Why Famous: Rowan Atkinson first rose to prominence in the sketch TV show "Not the Nine O'Clock News" and was named "BBC Personality of the Year" in 1979.
Atkinson followed this with the TV series "The Black Adder" in 1983, written with his university friend Richard Curtis. The series was renamed "Blackadder" and ran for four series and featured such comedic talent as Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Robbie Coltrane.
Atkinson and Curtis went on to create the character of Mr Bean, a child man who hardly speaks. The series proved widely successful worldwide and spawned two films and an animated series.
Atkinson has also appeared in a number of successful film roles, including "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994), The Lion King" (1994) as the voice of Zazu and the Johnny English James Bond film parodies.
- 1990-02-05 Actor Rowan Atkinson (35) weds Sunetra Sastry in New York
- 1979-10-16 Comedy sketch show "Not the Nine O'Clock News" debuts starring Rowan Atkinson, Chris Langham, Pamela Stephenson and Mel Smith on BBC 2
- 1983-06-15 "Black Adder" TV comedy premieres starring Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson and written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson on BBC1
- 1989-11-02 "Blackadder Goes Forth" final episode "Goodbyeee" airs starring Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton
- 1994-06-15 Disney's animated musical film "The Lion King" opens in theaters with $42 million
- 1997-11-07 "Bean" film directed by Mel Smith and starring Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean opens in the US