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Top 10 Facts - Rowan Atkinson
12.05.2015
Fact #1

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.

Fact #2

Atkinson ?rst 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).

Fact #3

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.

Fact #4

Atkinson starred in a series of comedy shows for BBC Radio 3 in 1978 called The Atkinson People. It consisted of a series of satirical interviews with ?ctional great men, who were played by Atkinson himself. The series was written by Atkinson and Richard Curtis, and produced by Griff Rhys Jones.

Fact #5

Atkinson's ?lm career began with a supporting part in the 'unof?cial' James Bond movie Never Say Never Again (1983) and a leading role in Dead on Time (also 1983) with Nigel Hawthorne. He was in the 1988 Oscar-winning short ?lm The Appointments of Dennis Jennings.

Fact #6

He has also starred in the James Bond parody Johnny English (2003) and its sequel, Johnny English Reborn (Z011).

Fact #7

Rowan Atkinson was formerly in a relationship with actress Leslie Ash. He married Sunetra Sastry in February 1990. They have two children, daughter Lily (an actress), and son Beniamin. In February 2014, it was announced that Atkinson had ?led for divorce from Sastry. They were divorced in 65 seconds on 10 November 2015.

Fact #8

With an estimated wealth of approximately ?85 million,[citation needed] 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.

Fact #9

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.

Fact #10

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

Fact #11
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