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Rowan Sebastian Atkinson net worth:
$130 Million

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson information

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Birth date: 6 January 1955
Birth place: Consett, United Kingdom
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)
Weight:181 lbs
Profession:Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Voice Actor
Education:The Queen's College, Oxford, Newcastle University, St Bees School, Chorister School, Durham
Nationality:British
Spouse:Sunetra Sastry (m. 1990)
Children:Lily Atkinson, Benjamin Atkinson
Parents:Ella May Bainbridge, Eric Atkinson
Siblings:Rodney Atkinson, Rupert Atkinson, Paul Atkinson
Awards:British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Performance, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance, British Comedy Award for Best Entertainment Performer
Nominations:British Academy Television Award for Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, European Film Awards Audience Award for Best Actor, Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast, National Television Award for Most Popular Comedy Performer
Movies:Bean, Johnny English Reborn, Mr. Bean's Holiday, Keeping Mum, Scooby-Doo, Rat Race, Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Lion King, Johnny English, Rowan Atkinson Live!, The Witches, The Tall Guy, Maybe Baby, Never Say Never Again, Hot Shots! Part Deux, Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death, Blackadder: Back & Forth, Spider-Plant Man, Bernard and the Genie, Blackadder's Christmas Carol, The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, Dead on Time, The Secret Policeman's Other Ball, Fist Of Bean, The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isles of Wonder, The Jubilee Girl, Just for Laughs: Stand-Up: Vol. 3: Launching Pad, The Best of Mr. Bean, Weird World
TV shows:Ohh Nooo! Mr. Bill Presents, The Thin Blue Line, Mr. Bean, Blackadder, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Canned Laughter, The Black Adder, Weekend In Wallop

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It is often noted that Rowan Atkinson net-worth reaches an approximation of $130 million dollars. For the largest part of the people, Rowan Atkinson is called an actor and a comic from England. Nevertheless, not lots of folks understand that Rowan Atkinson is also involved in to engineering and it is an electrical engineer. Along with being a comic along with an actor, Rowan Atkinson is also a screenwriter which assists to amass the enormous Rowan Atkinson net-worth a great deal.

He’s mainly called the primary character within the television series called “Mr. Bean”. Referring to his job for a comic, Rowan Atkinson was listed within the Top 50 funniest actors within the journal “The Observer” in UK.

Rowan Atkinson Net Worth $130 Million Dollars

Furthermore, the celebrity had lots of success in showing in other theater productions that have been according to his character as Mr. Bean. These films raised the complete level of Rowan Atkinson net-worth a great deal.
After completed high-school, Rowan Atkinson studied in the Queen’s University in Oxford where he studied electrical engineering. In 1978, Rowan Atkinson acted within the display called “The Atkinson People” that was broadcasted to the BBC Radio 3.

