It is the birthday of our favourite comedian, Rowan Atkinson. The British actor who is well known for playing Mr. Bean turns 60 today.
Rowan Atkinson has always entertained us and made us laugh with his roles. Be it movies, TV or his on-stage performances, Atkinson, is one of the hilarious talents we all love. He doesn't mind making fun of himself, giving us laughter with those expressions and showing the considerable physical entanglements.
We all know the character on-screen, but not much about his off-screen life. Thus, we decided to take a look at some interesting facts about Mr. Bean aka Rowan Atkinson. Did you know, the British actor went to school with future Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
Rowan Atkinson is also well educated. He studied electrical engineering at Newscastle University and continued the degree of M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in Queen's College, Oxford. Another interesting fact about Rowan Atkinson is, he loves driving cars and lorries. He has written for the British car magazines.
Here are some more interesting facts about birthday boy, Rowan Atkinson aka Mr. Bean which you must know.
Tony Blair was his classmate
The British actor went to school with future Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
His obsession with cars
Like a man, Rowan too loves cars. His first car was a Morris Minor on the family farm. He owns McLaren F1, Renault 5 GT Turbo, Austin Metro Audi A8 and a Honda Civic Hybrid to name a few. Rowan has also written for British car magazines.
One of the biggest moments of his life was when Atkinson got Class 1 license to drive a lorry (semi-truck) in 1980. He used this new skill for a sketch during the "Not the Nine O'Clock News" titled "I Love Trucking".
But hates Porsche
Atkinson once said, "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."
Rowan is well educated. He did electrical engineering at Newscastle University and got the degree of M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in Queen's College, Oxford.
Before he got popular as Mr. Bean in 1990, Atkinson became the youngest performer to have had a one-man show in the West End, 1981.
Interest in politics
In June 2005, Atkinson led a coalition of the UK'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 2012, he voiced his support for the Reform Section 5 campaign.
James Bond fan
Rowan Atkinson is a big Bond fan. His film career started when he was a supporting character in the "unofficial" James Bond movie "Never Say Never Again" in 1983.
Keeps a very private life
Rowan Atkinson has always kept his private life very much far away from the media. He was in a relationship with Leslie Ash but after the break up, he got hitched to Sunetra Sastry. The couple who have two kids together announced their separation in 2014.