Rowan Atkinson was born on a farm in Durham on January 8th, 1956.
His father owned a farm in the area, but he was brought up in a residential area.
He had two older brothers Rupert and Rodney. He went to Public school
After an acclaimed revue at the Hampstead Theater in 1978,
Atkinson was offered starring roles in two British television series,
but chose instead to join the BBC's legendary "Not The Nine O'Clock News"
team, where he first performed with Tall Guy director Mel Smith. The show recorded
hugely successful albums, released several best-selling books, won an International
Emmy Award, and the British Academy Award for "Best Light Entertainment
For his performance in "Not the Nine O'Clock News," Atkinson personally
won the "British Academy Award" and was named "BBC Personality of the
Year." His show at London's Globe Theater was sold-out for its entire run,
In 1983, he began working with The Tall Guy screenwriter Richard Curtis on their"situation tragedy" -- "Black Adder" -- for BBC Television. After touring the world
with his own show and appearing in "The Nerd" in London's West End,
While filming The Tall Guy during the day, Atkinson could be found
in the theater in the evenings starring in "The Sneeze," a collection of Checkov
adaptations. Atkinson played a British consul opposite Sean Connery in the