His successful performance within the Not the Nine o’Clock Information led him to look in a different television series that was called “The Black Adder”. He worked in the making of the show as well as Richard Curtis. Consequently, lots of TV-SHOWS added a lot for the entire number of Rowan Atkinson net-worth. “The Black Adder” also became among the very popular & most successful television sitcoms about the BBC. Additionally, it inspired to produce tv specific exhibits that have been “Blackadder: The Cavalier Years” and “Blackadder’s Christmas Carol”.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Maigret in Montmartre2017TV Movie filmingJules Maigret
Night at the Crossroads2017TV Movie post-productionJules Maigret
Maigret's Dead Man2016TV MovieChief Inspector Jules Maigret
Maigret Sets a Trap2016TV MovieChief Inspector Jules Maigret
Mr Bean: Funeral2015VideoMr. Bean
Mr Bean: The Animated Series2015TV SeriesMr. Bean
Johnny English Reborn2011Johnny English
Bondi Rescue2010TV SeriesMr. Bean
Tak & the Power of Juju2008TV SeriesLok
Mr. Bean's Holiday2007Mr. Bean
The Dame Edna Treatment2007TV SeriesMr. Bean
Mr. Bean's Wedding2007VideoMr. Bean
Keeping Mum: Deleted Scenes2006Video shortWalter Goodfellow
Keeping Mum: Funnies2006Video shortWalter Goodfellow
Keeping Mum2005Walter Goodfellow
Spider-Plant Man2005TV ShortPeter Piper / Spider-Plant Man
Love Actually2003Rufus - Jewellery Salesman
Johnny English2003Johnny English
Mr. Bean: The Animated Series2002-2003TV SeriesMr. Bean
The Jubilee Girl2002TV MovieSir Osmond Darling-Blackadder
Scooby-Doo2002Mondavarious
Rat Race2001Enrico Pollini
Maybe Baby2000Mr. James
Blackadder Back & Forth1999ShortAll Blackadders
Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death1999TV ShortThe Doctor
Ohh, Nooo! Mr. Bill Presents1998TV SeriesMr. Bean (1998-1999)
Bean1997Mr. Bean
The Thin Blue Line1995-1996TV SeriesInspector Raymond Fowler
Unseen Bean1995VideoMr. Bean
Mr. Bean1990-1995TV SeriesMr. Bean
The Exciting Escapades of Mr. Bean: The Bus Stop1995Video shortMr. Bean
Mr Bean: Torvill and Bean1995VideoMr. Bean
Full Throttle1995TV MovieSir Henry 'Tim' Birkin
Animated StoryBook: The Lion King1994Video GameZazu (voice)
Schmidteinander1994TV SeriesMr. Bean
The Lion King1994Zazu (voice)
Four Weddings and a Funeral1994Father Gerald - Wedding Two
Hot Shots! Part Deux1993Dexter Hayman
Mr Bean: Blind Date1993VideoMr. Bean
Election 921992TV MovieMr. Bean
Bernard and the Genie1991TV MovieCharles Pinkworth
Mr. Bean's Red Nose Day1991VideoMr. Bean
The Amazing Adventures of Mr. Bean1990VideoMr. Bean
The Exciting Escapades of Mr. Bean1990Video shortMr. Bean
Mr Bean: The Library1990Video shortMr. Bean
The Witches1990Mr. Stringer
A Bit of Fry and Laurie1990TV SeriesNigel Havers
Blackadder Goes Forth1989TV SeriesCaptain Edmund Blackadder
The Tall Guy1989Ron Anderson
Blackadder's Christmas Carol1988TV ShortBlackadders
The Appointments of Dennis Jennings1988ShortDr. Schooner
Blackadder: The Cavalier Years1988TV ShortSir Edmund Blackadder
Black Adder the Third1987TV SeriesEdmund Blackadder, butler to the Prince / McAdder
Black-Adder II1986TV SeriesEdmund Blackadder
Never Say Never Again1983Small-Fawcett
The Black Adder1982-1983TV SeriesEdmund, Duke of Edinburgh The Flat Adder The Great Grumbledook ...
Dead on Time1983ShortBernard Fripp
Not the Nine O'Clock News1979-1982TV SeriesVarious Roles
Peter Cook & Co.1980TV MovieVarious Characters
The Innes Book of Records1980TV Series
Lena1980TV SeriesConcert Pianist (Mime)
Canned Laughter1979TV ShortRobert Box / Dave Perry / Mr. Marshall

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. Bean's Holiday2007character
Mr. Bean: The Animated SeriesTV Series character - 4 episodes, 2002 - 2003 characters - 1 episode, 2002
Blackadder Back & Forth1999Short television series "The Black Adder" - uncredited
Bean1997character "Mr. Bean"
Mr. BeanTV Series 1 episode, 1995 written by - 14 episodes, 1990 - 1995
Funny Business1992TV Series documentary
Rowan Atkinson: Not Just a Pretty Face1992TV Special documentary written by
The Driven Man1991TV Movie documentary
The Black AdderTV Series written by - 7 episodes, 1982 - 1983 by - 5 episodes, 1983
Dead on Time1983Short
Not the Nine O'Clock News1979TV Series writer
Canned Laughter1979TV Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. Bean: The Animated Series2002-2003TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
Bean1997executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isles of Wonder2012TV Special performer: "Chariots of Fire"
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story2009Documentary performer: "It's a Small World"
Johnny English2003performer: "Thank You for the Music"
Mr. Bean: The Animated SeriesTV Series 2 episodes, 2002 - 2003 performer - 1 episode, 2003
The Lion King1994performer: "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" 1994, "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" 1944, "It's a Small World" 1966, "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Comic Relief1986/IITV Special documentary

