Rowan Atkinson’s greatest movies and TV exhibits

Since he first burst into the general public eye in 1979 as a member of the ground-breaking Not the Nine O’Clock News group, Rowan Atkinson has created a number of comedian characters which have proved enduringly standard not simply within the UK however proper the world over.

Atkinson’s best-loved Not the Nine O’Clock News sketches are a mix of bodily comedy and sharp-tongued witticisms and it’s a mixture of abilities which the actor has exploited ever since, from the acerbic Blackadder to the absurd Mr Bean. His rubber-faced contortions have additionally stolen scenes in films, from Love Actually to James Bond.

Man vs Bee, Atkinson’s new sequence of quick movies on Netflix, sees the 67-year-old show that age isn’t any barrier to his flavour of bodily comedy. 

In the nine-episode sequence, Atkinson performs lovable however bumbling dad Trevor. When he lands a brand new job as a housesitter, Trevor’s first task is at an opulent mansion crammed with priceless art work, traditional vehicles and an cute canine known as Cupcake. But when a bee lands on the scene, can Trevor hold all the things below management, or will their raucous rivalry simply result in more and more disastrous penalties?

The sequence of 10-minute episodes, which additionally stars Jing Lusi (Gangs of London), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Green Wing), Greg McHugh (The A Word), India Fowler (White Lines), Claudie Blakely (Call the Midwife) and Tom Basden (Plebs), is launched on Netflix from 24 June.

Here are 5 extra favorite TV exhibits and movies from Rowan Atkinson’s profession which you can get pleasure from proper now – and some extra movies to identify him in. 


Rowan Atkinson as the various Edmund Blackadders


Atkinson’s most enduring comedian position is definitely 4 roles as he portrayed scheming Edmund Blackadder throughout 430 years of historical past.

From the cowardly prince of The Black Adder to the cynical military captain of Blackadder Goes Forth, by way of Tudor and Regency incarnations, Atkinson and a trusty troupe of co-stars together with Tony Robinson, Tim McInerny, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, together with writers Ben Elton and Richard Curtis, created a comedy dynasty that’s nonetheless fondly remembered – and usually quoted – to today. 

As nicely because the 4 six-episode sequence, made between 1983 and 1989, the 1988 particular Blackadder’s Christmas Carol – which turned Dickens’ morality story on its head – are all accessible to look at on BritBox. You’d must be dumber than Baldrick, thicker than a whale omelette and madder than Mad Jack McMad to not be a part of Blackadder’s journey by way of time.

The Black Adder, Blackadder II, Blackadder the Third, Blackadder Goes Forth and Blackadder’s Christmas Carol are all accessible to look at on BritBox.

Mr Bean 

Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean

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A 12 months after the witty, wise-cracking Blackadder bade farewell, Atkinson demonstrated his comedian versatility by introducing us to a personality who barely spoke in any respect and but who went on to change into one in every of British tv’s hottest exports.

Atkinson had been portraying the buffoonish Bean since his faculty days within the Seventies, however had put him to 1 facet till the 1987 Just For Laughs comedy competition in Montreal, Canada, when he signed up for the French-speaking invoice with a purpose to see how his model of bodily comedy would fare on a global stage.

The routine was an enormous success, and on New Year’s Day 1990 ITV broadcast the primary of 15 half-hour episodes which ran sporadically till 1995.

But Mr Bean’s citron inexperienced Mini didn’t keep within the storage for lengthy. A function movie, known as Bean and directed by Atkinson’s former Not the Nine O’Clock News collaborator Mel Smith, got here out in 1997, adopted by a sequel, Mr Bean’s Holiday, 10 years later.  

An animated sequence and a number of other Comic Relief specials adopted earlier than Bean underlined his worldwide fame – the unique sequence has been offered in 245 territories worldwide – by becoming a member of the London Symphony Orchestra for a hilarious rendition of the theme to Chariots of Fire.

Watch all 15 episodes of Mr Bean on Netflix, Prime Video and BritBox.

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Johnny English

In the Nineteen Nineties, Atkinson starred as bumbling MI7 spy Richard Latham in a sequence of TV adverts for Barclaycard.

