Date of Birth: 06/01/1955
Place of birth: Newcastle-under-Tyne
Citizenship: United Kingdom
Rowan Atkinson (biography)
"We`re talking seriously! Immediately stop playing the fool! What a punishment this child!" - These words of the son of an English farmer Rowan Atkinson is constantly heard from early childhood. And yet he never thought playing the fool, and not the other way around, the boy was serious, just a little too thoughtful. But when Rowan about something to think about how his face itself arose most absurd grimace. This much he freaks. Always skipping past the ears reprimands parents and two older brothers, the boy sternly frowned, then he smiled broadly one he driven thoughts. And the person at the same time had the most stupid ...
Sitting at his desk in the Newcastle school, he often dreamed of, without noticing that the teacher has a few minutes talking directly to him, Atkinson. He, of course, smiling. Classmates called him "alien - from ear to ear" (the nickname remember Rowan so much that many years later he took the saver to "Mr. Bean" of space overture movie "Terminator"). With that, he studied Rowan good at school, he was considered a fool. He was terribly naive: Tell him somebody, for example, that his whole back is white - he dutifully took the clothes brush and went to zerkalu- and so at least ten times a day ... The only one in the class who did not laugh at him was a serious boy named Tony Blair (the future Prime Minister of Great Britain has been passionate about learning, not grimaces eccentric Atkinson). More than anything, Rowan wanted to be like everyone else, but it did not work. It is fortunate that the teachers quickly got used to his involuntary grimace and certification assessments strangeness Atkinson did not affect. Moreover, for the achievements in the field of physics and mathematics, he received direction in Oxford at the Faculty of Engineering.
It soon became clear that in Oxford blockheads who like to make fun of the wonderful guy, no less than in the Newcastle school. And in the lecture hall Rowan also felt like an outsider. But there he became acquainted with a certain Richard Curtis, a student activist theater. Richard Rowan has advised to try his hand at comic pantomime - and has not lost: it has since become a permanent sponsor of all sketches, pantomimes, and scripts Atkinson and earn much more than someone from Oxford scoffers.
One day, preparing the student skit, Atkinson two solid hours built funny faces at her reflection in the mirror. Curtis, Visitor to visit a friend, he asked: "And what are you going to act?" Rowan remeasure a bunch of clown costumes, taken in the wardrobe of the theater, but nothing like Curtis. "You know, it was much funnier when you`re grimacing in his usual clothes," - he reasoned. And Atkinson decided to act in their own tweed jacket with suede patches on the elbows - a hair`s breadth the same, in what go to work millions of ordinary Londoners. This skit has decided the fate of Rowan Atkinson. Firstly, a resounding success forced him to leave Oxford and move in comedians. And secondly, it was the birth of Mr. Bean: after tweed jacket with patches became indispensable uniforms Mr Bean and ... same indispensable talisman Mr Atkinson.
Acting, Atkinson nowhere and never studied. To be successful on the stage it is quite turned his face from the nature of the rolling stock and other tips ... Curtis following the Atkinson in London. Especially Rowan go well eccentric pantomime, and solo performance, dedicated to all the same character of the student skit, collected notices. However, professional success does not affect the ability to Rowan to find common language with people in everyday life. Talent to compose sketches still coexisted in him with ... complete absence of a sense of humor when it came to other people`s jokes. And still do not wish to become a respectable person Rowan strongly interfered with the girls. As soon as some beauty to talk to him a few minutes, it started to irritate quite unsuited to the case grimaces Atkinson.
Perhaps these girls biting elbows with anger, when in 1990, a rejected suitor came to real fame: there was a TV version of the play - in her favorite character was named Atkinson, Mr. Bean (in English it means "fasolinka", ie small chto-to helpless that you can ride on a desk or eat). World real wave swept binomanii. The series is collected for the year to 123 million pounds - more than, say, Paul McCartney, along with the rest of the ex-Beatle and Lennon`s widow - Yoko Ono.
A considerable part of the army of fans of children constitute Atkinson. They believe that Bin behaves exactly as we would like them to themselves, but they do not allow parents. British women adore him as "the funniest sex symbol." And men like Bina, because his antics do not look at their own behavior. "There is in the world fools! Thank God, I do not like that!" - About the secret reason ordinary English.
But representatives of the British establishment did not relate to the number of fans of Mr. Bean. In particular, Tony Blair still does not find a former classmate funny. The fact that the British, mastering and conquering continents for centuries nurtured its image of thoroughbred, self-confident, well-bred and infallible people - perfect gentlemen. And then suddenly the whole world saw how ridiculous londonets- "fasolinka" ever slip up, late for work, tired all its pettiness and stupidity. From this "revelation", but still clothed in the form of charming insanity, foreign audience was delighted. A Japanese Academy for the training of managers of HR services found that the majority of Japanese people are tired of impenetrable bureaucratic entities of their superiors, dream to see Mr Bean as his boss.