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Legacy of Kain: Defiance2003Video Game voice-over

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No More Funny Show!2013Video documentary inspiration
Funny Show Part Two: The Video - Movie2012Video inspiration
Blackadder Rides Again2008TV Special documentary thanks
Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga2008TV Movie documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pet Star2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Judge
The Daily Show2003TV SeriesHimself
Sen kväll med Luuk2003TV SeriesHimself
Parkinson2003TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do2003TV SpecialMartin Bashir
Scooby Doo: Unmasking the Mystery2002Video documentary shortHimself - 'Mondavarious'
Just for Laughs2002TV SeriesHimself (2002)
Making 'Rat Race'2001Video short documentaryHimself
Comic Relief: Say Pants to Poverty2001TV SpecialHimself (segment "Popsters")
Comic Relief Short Pants2001TV Special shortNeville
The Royal Variety Performance 20002000TV Movie documentaryPerformer
Laughter in the House: The Story of British Sitcom1999TV Mini-Series documentaryEdmund Blackadder
A Royal Birthday Celebration1998TV Movie documentarySir Edmund Blackadder
Ôsama no buranchi1998TV SeriesHimself
Les enfants de la télé1997TV SeriesHimself
The Story of Bean1997TV Special documentaryHimself
Lo + plus1997TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief1997TV SpecialHimself
The Nose at Ten1996TV SeriesHimself
Reflections of Mr. Bean1996TV MovieHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996TV SeriesHimself
La Marató 19951995TV SpecialHimself
La Lloll1995TV SeriesHimself
Live for Peace: A Royal Gala1995TV MovieHimself
Comic Relief1995TV SpecialHimself
Comic Relief: Behind the Nose1995TV SpecialMr. Bean
Talkshowet1993TV SeriesHimself
Hearts of Hot Shots Part Deux: A Filmmaker's Apology1993TV Short documentaryHimself
Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes1993TV SpecialMr. Bean
Funny Business1992TV Series documentaryPresenter / Various
Rowan Atkinson: Not Just a Pretty Face1992TV Special documentaryVarious Roles
Going Live!1991TV SeriesMr. Bean
Wogan1991TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief1991TV SpecialMr. Bean
The Driven Man1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hysteria 2!1989TV SpecialShakespeare's Manager
A Night of Comic Relief 21989TV SpecialHimself
Hysteria! Hysteria! Hysteria!1988TV SpecialMr. R (uncredited)
Live! From London1988TV SpecialHimself
Comic Relief1988TV SpecialEdmund Blackadder
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross1987TV SeriesHimself
The Grand Knockout Tournament1987TV SpecialLord Knock of Alton
Comic Relief1986/IITV Special documentaryHimself
Omnibus1986TV Series documentary
Bob Hope's Happy Birthday Homecoming (London Royal Gala)1985TV MovieHimself - Performer
Weekend in Wallop1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
Royal Variety Performance 19841984TV MovieHimself
The Secret Policeman's Other Ball1982DocumentaryHimself / Various Roles
Cleo and John1982TV Movie documentaryHimself
Fundamental Frolics1981Himself
The Secret Policeman's Ball1979TV Movie documentaryVarious Roles
And Now the Good News1978TV SeriesHimself
The South Bank Show2014TV Series documentary
Mel Smith: I've Sort of Done Things2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isles of Wonder2012TV SpecialMr. Bean
XXX Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony2012TV MovieHimself - Performer / Mr. Bean
How to Go Faster and Influence People: The Gordon Murray F1 Story2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - McLaren F1 Owner
John Howard Davies: A Life in Comedy2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Formula 1: BBC Sport2011TV Series
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996-2011TV SeriesHimself
Janela Indiscreta2011TV SeriesHimself
Wetten, dass..?2003-2011TV SeriesHimself
Daybreak2011TV SeriesHimself
Cinema 32003-2011TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine2011TV SeriesHimself
El hormiguero2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Prozhektorperiskhilton2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Top Gear2011TV SeriesHimself
Today2011TV SeriesHimself
Not Again: Not the Nine O'Clock News2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bondi Rescue2009TV SeriesHimself
Blackadder Rides Again2008TV Special documentaryHimself
Biography2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Mr. Bean's Holiday: Beans in Cannes2008Video shortHimself
Mr. Bean's Holiday: French Beans2008Video shortHimself
Mr. Bean's Holiday: The Human Bean2008Video shortHimself
L'hebdo cinéma2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Footy Show2007TV SeriesHimself
Richard & Judy2007TV SeriesHimself
Bean: Scenes Unseen2007Video documentary shortHimself / Mr. Bean
Noche Hache2007TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief 2007: The Big One2007TV SpecialMr. Bean
Red Nose Day2006TV SeriesHimself
Behind the Scenes: Big Trouble in Little Wallop2006Video documentary shortHimself / Walter Goodfellow (uncredited)
Keeping Mum: Big Trouble in Little Wallop2006Video documentary shortHimself / Walter Goodfellow (uncredited)
Sunrise2006TV SeriesHimself
The Funny Blokes of British Comedy2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Breakfast2005TV SeriesHimself
The Royal Wedding of HRH the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles2005TV MovieHimself
Arena1976-2004TV Series documentaryHimself
This Morning2004TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Talking Comedy2016TV Series
Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms2015TV Series documentaryBlackadder
Ade in Adland2013TV Mini-Series documentary
The Unforgettable Russell Harty2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee on The Russell Harty Show
My Favourite Joke2011TV SeriesEdmund Blackadder
Brows Held High2011TV SeriesEdmund Blackadder
Great TV Mistakes2010TV Movie documentaryEdmund Blackadder (uncredited)
A polos 252010TV SeriesMr. Bean
Mr. Bean's Wacky World2009Video GameMr. Bean
Blackadder's Most Cunning Moments2008TV Movie documentaryPrince Edmund - Duke of Edinburgh Lord Edmund Blackadder Edmund Blackadder ... (uncredited)
Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Morir de humor2008TV MovieMr. Bean
The Comedy Map of Britain2008TV Series documentaryHimself
That Fellow in the Coat2008TV SeriesZazu
50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases2008TV Movie documentaryEdmund Blackadder (uncredited)
PISA - Der Ländertest2007TV SeriesMr. Bean
The Secret Life of Brian2007TV Movie documentary uncredited
¿De qué te ríes?2006TV MovieMr. Bean
Room 1012005TV SeriesHimself
80s2005TV Series documentaryBlackadder
The Comedians' Comedian2005TV Movie documentary
Mickey's PhilharMagic2003ShortZazu
The Storytellers2003Video documentary shortRufus - Jewellery Salesman (uncredited)
The Real Vicars of Dibley2002TV MovieVicar (uncredited)
I Love Christmas2001TV Special documentary
The Sketch Show Story2001TV Series documentaryHimself / Various Roles (2001)
The Greatest2001TV Series documentaryEdmund Blackadder
Full Mountie2000TV SeriesHimself
The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Comic Relief Presents the Pick of the Nose1998VideoMr. Bean / Newsreader (uncredited)
The Final Frolics of Mr. Bean1994VideoMr. Bean
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Circle of Life1994Video shortZazu
Two Mikes Don't Make a Wright1993Documentary segment "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings"
Four Weddings and a Funeral: Production Featurette1993Video documentary shortFather Gerald (uncredited)
The Merry Mishaps of Mr. Bean1992VideoMr. Bean
The Perilous Persuits of Mr. Bean1992VideoMr. Bean
Comic Relief: Behind the Nose1992TV MovieHimself / Blackadder
Pandora's Box1992TV Mini-Series documentaryPolitician
Szeszélyes évszakok1991TV SeriesMr. Bean

