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Atkinson, Rowan 1955–

ATKINSON, Rowan 1955

PERSONAL

Full name, Rowan Sebastian Atkinson; born January 6, 1955, in NewcastleuponTyne, England; son of Eric (a farm owner) and Ella May Atkinson; married Sunetra Sastry (a makeup artist), 1990; children: Benjamin, Lily. Education: University of Newcastle, B.Sc.; The Queen's College, Oxford, M.Sc. Avocational Interests: Cars, motor sports.

Addresses: Agent Mike Simpson, William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager Peter BennettJones, PBJ Management, Ltd., 7 Soho St., London W1D 3DQ, England.

Career: Actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Tiger Aspect (production company), principal. Appeared in advertisements, including commercials for Barclaycard and M&M candy.

Awards, Honors: BBC personality of the year, 1980, Television Award, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, best light entertainment television performance, 1981, and International Emmy Award, all for Not the Nine O'Clock News; Laurence Olivier Award, Society of West End Theatre, best comedy performance of the year, 1982, for Rowan Atkinson in Revue; BBC personality of the year, 1989; Television Award, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, best light entertainment television performance, 1990, for Blackadder Goes Forth; multiple awards, including Golden Rose, Montreaux Television Festival, all 1990, for Mr. Bean; Television Award nomination, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, best light entertainment television performance, 1991, for "The Curse of Mr. Bean," Mr. Bean; Annual CableACE Award (with Richard Curtis), National Cable Television Association, best comedy special, 1994, for Merry Christmas Mr. Bean; Aftonbladet Television Prize, Sweden, best foreign male television personality, 1994, 1996, 1998; Telvis Award, Finland, outstanding foreign male television performer, 2002; award for best cable television comedy, for Blackadder.

CREDITS

Television Appearances; Series:

Reporter and various characters, Not the Nine O'Clock News, BBC2, 19791980 and 1982.

Prince Edmund (the Duke of Edinburgh [title role]), The Black Adder (also known as Blackadder ), BBC, 1983.

Lord Edmund Blackadder, Blackadder II (also known as BlackAdder II ), BBC, 1986.

Edmund Blackadder, Esquire (butler to the prince), Blackadder the Third (also known as Blackadder III ), BBC, 1987.

Captain Edmund Blackadder, Blackadder Goes Forth (also known as Blackadder IV ), BBC, 1989, then Arts and Entertainment.

Title role, Mr. Bean (also known as Dr. Bean ), ITV, 19901995, then CBC, HBO, and PBS.

Sir Henry "Tim" Birkin, Full Throttle (also known as Heroes and Villains: Full Throttle ), BBC, 1995.

Inspector Raymond C. Fowler, The Thin Blue Line, BBC, 19951996, later PBS.

Himself, The Nose at Ten, [Great Britain], beginning 1996.

Voice of Mr. Bean, Mr. Bean (animated), CBC, 20022003.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Robert Box, Dave Perry, and Mr. Marshall, Canned Laughter, 1979.

Himself, Weekend in Wallop, ITV, 1984.

Sir Edmund Blackadder, Blackadder: The Cavalier Years, 1988.

Charles Pinkworth, Bernard and the Genie, BBC, 1992.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Various characters, Peter Cook & Co., [Great Britain], 1980.

Himself, Comic Relief (also known as The Utterly Utterly Rude Video Live ), BBC, 1986.

"Just for Laughs II" (also known as "Juste pour rire"), Showtime Comedy Spotlight, Showtime, 1987.

Lord Knock of Alton, The Grand Knockout Tournament, BBC, 1987.

(Uncredited) Mr. R, Hysteria! Hysteria! Hysteria!, [Great Britain], 1988.

Himself, "Live! From London," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1988.

Ebenezer Blackadder, Commodore Edmund Blackadder, Lord Edmund Blackadder, and Edmund Blackadder, Esquire, Blackadder's Christmas Carol, BBC, 1988, Arts and Entertainment, 1989.

Dr. Schooner, Steven Wright in the Appointments of Dennis Jennings (also known as The Appointments of Dennis Jennings ), HBO, 1989.

Shakespeare's manager, Hysteria 2!, [Great Britain], 1989.

"Montreal International Comedy Festival," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1989.

Mr. Bean, Merry Christmas Mr. Bean, 1992.

"Rowan Atkinson: Not Just Another Pretty Face" (also known as "Rowan Atkinson Live," "Rowan Atkinson: Not Just a Pretty Face," and "Rowan Atkinson on Location in Boston"), HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1992.

Mr. Bean, Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes, BBC, 1993.

Presenter, Laughing Matters (also known as Funny Business ), Showtime, 1993.

Himself, The Driven Man, [Great Britain], 1993.

