Rowan Atkinson is one of the most beloved and iconic British comedians of all time. He is best known for his roles in classic TV series such as Mr. Bean, Blackadder, and The Thin Blue Line, as well as films like Johnny English and Love Actually. However, there’s much more to this talented actor than meets the eye.
Atkinson was born in Consett County Durham on January 6th 1955. His father was a farmer and company director while his mother worked as a housewife. After attending Newcastle University he went on to study Electrical Engineering at Oxford where he met fellow comedy stars Richard Curtis and Hugh Laurie who would later become colleagues of his during their careers. During university he developed an interest in theatre after joining the Oxford Revue which led him to pursue acting professionally upon graduating from university in 1979 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
In 1981 Atkinson made his television debut with Not The Nine O Clock News which featured other comedy legends like Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson, Griff Rhys Jones and Chris Langham among others performing sketches about current events or everyday life situations that were often humorous yet thought provoking too – this show earned them all great respect within the industry due to its success over several seasons until it ended in 1982 when Rowan left for other projects including Blackadder which ran from 1983-1989 making it one of Britain’s longest running sitcoms ever produced by BBC One Network Television Station at that time period (1983-1989).
Atkinson has continued to be successful throughout his career appearing both on stage shows such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2002) & Oliver! (2009), but also films like Rat Race (2001), Keeping Mum (2005) & Johnny English Reborn (2011).
In addition to acting Atkinson has also been involved behind the scenes producing various works for television including Mr Bean: The Animated Series which aired between 2002 – 2004; Canned Laughter starring John Cleese; Not Only But Also featuring Peter Cook & Dudley Moore amongst many others throughout his career spanning over four decades now since 1979 till present day still going strong thanks mainly due its popularity around world despite language barriers being broken down through translation services available today so even international audiences can enjoy watching these timeless classics too!
Throughout this long journey Rowan has received numerous awards recognising not only himself but those who have worked alongside him too such nominations include BAFTA Awards for ‘Best Comedy Performance’ five times between 1989–1993 plus two further wins at National Film Awards UK back 1997/1998 respectively proving just how popular they are internationally especially being recognised by respected organisations outside England itself showing true testament towards sheer brilliance displayed across multiple mediums each project undertaken whether big screen cinema releases or smaller scale productions shown primarily through satellite networks alike.
Nobody should underestimate impact made by man whose drive ambition continues to delight viewers everywhere regardless of age or demographic groupings because everyone loves laughing right?