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002TelvisTelvis AwardsForeign Male TV Performer (Ulkomainen miesesiintyjä)
1998TV PrizeAftonbladet TV Prize, SwedenBest Foreign TV Personality - Male (Bästa utländska man)
1996TV PrizeAftonbladet TV Prize, SwedenBest Foreign TV Personality - Male (Bästa utländska man)
1994TV PrizeAftonbladet TV Prize, SwedenBest Foreign TV Personality - Male (Bästa utländska man)
1993CableACECableACE AwardsWriting an Entertainment SpecialRowan Atkinson Live (1992)· Richard Curtis
· Ben Elton
1990BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceBlackadder Goes Forth (1989)
1981BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceNot the Nine O'Clock News (1979)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Grownup Love StoryKeeping Mum (2005)· Kristin Scott Thomas
2004PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble ActingLove Actually (2003)· Hugh Grant
· Colin Firth
· Sienna Guillory
· Liam Neeson
· Lulu Popplewell
· Emma Thompson
· Kris Marshall
· Heike Makatsch
· Martin Freeman
· Joanna Page
· Chiwetel Ejiofor
· Andrew Lincoln
· Keira Knightley
· Nina Sosanya
· Martine McCutcheon
· Laura Linney
· Thomas Brodie-Sangster
· Alan Rickman
· Rodrigo Santoro
· Claudia Schiffer
· Bill Nighy
· Gregor Fisher
· Rory MacGregor
· Carla Vasconcelos
· Shannon Elizabeth
2003Audience AwardEuropean Film AwardsBest European ActorJohnny English (2003)
1997National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular Comedy PerformerThe Thin Blue Line (1995)
1995CableACECableACE AwardsWriting an Entertainment SpecialMr. Bean (1990)· Richard Curtis
· Robin Driscoll
1995CableACECableACE AwardsPerformance in a Comedy SpecialMr. Bean (1990)
1994BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceMr. Bean (1990)
1993CableACECableACE AwardsPerformance in a Comedy SpecialRowan Atkinson Live (1992)
1993CableACECableACE AwardsComedy SpecialRowan Atkinson Live (1992)· Richard Curtis (writer)
· Jeff Ross (producer)
· Peter Bennett-Jones (executive producer)
· Andre Ptaszysnki (executive producer)
· Thomas Schlamme (director)
· Ben Elton (writer)
1992BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Comedy (Programme or Series)Mr. Bean (1990)· Richard Curtis
· Robin Driscoll
· John Howard Davies
1992BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceMr. Bean (1990)
1991BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceMr. Bean (1990)
1988BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceBlack Adder the Third (1987)
1983BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceNot the Nine O'Clock News (1979)