Mr. Bean, Comic Relief: Behind the Nose, BBC, 1995.

Himself and Mr. Bean, Reflections of Mr. Bean, 1996.

Himself and Mr. Bean, The Story of Bean, 1997.

Himself, The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money (also known as Wie man die Leute von ihrem Geld trennt ), Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen and Bravo, 1998.

Sir Edmund Blackadder, A Royal Birthday Celebration, ITV, 1998.

The ninth doctor, Comic Relief: Doctor Who and the Curse of Final Death (also known as Doctor Who: The Curse of the Final Death ), BBC, 1999.

Performer, The Royal Variety Performance 2000, BBC, 2000.

Edmund Blackadder (in archive footage), The 100 Greatest TV Characters, Channel 4, 2001.

Neville, Comic Relief Short Pants, 2001.

Himself, Comic Relief: Say Pants to Poverty, BBC, 2001.

(In archive footage) I Love Christmas, BBC, 2001.

Sir Osmond DarlingBlackadder, The Jubilee Girl, BBC, 2002.

Martin Bashir, Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do, BBC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

The Innes Book of Records, BBC, 1980.

Himself, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, BBC, 1990.

Himself, Talkshowet, 1993.

Mr. Bean, Ohh Nooo! Mr. Bill Presents, Fox Family Channel, 1998.

(In archive footage) Himself and various characters, The Sketch Show Story (also known as Victoria Wood's Sketch Show Story ), BBC, 2001.

Himself, "Wetten, das aus Luzern," Wetten, dass?, 2003.

Himself, Parkinson, BBC, 2003.

Judge, Pet Star, Animal Planet, 2003.

Himself, Sen kvaell med Luuk, 2003.

Himself, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2003.

Appeared as a guest in Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC.

Television Appearances; Other:

Edmund Blackadder, Laughter in the House: The Story of British Sitcom (miniseries), [Great Britain], 1999.

Appeared as the narrator in the unaired pilot Boohbah.

Television Work; Series:

Creator, Not the Nine O' Clock News, BBC2, 19791980 and 1982.

Creator, The Black Adder (also known as Blackadder ), BBC, 1983.

Cocreator, Blackadder the Third (also known as Blackadder III ), BBC, 1987.

Coexecutive producer, Mr. Bean (animated), CBC, 20022003.

Television Work; Specials:

Director, Comic Relief (also known as The Utterly Utterly Rude Video Live ), BBC, 1986.

Creator, Laughing Matters (also known as Funny Business ), Showtime, 1993.

Film Appearances:

Monty Python Meets Beyond the Fringe (also known as Pleasure at Her Majesty's ), 1977.

Various characters, The Secret Policeman's Ball (also known as The 1979 Amnesty International Comedy Gala ), Tigon/Amnesty International/Island, 1979.

Himself, Fundamental Frolics, 1981.

Various characters, The Secret Policeman's Other Ball, United International Pictures, 1981.

Bernard Fripp, Dead on Time, 1982.

Nigel SmallFawcett, Never Say Never Again (also known as Warhead and James Bond 007Sag niemals nie ), Warner Bros., 1983.

Ron Anderson, The Tall Guy, Virgin Vision, 1989.

Mr. Stringer, The Witches, Warner Bros., 1990.

Two Mikes Don't Make a Wright, 1992.

Dexter Hayman, Hot Shots! Part Deux (also known as Hot Shots! 2 ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1993.

Father Gerald, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gramercy, 1994.

Voice of Zazu, The Lion King (animated; also known as King of the Jungle ), Buena Vista, 1994.

Mr. Bean (title role), Bean (also known as Bean: The Movie, Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie, and Dr. Bean ), Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, 1997.

Lord Edmund Blackadder, King Edmund III, and Blackaddercus, Blackadder Back & Forth (short), VCI Distribution, 1999.

Mr. James, Maybe Baby, USA Films, 2000.

Enrico Pollini, Rat Race (also known as Course folle ), Paramount, 2001.

Emile Mondavarious (owner of Spooky Island), Scooby Doo, Warner Bros., 2002.

Title role, Johnny English, Universal, 2003.

Rufus, Love Actually, Universal, 2003.

(Uncredited) Voice of Zazu, Mickey's PhilharMagic (animated), Buena Vista, 2003.

Film Work:

Executive producer and character creator, Bean (also known as Bean: The Movie, Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie, and Dr. Bean ), Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, 1997.

Character creator, Blackadder Back & Forth (short), VCI Distribution, 1999.

Stage Appearances:

Beyond a Joke, Hampstead, England, 1978.

The Secret Policeman's Ball (comedy gala; also known as The 1979 Amnesty International Comedy Gala ), Her Majesty's Theatre, London, 1979.

