Rowan Atkinson

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Rowan Atkinson as Edmund Blackadder.

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born January 6, 1955 in Consett, County Durham, England) is a British comedian and actor.

He toured with a one-man show, with Angus Deayton as the straight man. The one-man show was filmed for television, and is still popular on video. It characterises Atkinson's comedy style, which is tightly planned and scripted, often physically-based comedy - comedy as performance, rather than comedy as observation or discussion, observant of life as many of the routines were. Atkinson's talent for physical comedy has seen him described as "the man with the rubber face". In 1978 he was offered his own television series by ITV but turned it down in favour of Not the Nine O'Clock News.

He is perhaps best known to non-British audiences as the characters Edmund Blackadder and Mr. Bean.

In 2003, he was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.

Atkinson was educated at St Bees School and studied electrical engineering at Newcastle University then at Oxford (Queen's College), starting his comedy career at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is married and has two children. His major hobby is apparently fast cars, having written for the British magazine Car and owning and racing Aston Martin vehicles. He holds a UK HGV licence, and currently writes for the British magazine Evo, on running an MG XPower SV.

In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted amongst the top 50 comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.

He suffered from a stutter as a child and it sometimes returns when he is in stressful situations. In particular, the letter "B" poses a problem for him. He managed to overcome the problem through over articulation; however, this over articulation, somewhat ironically, evolved into one of his trademark comic devices in itself. His pronunciation of "Bob" in Blackadder being a famous example.

In June 2005, Atkinson led a coalition of the UK's most prominent actors and writers, including Nicholas Hytner and Ian McEwan, to the British Parliament in an attempt to force a review of the controversial Racial and Religious Hatred Bill - on the grounds that the Bill would give religious groups a "weapon of disproportionate power" whose threat would engender a culture of self-censorship among artists.

He has starred in several TV comedy series, among them:

He also played in several movies:

He has also appeared in television advertising campaigns for Hitachi electrical goods, Fujifilm, the Give Blood campaign and, most famously, as an espionage agent for Barclaycard.

Bean 2, the sequel to one of Atkinson's most famous roles, is set for release in 2006.

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