Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on 6th January 1955, in Consett, County Durham, England, into a normal Anglican family. Rowan is an entertainer, comedian and scriptwriter, undoubtedly best known world-wide for his comic portrayal of “Mr. Bean”, in a largely visual TV series of the same name, which transcends language and culture, and which spawned feature films in the 1990s and 2000s.
So just how rich is Rowan Atkinson? Sources estimate that Rowan’s net worth amounts to $130 million, which has been accumulated during his career in the entertainment industry spanning almost 40 years, and is the largest among current comic actors in the UK.
Rowan Atkinson Net Worth $130 Million
Rowan Atkinson attended St Bees School before graduating from the University of Newcastle with a degree in Electric Engineering, then studied at Queens College, Oxford for a Master’s in the same subject. However, Rowan started performing while he was a student. He first came to notice with a program called “The Atkinson People” which was released on BBC radio in 1978, and which was the start of his net worth growth. Soon afterwards he moved on to television work, appearing in “Not the Nine O’Clock News” (1979-82) which was produced by John Lloyd, and in which he was also involved as a co – writer.These series added substantially to Rowan’s net worth.
The performances for which Rowan Atkinson is best known are the four series of “The Black Adder”, throughout the 1980s, and for making up his iconic and very popular character of Mr. Bean in several TV series beginning in 1990. Rowan has several times attempted to ‘retire’ Mr. Bean, but the popularity of the character continues to this day. There have been two “Mr. Bean” movies also, the first in 1997 – also starring Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, and Kristin Scott Thomas – contributing considerably to Atkinson’s net worth, as it grossed more than $620 million at the box office.”Mr. Bean’s Holiday” in 2007 was almost equally successful.
Rowan Atkinson has appeared in more than 20 movies, including “Never Say Never Again” (based on the James Bond novel “Thunderball”), and the following based on novels written by Richard Curtis: “The Tall Guy”, “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, and “Love Actually”. Another two movies were created on the basis of his popular character called “Johnny English”, the first of that title earning him a nomination for European Film Award as Best Actor.
Additionally, Rowan Atkinson has performed on stage, most significantly in the musical Oliver! in 2009, playing Fagin, which brought favourable reviews and a nomination for an Olivier award for best actor in a musical.
Rowan Atkinson was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity. He was included in to the list of “The Observer” as one of the most humorous characters in British comedy, and among the top 50 comics ever.
In Rowan Atkinson’s personal life, he married Sunetra Sastri in 1990, and they have two children. Rowan filed for divorce in 2014, and has been seen in public with Louise Ford.
Because of Rowan Atkinson’s net worth, he is able to enjoy his love of expensive cars, although he started with driving his mother’s Morris Minor around the family farm. Atkinson has a driving license of C + E lorry category which was gained in 1981, a benefit when filming comedy material.
As lover of car racing he filmed as a racer Henry Birkin in the television play “Full Throttle” in 1995. Rowan Atkinson has been in a racer’s role in other cars like a Renault 5 GT Turbo for two seasons. A McLaren F1 is one more expensive actor’s toy in which he has been involved in minor car crashes. He has owned a Honda NSX previously, and now owns an Audi A8 and a Honda Civic Hybrid.
Has trouble pronouncing words that begin with the letter B and followed by a vowel. He has to pause slightly to say them.
His grandparents were all born in Durham. His paternal grandparents were Edward Atkinson, of Spennymoor, and Edith Gertrude Browell, of Crookhall. His maternal grandparents were Frank Bainbridge, of Hartlepool, and Ella Schofield, of Grosmont.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Drama and to charity.
Has publicly opposed the British Labour government's plans to introduce new legislation on incitement to religious hatred, arguing that it would undermine free speech and thought (even citing the possible development of mind-reading technology), and that such measures would make political satire - which he considers seminal in a democracy - unworkable.
Once crashed his McLaren F1, a supercar valued at more than $1,000,000, into the back of a stationary Mini Metro, valued at around $600. The damage was not severe.
He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Comedy Performance in 1982 for the 1981 season.