Rowan Atkinson in Revue, Globe Theatre, London, 1981.

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (comedy gala), Drury Lane Theatre, London, 1981.

Not in Front of the Audience, Drury Lane Theatre, 1982.

Rick Steadman, The Nerd, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1984.

Rowan Atkinson at the Atkinson, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1986.

Rowan Atkinson: The New Revue, Shaftesbury Theatre, London, 1986.

Mime Gala, London International Mime Festival, Bloomsbury Theatre, London, 1987.

The Sneeze, Aldwych Theatre, 1988.

Appeared in Oxford University Revues, Oxford Playhouse, Oxford, England, c. 1977; and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1977.

Major Tours:

Has appeared in solo shows that have toured the United States, Canada, Australia, and Asia.

RECORDINGS

Videos:

Oh What the Hell, Part I, Video Arts Production, 1984.

Oh What the Hell, Part II, Video Arts Production, 1984.

Mr. Bean, The Amazing Adventures of Mr. Bean, 1989.

Mr. Bean, The Exciting Escapades of Mr. Bean, 1990.

Mr. Bean, The Trouble with Mr. Bean, 1991.

Mr. Bean, The Merry Mishaps of Mr. Bean, 1992.

Mr. Bean, The Perilous Persuits of Mr. Bean, 1992.

Mr. Bean, The Final Frolics of Mr. Bean, 1994.

Voice of Zazu, Disney SingalongSongs: The Lion King Circle of Life, 1994.

Mr. Bean, Unseen Bean, 1995.

Mr. Bean, The Best Bits of Mr. Bean, 1997.

Himself, Making "Rat Race," Paramount/Fireworks Pictures, 2001.

Video Games:

Voice, Legacy of Kain: Defiance (also known as Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver II ), Eidos Interactive, 2003.

Music Videos:

(As Mr. Bean) "Picture of You," by Boyzone, 1997.

Audiobooks:

Rowan Atkinson Reads Tom Brown's Schooldays, Listen for Pleasure, 1981.

Singles:

Recorded the singles (with Kate Bush) "Do Bears" and (with Bruce Dickinson) "Elected."

WRITINGS

Teleplays; Series:

(With others) Not the Nine O'Clock News, BBC2, 19791980 and 1982.

(With Richard Curtis) The Black Adder (also known as Blackadder ), BBC, 1983.

Blackadder II (also known as BlackAdder II ), BBC, 1986.

Blackadder the Third (also known as Blackadder III ), BBC, 1987.

Blackadder Goes Forth (also known as Blackadder IV ), BBC, 1989, then Arts and Entertainment.

(With Robin Driscoll, Richard Curtis, and Ben Elton) Mr. Bean (also known as Dr. Bean ), ITV, 19901995, then CBC, HBO, and PBS.

Ohh Nooo! Mr. Bill Presents, Fox Family Channel, 1998.

Teleplays; Movies:

Canned Laughter, 1979.

Teleplays; Specials:

(With Richard Curtis) Merry Christmas Mr. Bean, 1992.

"Rowan Atkinson: Not Just Another Pretty Face" (also known as "Rowan Atkinson Live," "Rowan Atkinson: Not Just a Pretty Face," and "Rowan Atkinson on Location in Boston"), HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1992.

The Driven Man, [Great Britain], 1993.

(With others) Laughing Matters (also known as Funny Business ), Showtime, 1993.

Screenplays:

The Secret Policeman's Ball (also known as The 1979 Amnesty International Comedy Gala ), Tigon/Amnesty International/Island, 1979.

Writings for the Stage:

The Secret Policeman's Ball (comedy gala; also known as The 1979 Amnesty International Comedy Gala ), Her Majesty's Theatre, London, 1979.

(With Richard Curtis) Rowan Atkinson in Revue, Globe Theatre, London, 1981.

(With Curtis and Ben Elton) Rowan Atkinson at the Atkinson, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1986.

(With Curtis and Elton) Rowan Atkinson: The New Revue, Shaftesbury Theatre, London, 1986.

With Richard Curtis, writer for Oxford University Revues, Oxford Playhouse, Oxford, England, c. 1977, and for work performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1977.

Videos:

The Best Bits of Mr. Bean, 1997.

Nonfiction:

Columnist for Car magazine.

OTHER SOURCES

Periodicals:

Entertainment Weekly, November 21, 1997; March 27, 1998; July 25, 2003.

Maclean's, October 20, 1997.

People Weekly, November 24, 1997; December 1, 1997.

Times (London), April 11, 2003.

Variety, June 23, 1997.

Electronic:

Rowan Atkinson Information Gateway, http://www.rowanatkinson.org, August 29, 2003.

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