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Rowan Atkinson, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tamsin Egerton, Patrick Swayze, Terry Alderton
Roles Reverend Walter Goodfellow
Rating67% 3.3989953.3989953.3989953.3989953.398995
In the opening scene, as pregnant young Rosie Jones (Emilia Fox) rides on a train, her very large trunk starts leaking blood. When questioned by the police, she calmly reveals that the two dismembered bodies inside are of her unfaithful husband and his mistress. She is then sentenced by the judge (Roger Hammond) to a secure unit for the criminally insane for manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Spider-Plant Man, 14minutes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Rowan Atkinson, Jim Broadbent, Mackenzie Crook, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Tony Robinson
Roles Peter Piper
Rating65% 3.2927153.2927153.2927153.2927153.292715
Peter Piper, a photographer, visits a laboratory where a spider plant with teeth has been created. Piper attempts to take a picture, but is bitten on the bottom by a plant coming down from the ceiling.
Johnny English, 1h28
Directed by Peter Howitt
Origin France
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films, Transport films, Motocyclette
Actors Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia, Oliver Ford Davies, Tim Pigott-Smith
Roles Johnny English
Rating62% 3.1000053.1000053.1000053.1000053.100005
Johnny English is an inept MI7 agent with dreams of being their most trusted employee. After Agent One dies in a submarine accident (courtesy of English making a mistake on checking the submarine hatch code), the remaining agents are assassinated via a bombing at Agent One’s funeral (again courtesy of English's incompetence at security), leaving English as the lone survivor. English is assigned to follow a plot to steal the Crown Jewels, which are on display at the Tower of London. At the display, English is head of security, and meets the mysterious Lorna Campbell. The power is cut, and the jewels are stolen. During the chaos, English knocks out a security guard in the process and fights the "assailant" (himself). He later makes up a false description of the assailant to Pegasus. English and his assistant Angus Bough find the jewels were removed via a hole dug beneath their display case. The two follow a tunnel, confronting the two thieves Klaus Vendetta and Dieter Klein. The two escape in a hearse, with English trying to pursue them, but mistakes another hearse for the escape vehicle, crashing a funeral until Bough comes to his aid.
Love Actually, 2h15
Directed by Richard Curtis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Christmas films, La provence, Films about marriage
Actors Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rory MacGregor, Laura Linney
Roles Rufus, jewellery salesman
Rating75% 3.7976453.7976453.7976453.7976453.797645
The film begins with a voiceover from David (Hugh Grant) commenting that whenever he gets gloomy with the state of the world he thinks about the arrivals terminal at Heathrow Airport, and the pure uncomplicated love felt as friends and families welcome their arriving loved ones. David's voiceover also relates that all the messages left by the people who died on the 9/11 planes were messages of love and not hate. The film then tells the 'love stories' of many people:
Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo (2002)
, 1h26
Directed by Raja Gosnell
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Comedy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Children's films
Actors Neil Fanning, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini
Roles Emile Mondavarious
Rating50% 2.5079152.5079152.5079152.5079152.507915
In a warehouse, the Mystery, Inc. gang illustrates a plan to catch the Luna Ghost who has kidnapped Daphne Blake (Sarah Michelle Gellar), flying around with her bound and gagged which goes astray but ends with Shaggy Rogers (Matthew Lillard) and Scooby-Doo (voiced by Neil Fanning) causing the Ghost to be caught. The gang unmasks the Luna Ghost, who is revealed the janitor of the Wow-O-Toy Factory, Old Man Smithers, who wanted revenge after Pamela Anderson refused to go out with him (it is implied that he kidnapped Daphne, mistaking her for Pamela). After solving the mystery, constant arguments among the members of Mystery Incorporated about Fred Jones (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) taking credit for Velma Dinkley's (Linda Cardellini) ideas and Daphne always getting kidnapped cause the gang to go their separate ways, much to the dismay of Shaggy and Scooby.
Rat Race
Rat Race (2001)
, 1h52
Directed by Jerry Zucker
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films, Road movies
Actors John Cleese, Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart, Rowan Atkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Whoopi Goldberg
Roles Enrico Pollini
Rating63% 3.198693.198693.198693.198693.19869
Donald Sinclair (John Cleese), the eccentric owner of The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, devises a new game to entertain the high rollers who visit his hotel. Six special tokens are placed in the casino's slot machines, and the winners are gathered together and told that $2 million in cash is hidden in a duffel bag in a train station locker in Silver City, New Mexico, 563 miles southeast of Las Vegas. Each team is given a key to the locker and told to race across the desert to the train station and claim the money. Unbeknownst to the competitors, Sinclair's wealthy patrons are placing bets on who will win.
Maybe Baby
Maybe Baby (2000)
, 1h44
Directed by Hugh Laurie, Ben Elton
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Hugh Laurie, Joely Richardson, Matthew Macfadyen, Adrian Lester, Joanna Lumley, Emma Thompson
Roles Mr. James
Rating57% 2.8503052.8503052.8503052.8503052.850305
Sam Bell (Laurie) and wife Lucy (Richardson) are a married couple struggling for a baby, having tried everything they can think of to improve their chances of conceiving. At the same time, Sam begins to find his job (as a commissioning editor of drama at the BBC) increasingly unfulfilling. While he resolves to write his own screenplay, he begins to suffer writer's block. The idea dawns upon him to write about his own predicament, something to which Lucy objects strongly. He uses her diary entries to help him achieve authenticity, and the film is a success. Lucy finds out about the film and, shocked, leaves Sam. Eventually they reconcile and at the end of the story are still trying for a baby.