In 2003, the character, now renamed Johnny English, made his big-screen debut in a parody of the James Bond movies. With assistant Bough (Ben Miller) and Interpol agent Campbell (Natalie Imbruglia), English – quickly promoted from a desk job to a front-line undercover agent – is assigned to thwart an try by Pascal Sauvage (John Malkovich) to steal the crown jewels and change into King of England.

The movie spawned two sequels, 2011’s Johnny English Reborn and 2018’s Johnny English Strikes Again, which sees the agent recalled from retirement for one final mission.

Watch Johnny English and Johnny English Reborn on Prime Video.

The Thin Blue Line

Rowan Atkinson and James Dreyfus in The Thin Blue Line


Atkinson and Blackadder author Ben Elton have been reunited in 1995 for policing sitcom The Thin Blue Line. Atkinson performs Inspector Raymond Fowler, a fussy, old school uniformed officer continually at loggerheads with DI Derek Grim (David Haig), the CID chief at Gasforth Police Station.

Fowler’s colleagues at Gasforth embody naïve PC Goody (James Dreyfus, above), old-timer PC Gladstone (Rudolph Walker) and the intense, pushed WPC Habib (Mina Anwar). He additionally has to fend off the sexual advances of desk sergeant Patricia Dawkins (Serena Evans), who simply occurs to be his accomplice of 10 years however who doesn’t share his prudishness in bodily issues.

Kevin Allen and later Mark Addy co-star as laddish CID officers who work with Grim to wind up Fowler, though it’s the uniformed officer who often wins the day.

The sequence options a variety of references to Blackadder, together with a Sergeant Darling, references to unusually formed greens and an look by Stephen Fry as a particularly loud and hare-brained authority determine not in contrast to General Melchett.

Watch sequence 1 & 2 of the Thin Blue Line on BritBox and Prime Video.


Rowan Atkinson as Inspector Maigret


In a departure from his comedian roles, Atkinson took on the position of George Simenon’s French detective Jules Maigret in 4 feature-length ITV dramas.

Atkinson performed the quiet, contemplative Parisian sleuth, greatest identified for puffing on his pipe whereas contemplating the clues in violent homicide instances.

“I have been a devourer of the Maigret novels for many years and I’m very much looking forward to playing such an intriguing character, at work in Paris during a fascinating period in its history,” the actor stated earlier than filming started on the primary episode, Maigret Sets a Trap.

It was a courageous transfer by Atkinson, particularly because the early Nineteen Nineties diversifications starring Michael Gambon have been comparatively recent within the thoughts. The sequence met with a combined reception, though one reviewer did reward Atkinson for exhibiting his comedian chops within the position.

“The Mr Bean actor has a superbly expressive face that crinkles with compassion or hardens into an implacable wall of determination with the flicker of a few muscles,” wrote Christopher Stevens within the Daily Mail.

“That face has been the basis of all his comedy, because it can be so wildly contorted. Yet it is also capable of real subtlety.”

Watch sequence 1 of Maigret on the ITV Hub.

Rowan Atkinson’s film roles and cameos

Sean Connery and Rowan Atkinson in Never Say Never Again


Atkinson has made a variety of appearances, often in lead roles however typically in hilarious cameos, in a variety of films…

Never Say Never Again (1983) as Nigel-Small Fawcett, a Foreign Office consultant within the Bahamas who crosses paths with Sean Connery’s 007.

The Tall Guy (1989) as Ron Anderson, an obnoxious comedian and accomplice to straight man Dexter (Jeff Goldblum). Writer Richard Curtis primarily based Anderson on Atkinson.

The Lion King (1994) because the hornbill Zazu, the strict majordomo of the pridelands. A uncommon alternative to listen to Atkinson singing, of types, I Just Can’t Wait to Be King.

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) as Father Gerald, the tongue-tied priest (“the father, the son and the holy goat”) who presides over marriage ceremony no.2.

Maybe Baby (2000) as Mr James, the straight-talking gynaecologist in Ben Elton’s comedy concerning the trials of IVF, starring Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson.

Love Actually (2003) as Rufus, the jewelry salesman with a penchant for over-enthusiastic gift-wrapping which just about lands Harry (Alan Rickman) in hassle.

Keeping Mum (2005) as Reverend Walter Goodfellow on this black comedy starring Maggie Smith as a seemingly candy housekeeper with a really darkish secret.

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