Rowan Atkinson (well known as Mr. Bean) CBE is an English actor, comedian, and writer. Rowan Atkinson, who was born on January 6, 1955, may have more than 50 acting credits on his resume, but to most of the world he’ll always be best known as the ridiculously rubber-faced Mr. Bean.
Here are the top 12 interesting facts about the legendary comedian Mr. Bean A.k.a Rowan Atkinson:
1. Mr. Bean a non-speaking character evolution:
Rowan Atkinson began developing a non-speaking character more than a decade earlier than his television debut. He says, “I was asked in my first term at Oxford to do a sketch in this one-night show at the Oxford Playhouse, and I’d never written anything,” Atkinson recalls in The Story of Mr. Bean, a feature on Shout! Factory’s The Whole Bean DVD. “I’m not really naturally a writer, so I just had to invent sort of five minutes of something at 48 hours’ notice. I just stood in front of the mirror and started to mess about with my face. And this strange, surreal, sort of non-speaking character evolved.”
2. Only 14 episodes of Mr. Bean were ever produced!
You would have see so many episodes of Mr. Bean on YouTube or Television. Would you believe there were on 14 episodes produced? Yes, that’s true. It did, of course, spawn two movies, an animated series (which returned to British television in 2015), a video game, and some books, including Mr. Bean’s Definitive and Extremely Marvelous Guide to France.
3. Rowan Atkinson and Britain’s ex-Prime Minister, Tony Blair, were schoolmates at Durham Choristers School:
When he joined the school, Atkinson was eleven years old and Tony Blair was two years his senior. According to the school’s former headmaster, Canon John Grove, the two boys were quite opposite in their behavior. While Atkinson was shy and kept to himself, Blair was very outgoing and a model pupil who volunteered for everything.
4. Owns Expensive Cars!
He is obsessed with cars. He owns many cars including; Renault 5 GT Turbo, Honda Civic Hybrid, McLaren F1 and Austin Metro to name a few. Here is the quick look at Rowan Atkinson’s cars collection:
5. Rowan Atkinson co-created and co-wrote Mr. Bean, the British sitcom for which he is so famous, while studying for his masters.
Here is the glimpse of his amazing Mr bean acting:
6. Rowan Atkinson was inspired by Jacques Tati:
Over the years, Atkinson has repeatedly cited French comedian Jacques Tati as one of the great influences on Mr. Bean. “My interest in physical comedy was from discovering a film by Jacques Tati called Mr. Hulot’s Holiday,” Atkinson says in The Story of Bean. “It just struck a chord with me. I so admired it, because it was an uncompromising comic attitude and setting that I really admired.”
7. Rowan Atkinson thinks Mr. Bean is an anarchist:
Atkinson often refers to the character of Mr. Bean as “a child in a grown man’s body.” And in a 2003 interview with IGN, he called him “sort of such a natural anarchist. But at the same time, Mr. Bean is a very, very self-contained character because he’s so sort-of introspective and so selfish and self-centered that there’s no particular need to have another person in the scene to make him funny.”
8. Rowan Atkinson really can wiggle his ears:)
Mr. Bean’s legendary ear wiggle is one trait Atkinson has in common with his on-screen alter ego. While promoting Mr. Bean’s Holiday, ABC’s David Stratton asked “perhaps the most crucial question of the entire interview: can you really wiggle your ears?” To which Atkinson simply replied, “Yes, I can.”
9. Mr Bean Marriage and Wife:
In the late 1980’s he met the BBC makeup artist Sunetra Sastry. He married her in 1990. However, filed for a divorce in 2014.
10. Mr. Bean’s creators could not have predicted its success:
When asked about Mr. Bean’s enduring appeal during a BBC World Service radio interview earlier this year, executive producer Peter Bennett-Jones said, “I don’t think anyone could have anticipated quite how successful and long-lived it would be. Coming up to 25 years is an extraordinary thought since we first went on air on January 1, 1990. Mr. Bean’s been very good to us all, so we love Mr. Bean.
11. Mr. White, Mr. Cauliflower!
The name of his most famous role; Mr. Bean, was supposed to be Mr. White originally. It was changed to Mr. Cauliflower before finally being termed as Mr. Bean.
12. Acted with James Bond!
He is a huge James Bond fan, and even got to play a supporting role in the movie ‘Never say Never Again’ in the year 1983.