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London 2012: Mr Bean 'Most Tweeted' Part Of Olympic Opening Ceremony

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Rowan Atkinson appeared at the London 2012 opening ceremony | Getty Images

The Olympic Opening Ceremony was among the year's most Tweeted-about events - but not even the Queen parachuting from a helicopter could beat Mr Bean.

Rowan Atkinson's turn as the globally-adored character - broadcast in dozens of countries and hugely popular in India, Pakistan and China - saw the biggest spike in mentions in the entire ceremony, Twitter has said.

The social network said at least 10 million Tweets have been sent about the Games since Friday.

But Atkinson's performance - in which he played a single note over and over during 'Chariots of Fire' with the London Symphony Orchestra - was the most talked-about moment.

Mr Bean later drifted off during the performance, and dreamed he was running with the cast of the 1981 British film.

Andrew Fitzgerald, Manager, Editorial Programming at Twitter, said:>

"The biggest spike in Twitter conversation during the Opening Ceremony? When Rowan Atkinson, a.k.a. Mr Bean, appeared in a hilariously memorable homage to the Olympians of 'Chariots of Fire'."

Other Twitter winners during the Games so far have included Lizzie Armitstead, whose silver medal in the women's cycling road race saw her gain <500 followers a second during her glorious surge from Box Hill to the Mall.

Below - we can't embed the Opening Ceremony video here due to copyright rules. But luckily, the bumbling Brit also turned up at the diving...


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