Rowan Atkinson as Johnny English
Rowan Atkinson (Johnny English) is widely regarded as one of the funniest and most influential actors and comedy writers in British entertainment history. After several years garnering critical acclaim on stage, television and radio, he found national prominence with the satirical comedy show Not the Nine ‘O’ Clock News (BBC2). The show ran from 1979- 1982, within which time he won his first BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance.
In 1983 Atkinson co-created and starred in the television sitcom Blackadder. Such was the success of the show, it went on to spawn a further three series, as well as three specials, becoming one of the BBC’s most successful situation comedies of all time. The fourth series, Blackadder Goes Fourth won Rowan his second BAFTA Award for Best Entertainment Performance.
Atkinson made the transition to film in 1983, starring alongside Sean Connery in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again. He has since starred in a number of box office successes including The Tall Guy, Four Weddings & A Funeral and Love Actually. He also voiced the character of Zazu in Disney’s The Lion King. However, he is best known and globally celebrated for his two comedy creations Mr Bean and Johnny English. Johnny English had its first screen outing in 2003 and was followed in 2011 with Johnny English Reborn. Mr Bean’s world renown television series was followed with cinematic success in 1997 with Bean and then Mr Bean’s Holiday in 2007. He returned to television in animated form in 2001 in a series voiced by Atkinson. The ongoing, worldwide success of these two characters have secured Atkinson’s place in the British Comedy firmament, further exemplified in 2012 when he appeared in the Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony as Mr Bean.
Most recently, Atkinson starred in ITV’s adaptation of Georges Simenon’s Maigret, performing the title role, French detective Jules Maigret.
October 26, 2018
October 26, 2018