Attended Cathedral Chorister School, Durham with Tony Blair.
Races (and also crashes) his Aston Martins in the Aston Martins Owners club series.
Education: Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK (electrical engineering); Oxford University, Oxford, UK (electrical engineering)
Writes articles for CAR (a British car magazine).
Owns various fast cars (Aston Martin Vantages, etc.).
Has an HGV license (Heavy Goods Vehicle - the old legal term in the United Kingdom for goods vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight).
Rides go-karts round his tennis courts and, according to Stephen Fry (his best man), "hasn't got an ounce of showbiz in him".
Father of a son, Benjamin Alexander Sebastian Atkinson (born 1993) and a daughter, Lily Grace Atkinson (aka Lily Atkinson) (born 1995), with his wife Sunetra Sastry.
His characters: Mr. Bean and Blackadder
Wide range of humorous expressions
The more success you have, the more pressure you feel to make things to a good standard, for movies you make to make money and that sort of thing. One misses those days when you were 19 or 23 and you just did what made you laugh. What you and your friends thought was funny. And you did it, and if they laughed, great, and if they didn't, it didn't matter. As you get older you always think about everything so much, you're so concerned that what you do should be good and should be successful that it's the success you're pursuing rather than the fun of doing it, which is what's so great when you're younger... What's difficult for me on a movie is not playing Mr. Bean. The problem is the scripts. The problem is the shaping of the shots. The problem is the editing. The problem is all those things.
I definitely do not have the wit of Blackadder. I definitely require scriptwriters to provide that. And I don't think I'm as dark or cynical as Blackadder is in his view of the world. Probably I'm somewhere in between but closer to Mr. Bean. You know, the nice bits of Mr. Bean, because Mr. Bean has a very vindictive and selfish and nasty side to him. I hope I don't have too much of that.
I've always required a formal setting, a stage or a film or TV studio in which to perform. And above all I need to become somebody else. I'm certainly not a stand-up comedian in any sense.
If I'm denied words, Mr. Bean's physicality and attitude to life is what I seem to acquire. In 1989, we put him on TV and no doubt the motivation was a belief that we had a character that could live in other markets and other countries. I was always envious of the fact that so many British musical artists in the late eighties, Phil Collins or David Bowie or Duran Duran or someone like that, assumed an international marketplace for their product, whereas British comedians don't. And I thought we have a tool here that will enable us to do that.
[preparing to perform onstage the title role in Simon Gray's 'Quartermaine's Terms'] It's well known that tragedy and comedy are close bedfellows. It's rare, though, that you see them placed in such intimacy. Like most tragic figures, 'Quartermaine' is unaware of his own tragedy. What I love about him is his optimism. You don't tend to feel much sympathy for pessimistic people, but those who retain their optimism, despite the sadness of their lives, are interesting, engaging and sympathetic.
[on being overwhelmed by fans at a Toronto shopping mall] It's a bit disconcerting being treated like Madonna.
The casual ease which some people move from finding something offensive to wishing to declare it criminal - and are then able to find factions within government to aid their ambitions - is truly depressing.
I remember looking up Johnny English (2003) in a film guide and it said 'intermittently hilarious' - quite a good description of five good jokes and a lot of longueurs. I find it frustrating that, apart from Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), I have yet to be involved in a film of which I am totally proud.
Mr. Bean is essentially a child trapped in the body of a man. All cultures identify with children in a similar way, so he has this bizarre global outreach. And 10-year-old boys from different cultures have more in common than 30-year-olds. As we grow up, we acquire this sensibility that divides us.
[commenting in 2004 on Britain's proposed Racial and Religious Hatred Bill] To criticize a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous, but to criticize their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom. The freedom to criticize ideas, any ideas - even if they are sincerely held beliefs - is one of the fundamental freedoms of society. A law which attempts to say you can criticize and ridicule ideas as long as they are not religious ideas is a very peculiar law indeed.
People think because I can make them laugh on the stage, I'll be able to make them laugh in person. That isn't the case at all. I am essentially a rather quiet, dull person who just happens to be a performer.