The English comic Rowan Atkinson attended Newcastle University before going to Oxford where he performed comedy reviews written jointly with screenwriter Richard Curtis.
After great revues 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. For his performance, Atkinson won the "British Academy Award" and was named "BBC Personality of the Year."
In the 1980's he co-wrote and performed in the BBC television series "Black Adder". Known around the world as "Mr. Bean" for his short comedies, Atkinson has also performed and written many other pieces and appeared in full length movies such as "Four Weddings and a Funeral".