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#Fact
1He disliked the first series of Blackadder.
2Has trouble pronouncing words that begin with the letter B and followed by a vowel. He has to pause slightly to say them.
3His grandparents were all born in Durham. His paternal grandparents were Edward Atkinson, of Spennymoor, and Edith Gertrude Browell, of Crookhall. His maternal grandparents were Frank Bainbridge, of Hartlepool, and Ella Schofield, of Grosmont.
4He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Drama and to charity.
5Attended Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William's wedding.
6Has suffered with a stammer for many years, hence does not like giving interviews.
7On August 4, 2011 he was admitted to Peterborough City Hospital after crashing his McLaren Formula1 sports car. He suffered a light injury on his shoulder.
8He is the only actor to appear in every episode of Blackadder, Tony Robinson did not appear in the pilot.
9Owns a Aston Martin DB7 Vantage, which he used in the film Johnny English (2003).
10He had to pull out of his role in a West End production of Oliver in April 2009 due to hernia surgery.
11Along with Tony Robinson and Tim McInnerny, he is one of only three actors to appear in all four "Blackadder" series: The Black Adder (1982), Black-Adder II (1986), Black Adder the Third (1987) and Blackadder Goes Forth (1989).
12Has publicly opposed the British Labour government's plans to introduce new legislation on incitement to religious hatred, arguing that it would undermine free speech and thought (even citing the possible development of mind-reading technology), and that such measures would make political satire - which he considers seminal in a democracy - unworkable.
13He was one of the guests at Prince Charles' and Camilla Parker-Bowles' wedding.
14Once crashed his McLaren F1, a supercar valued at more than $1,000,000, into the back of a stationary Mini Metro, valued at around $600. The damage was not severe.
15He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Comedy Performance in 1982 for the 1981 season.
16Attended Cathedral Chorister School, Durham with Tony Blair.
17Races (and also crashes) his Aston Martins in the Aston Martins Owners club series.
18Education: Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK (electrical engineering); Oxford University, Oxford, UK (electrical engineering)
19Writes articles for CAR (a British car magazine).
20Owns various fast cars (Aston Martin Vantages, etc.).
21Has an HGV license (Heavy Goods Vehicle - the old legal term in the United Kingdom for goods vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight).
22Rides go-karts round his tennis courts and, according to Stephen Fry (his best man), "hasn't got an ounce of showbiz in him".
23Father of a son, Benjamin Alexander Sebastian Atkinson (born 1993) and a daughter, Lily Grace Atkinson (aka Lily Atkinson) (born 1995), with his wife Sunetra Sastry.