Blackadder: Back & Forth, 33minutes
Directed by Paul Weiland
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Historical, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about writers, Time travel films, Comedy science fiction films
Actors Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tim McInnerny, Miranda Richardson
Roles Blackadder
Rating76% 3.847653.847653.847653.847653.84765
The film opens at Blackadder Hall where the present day Lord Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) is entertaining guests on New Year's Eve, 1999. As a scam, Blackadder informs them he has invented a working time machine and wagers £10,000 each that he can bring back anything they ask for. His guests – Archbishop Melchett (Stephen Fry), Archdeacon Kevin Darling (Tim McInnerny), Lieutenant George (Hugh Laurie) and Lady Elizabeth (Miranda Richardson) – announce that, if Blackadder is to win, he must bring back a genuine Roman centurion's helmet, the actual wellingtons worn by the Duke of Wellington on the day he won the Battle of Waterloo, and a really smelly pair of 200-year-old underpants. Blackadder intends to scam his guests by dredging the items from his personal store. However, he is stunned to discover that the time machine, built by Baldrick (Tony Robinson) after plans by Leonardo da Vinci, actually works.
Bean
Bean (1997)
, 1h30
Directed by Mel Smith
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Themes Peinture, Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Rowan Atkinson, Peter MacNicol, John Mills, Burt Reynolds, Pamela Reed, Harris Yulin
Roles Mr. Bean
Rating63% 3.199983.199983.199983.199983.19998
Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is a well meaning, but hopelessly clumsy and destructive security guard, at the Royal National Gallery in London, though his reputation for sleeping on the job compels the board of directors to attempt to fire him, they are thwarted by the chairman (Sir John Mills) who is sympathetic with him. In order to rid themselves of Bean, the board send him to Los Angeles to represent them at the unveiling of the portrait Whistler's Mother. The famous painting has been purchased for $50 million by the fictional Grierson Art Gallery with a grant from General Newton (Burt Reynolds). Bean's visit is arranged by the gallery's curator, David Langley (Peter MacNicol), who, impressed with the National Gallery's false profile of "Dr. Bean", agrees to accommodate Bean in his house for two months, much to the chagrin of his wife Allison (Pamela Reed), son Kevin (Andrew Lawrence) and daughter Jennifer (Tricia Vessey), who subsequently leave for Allison's mother's house.
Four Weddings and a Funeral, 1h57
Directed by Mike Newell
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Films about disabilities, LGBT-related films, Personne sourde ou muette, Sign-language films, Films about language and translation, Films about marriage, LGBT-related film
Actors Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, James Fleet, Simon Callow, John Hannah, Kristin Scott Thomas
Roles Father Gerald
Rating70% 3.547923.547923.547923.547923.54792
The film follows the adventures of a group of friends through the eyes of Charles (Hugh Grant), a good-natured but socially awkward Briton, who is smitten with Carrie (Andie MacDowell), an American whom Charles repeatedly meets at four weddings and at a funeral.
The Lion King, 1h29
Directed by Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Films about families, Philosophie, Films about religion, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about lions, Films about apes, Musical films, Political films, Films based on the Bible, Films about Jews and Judaism, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Suricate, Films about royalty
Actors Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane
Roles Zazu the Hornbill (voice)
Rating84% 4.2481454.2481454.2481454.2481454.248145
In the Pride Lands of Africa, a lion rules over the animals as king. The birth of King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi's son Simba creates envy and resentment in Mufasa's younger brother, Scar, who knows his nephew now replaces him as heir to the throne. After Simba has grown into a young cub, Mufasa gives him a tour of the Pride Lands, teaching him the responsibilities of being a king and the circle of life. Later that day, Scar tricks Simba and his best friend Nala into exploring a forbidden elephant graveyard, despite the protests of Mufasa's hornbill majordomo Zazu. At the graveyard, three spotted hyenas named Shenzi, Banzai and Ed attack the cubs before Mufasa, alerted by Zazu, rescues them and forgives Simba for his actions. That night, the hyenas, who are allied with Scar, plot with him to kill Mufasa and Simba.
Hot Shots! Part Deux, 1h26
Directed by Jim Abrahams
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Military humor in film, Politique
Actors Charlie Sheen, Lloyd Bridges, Valeria Golino, Richard Crenna, Brenda Bakke, Miguel Ferrer
Roles Dexter Hayman
Rating65% 3.298923.298923.298923.298923.29892
One night, an American special forces team invades Saddam Hussein's (Haleva) palace and a nearby prison camp to rescue captured soldiers from Operation Desert Storm and to eliminate Saddam, but they find the Iraqis prepared for them, and the entire rescue team is captured. This failed operation turns out to be the latest in a series of rescue attempts which were foiled by the Iraqis, and consequently the advisors of President Benson (Admiral Benson in the previous film, played by Bridges) suspect sabotage in their own ranks. Colonel Denton Walters (Crenna) suggests to gain the aid of war hero Topper Harley (Sheen) for the next mission, but Topper has retired from the Navy and become a Buddhist in a small Thai village. Walters and Michelle Huddleston (Bakke), CIA, arrive and try to persuade him to come out of retirement in order to rescue the imprisoned soldiers and the previous rescue parties.