Of course, Atkinson played not only Bina. He has appeared in episodes - in particular, the role of the chief James Bond - Connery film "Never say" never ", or priest in the film" Four Weddings and a Funeral "And on the stage, he scored a lot of roles, including roles in productions. . on Chekhov But all this for Atkinson something like a hobby his real profession -.. be Mr Bean He considers himself an actor in one role, and even proud of the fact it is this role made him one of the highest paid British actors of "Somewhere.. in the back room of my house quietly buzzing machine that prints money. This machine is called "enterprise of Mr. Bean". However, the car is already processed and myself "- says Atkinson short, for some time now to be Mr Bean was not just his profession but also his destiny..
Private life Atkinson is covered by such an impenetrable veil of mystery that many doubt - and if left in this man anything except his character. Of course, Rowan has a family: wife Sunetra Sastry (makeup artist) and two children - six-year and four-year-Benjamin Lily. They all live very secluded in a luxurious castle of the XVIII century in Oxfordshire. During the nine years of marriage, he led his wife out no more than a dozen times. The fact that he is jealous ... Sunetra to Bina. "Sometimes it seems to me that it`s not me, and he`s married to her. And from what she was to marry me? Everyone knows that I`m boring. In short, I do not want to drive his wife to where she might be mistakenly called Mrs. Bean "- once confessed the actor. The thing is that Rowan and Sunetra met on the croquet field in the moment when the actor practiced one of the comic stunts for the film on Binet. As luck would have it, at Atkinson in the day it was the most famous tweed jacket, wearing which he had, and he does not understand who he is - an actor or character.
Wherever the Atkinson appeared, he greeted with shouts: "Look, Mr. Bean!" Over time, he himself used to look at myself only as a counterpart of the character. "I think we`re twins. We were separated when we were nine years old, since then I have had to grow up, and he remained a big child. Nine-year. But when I meet him, I myself become the same" - confessed the actor. By the way, the date of his birth forty-four Rowan says January 1, 1990 - the day of the official birth of television Mr. Bean. Even the interview, he prefers to give the name of his character. "So I feel much more relaxed. After all, hardly anyone would dream of offending Handsome Bean or tactless to ask him questions." Alas, such a "security system" is not perfect, because it can not protect you from love ... frantic fans.
Three years ago in Toronto, where the actor came to advertise their series, Atkinson was nearly torn to pieces. Another three hours before the scheduled time for a meeting with the audience in the largest commercial center of a crowd of at least four thousand people. The police was horrified, because the situation had become unmanageable. Atkinson recommended a little cool delight of spectators came out not in uniform Bina, as in any other suit, but the actor flatly refused. He did not need these people, they need only to Mr. Bean, Atkinson reasoned. So he went out to his fans and said: "Let me introduce myself my name is Mr. Bean." - And then ... was lifted into the air by hundreds of hands. he could not free himself, he cries for help over the roar of the crowd no one heard. Only the police miraculously managed to fight off the pale and frightened actor. The famous tweed jacket with patches was torn to shreds ...
But this story is not weaned from the habit submitted Atkinson Mr Bean and the people live in his guise. And it is something which, as tweed jacket with patches had enough.
In the series Mr. Bean - as befits a "little man" - always travels on the wreck of the brand "mini". This compact car is now adorned in a special avtomuzee stars near the colossal "Batmobile" from the Hollywood series Batman. But Atkinson - the owner of a whole collection of very expensive sports cars brand "Aston Martin". A passion for good cars - the only thing that completely belongs to himself, and not Bina, says the actor. And recently, he put hundreds of thousands of pounds for a miracle surviving copy of the very first model of the British racing car - a gift to the museum of London cars.
But Rowan is not just an amateur collector. From time to time, he wrote serious articles in professional "Kar" Automobile Magazine (engineering knowledge still useful). Moreover, Atkinson is also an experienced racing driver. Last year, he even took the honor for the layman`s eighth place in the UK national races. But in recent years, and in this reserved area of ??life actor entered irrepressible Bean. One day, noting that the stadium was too ill together with one of his rivals, Atkinson during the break between races ... donned the famous tweed jacket and played brief pantomime. The audience was delighted and began to get sick of it already. "Mr. Atkinson is very boring subject, and so no one needs But Bean interesting to all." - With a touch of envy in his voice light says the actor.