LONDON, July 18 — Actor Rowan Atkinson was the victim of an online hoax over the weekend.
A viral Facebook post claimed that the comedian had committed suicide after “battling severe depression” following a “struggle with alcohol and drugs”.
Although the actor has yet to address the hoax publicly, UK’s The Sun newspaper has been confirmed that Atkinson is “alive and well”.
The Blackadder and Mr Bean star has been the subject of previous death hoaxes, most notably in 2012, when a Twitter rumour claimed that he had died in a car accident.
Mini Biography of Rowan Atkinson:
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on 6 January, 1955, in Consett, Co. Durham, UK, to Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson. His father owned a farm, where Rowan grew up with his two older brothers, Rupert and Rodney. He attended Newcastle University and Oxford University where he earned degrees in electrical engineering. During that time, he met screenwriter Richard Curtis, with whom he wrote and performed comedy revues.
Later, he co-wrote and appeared in Not the Nine O’Clock News (1979), which was a huge success and spawned several best-selling books. It won an International Emmy Award and the British Academy Award for “Best Light Entertainment Programme of 1980.” He won the “British Academy Award” and was named “BBC Personality of the Year” for his performing on Not the Nine O’Clock News (1979).
Atkinson also appeared in several movies, including Dead on Time (1983), Pleasure at Her Majesty’s (1976) (aka “Monty Python Meets Beyond the Fringe”), Never Say Never Again (1983), and The Tall Guy (1989). He played “Mr. Bean” in the TV series, Mr. Bean(1990) but, apart from that and Not the Nine O’Clock News (1979), he also appeared in several other series like The Black Adder (1982) and Funny Business (1992), etc.
Atkinson enjoys nothing better than fast cars. He has been married to Sunetra Sastrysince 1990, and they have two children, named Benjamin and Lily.
Father of a son, Benjamin Alexander Sebastian Atkinson (born 1993) and a daughter, Lily Grace Atkinson (aka Lily Atkinson
) (born 1995), with his wife Sunetra Sastry
Rides go-karts round his tennis courts and, according to Stephen Fry
(his best man), “hasn’t got an ounce of showbiz in him”.
Has an HGV license (Heavy Goods Vehicle – the old legal term in the United Kingdom for goods vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight).
Owns various fast cars (Aston Martin Vantages, etc.).
Writes articles for CAR (a British car magazine).
Education: Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK (electrical engineering); Oxford University, Oxford, UK (electrical engineering)
Races (and also crashes) his Aston Martins in the Aston Martins Owners club series.
Attended Cathedral Chorister School, Durham with Tony Blair
He was awarded the Laurence Olivier
Theatre Award for Best Comedy Performance in 1982 for the 1981 season.
Once crashed his McLaren F1, a supercar valued at more than $1,000,000, into the back of a stationary Mini Metro, valued at around $600. The damage was not severe.
Has publicly opposed the British Labour government’s plans to introduce new legislation on incitement to religious hatred, arguing that it would undermine free speech and thought (even citing the possible development of mind-reading technology), and that such measures would make political satire – which he considers seminal in a democracy – unworkable.
He had to pull out of his role in a West End production of Oliver in April 2009 due to hernia surgery.
Owns a Aston Martin DB7 Vantage, which he used in the film Johnny English
He is the only actor to appear in every episode of Blackadder, Tony Robinson
did not appear in the pilot.
On August 4, 2011 he was admitted to Peterborough City Hospital after crashing his McLaren Formula1 sports car. He suffered a light injury on his shoulder.
Has suffered with a stammer for many years, hence does not like giving interviews.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to Drama and to charity.
London, England: Actor [June 2013]
His grandparents were all born in Durham. His paternal grandparents were Edward Atkinson, of Spennymoor, and Edith Gertrude Browell, of Crookhall. His maternal grandparents were Frank Bainbridge, of Hartlepool, and Ella Schofield, of Grosmont.
Has trouble pronouncing words that begin with the letter B and followed by a vowel. He has to pause slightly to say them.
He disliked the first series of Blackadder.
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