#Quote
1The more success you have, the more pressure you feel to make things to a good standard, for movies you make to make money and that sort of thing. One misses those days when you were 19 or 23 and you just did what made you laugh. What you and your friends thought was funny. And you did it, and if they laughed, great, and if they didn't, it didn't matter. As you get older you always think about everything so much, you're so concerned that what you do should be good and should be successful that it's the success you're pursuing rather than the fun of doing it, which is what's so great when you're younger... What's difficult for me on a movie is not playing Mr. Bean. The problem is the scripts. The problem is the shaping of the shots. The problem is the editing. The problem is all those things.
2I definitely do not have the wit of Blackadder. I definitely require scriptwriters to provide that. And I don't think I'm as dark or cynical as Blackadder is in his view of the world. Probably I'm somewhere in between but closer to Mr. Bean. You know, the nice bits of Mr. Bean, because Mr. Bean has a very vindictive and selfish and nasty side to him. I hope I don't have too much of that.
3I've always required a formal setting, a stage or a film or TV studio in which to perform. And above all I need to become somebody else. I'm certainly not a stand-up comedian in any sense.
4If I'm denied words, Mr. Bean's physicality and attitude to life is what I seem to acquire. In 1989, we put him on TV and no doubt the motivation was a belief that we had a character that could live in other markets and other countries. I was always envious of the fact that so many British musical artists in the late eighties, Phil Collins or David Bowie or Duran Duran or someone like that, assumed an international marketplace for their product, whereas British comedians don't. And I thought we have a tool here that will enable us to do that.
5[preparing to perform onstage the title role in Simon Gray's 'Quartermaine's Terms'] It's well known that tragedy and comedy are close bedfellows. It's rare, though, that you see them placed in such intimacy. Like most tragic figures, 'Quartermaine' is unaware of his own tragedy. What I love about him is his optimism. You don't tend to feel much sympathy for pessimistic people, but those who retain their optimism, despite the sadness of their lives, are interesting, engaging and sympathetic.
6[on being overwhelmed by fans at a Toronto shopping mall] It's a bit disconcerting being treated like Madonna.
7The casual ease which some people move from finding something offensive to wishing to declare it criminal - and are then able to find factions within government to aid their ambitions - is truly depressing.
8I remember looking up Johnny English (2003) in a film guide and it said 'intermittently hilarious' - quite a good description of five good jokes and a lot of longueurs. I find it frustrating that, apart from Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), I have yet to be involved in a film of which I am totally proud.
9Mr. Bean is essentially a child trapped in the body of a man. All cultures identify with children in a similar way, so he has this bizarre global outreach. And 10-year-old boys from different cultures have more in common than 30-year-olds. As we grow up, we acquire this sensibility that divides us.
10[commenting in 2004 on Britain's proposed Racial and Religious Hatred Bill] To criticize a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous, but to criticize their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom. The freedom to criticize ideas, any ideas - even if they are sincerely held beliefs - is one of the fundamental freedoms of society. A law which attempts to say you can criticize and ridicule ideas as long as they are not religious ideas is a very peculiar law indeed.
11People think because I can make them laugh on the stage, I'll be able to make them laugh in person. That isn't the case at all. I am essentially a rather quiet, dull person who just happens to be a performer.

#Trademark
1His characters: Mr. Bean and Blackadder
2Wide range of humorous expressions

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