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Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, CBE

Also Known As: "'Mr. Bean'"
Birthplace: Consett, County Durham, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Eric Atkinson and Ella May Bainbridge
Ex-husband of Private
Father of Private and Private
Brother of Private and Private

Occupation: Actor, comedian and writer.
Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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About Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born 6 January 1955) is an English actor, comedian and screenwriter. He is well known for his work on the satirical sketch comedy show Not the Nine O'Clock News, and the sitcoms Blackadder, Mr. Bean and The Thin Blue Line. He has been listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest actors in British comedy,[4] and amongst the top 50 comedians ever in a 2005 poll of fellow comedians.[5] He has had cinematic success with his performances in the Mr. Bean movie adaptations Bean and Mr. Bean's Holiday and in Johnny English and its sequel Johnny English Reborn. ____________________________________________________________________________

Photo: Atkinson racing in a Jaguar Mark VII M at the Goodwood Revival motor racing festival in England in 2009 Article on Wikipedia ____________________________________________________________________________


What is the most extreme example of human willpower and discipline?

One man that deserves to have his story told is:

Rowan Atkinson aka Mr. Bean Rowan Atkinson’s struggle to make it to the big stage is a classic example of how difficult achieving success can be. This is especially the case when you’re born into a middle-class family and with a serious speaking disorder. Despite his humble beginnings, Atkinson was admitted to Oxford University through sheer hard-work. It was there, where his passion for acting and comedy began to blossom.

He joined a campus comedy group but often performed poorly, mainly because of his speaking disorder. He persevered however, and decided to give acting a shot. Unfortunately, it only resulted in him being rejected by a number of different television shows. The reason: his persistent stammering. At this point it would be understandable for anyone in his situation to hang in the towel and pick up a normal trade. One that wouldn’t generate the disappointment and failure he had already experienced so much of.

Not Mr. Atkinson. He realized that his stuttering stopped whenever he played a specific character. He stated and I quote:

“I found that when I played a character other than myself, the stammering disappeared.”

Sadly, even in the midst of this breakthrough the rejection continued. Why this time? Simply because he did not have a “television face” or “heroic body.”

Did he give up? NOPE!

He started his own show called, Mr. Bean, which shot through the roof! It almost immediately became a global success. In retrospect, those hardships contributed heavily to the success he has achieved thus far. Today, he is one of the most recognized celebrities in the world with a net worth over $100 million. What’s the lesson here? It’s one that we’ve heard time and time again. Hard work is not defined by how you look physically, it is defined by how persistent, determined, and self-disciplined you are to make your dreams a reality. Mr. Atkinson may not be a war hero or may have the usual “rags-to-riches” story. However, he’s still a perfect example of why you shouldn’t quit just because rejection has become all too common in your life. You never know how close you are to success unless you refuse to give up.

“To be successful you don’t need beautiful face and heroic body, what you need is skillful mind and ability to perform.”

- Rowan Atkinson

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Rowan Atkinson's Timeline

January 6, 1955
Consett, County Durham, England