Rowan Atkinson

People Say You Should Never Meet Your Heroes... Those People Never Met Rik Mayall

Andrea Mann | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Andrea Mann

Rik was ridiculously charming, funny and generous - and clearly loved by the crew around him. He was also, I was embarrassed but delighted to learn, flirtatious. After the chat and the autograph, one of the crew took our photo together: I put my arm around Rik, he put his hand on my bottom. But it wasn't, I hasten to add, the slightest bit creepy or slimey. It was funny, and brilliant. Clearly, this man wasn't making a play for me - he was just absolutely making my day. It was, in short, pretty much the most perfect meeting-of-a-hero you could wish for.

A Who's Who of the Edinburgh Festival

Daniel Parker | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Parker

It's that time of year again; Edinburgh is ablaze with art, theatre, and music from around the world. For the month of August, Edinburgh is the culture capital of the world, as thousands of musicians, street-performers, actors, comedians, authors, and artists demonstrate their art at various venues across the city.

'Blackadder' Film: They Have A Cunning Plan

PA | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Entertainment

Rowan Atkinson has reportedly met with Blackadder producer John Lloyd to discuss the possibility of a Blackadder movie. Rowan, Tony Robinson, Hugh ...

WATCH: 10 Of Mel Smith's Greatest Sketches

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Comedy

The British comedy world is mourning the loss of one of its greats, Mel Smith, who has died at the age of 60. As a comedian and actor, Smith will b...

Tributes To Mel Smith: A Comic Legend And 'Nice Bloke'

Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Entertainment

Tributes have been flooding in for comic, actor and director Mel Smith, who has died at the age of 60. They were led by his friend and comedy partn...

WATCH: 12 Great Sketches By Rowan Atkinson, CBE

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Comedy

Hurrah and huzzah! Rowan Atkinson has been made a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours - and says "it came as a genuine surprise and is a great honour"...

WATCH: 'Jesus Turned Water Into Non-Alcoholic Wine'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Comedy

Imagine the scene. You're pro-Jesus but anti-alcohol. How do you explain that tricky part in the New Testament where Our Lord turned water into wine? ...

Blackadder - A Cunning Plan

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Iddo Goldfarb

Blackadder teaches us a great deal, not necessarily about British history but more about the English class system and the attitudes of Englishmen on its different rungs, in particular towards each other.

Rowan Atkinson's Supercar Smash Cost £910,000

WENN | Posted 09.04.2013 | Home

Rowan Atkinson's infamous 2011 supercar smash proved expensive - it cost him a whopping £910,000 to have his luxury motor fixed. The Mr. Bean star...

50 Greatest British TV Comedy Characters Of All Time

What Culture! | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Comedy

British comedy may not be in quite as healthy a position as it used to be, but for good reason classic shows like Fawlty Towers, Only Fools & Horses a...

Matthew Tucker

Blackadder Is Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Tucker | Posted 23.12.2012 | Home

In the presence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, Lord Blackadder was reunited with sidekick Baldrick at the Prince's Trust gala...

Just A Has-Bean? Atkinson Hints At End To Much-Loved Character

PA | Posted 17.11.2012 | UK Entertainment

Rowan Atkinson has hinted that comedy fans could see less of his much-loved character Mr Bean as he concentrates on more serious stage roles. The a...

The Road to Hell - My Defence of Sexist, Racist and (Yes Certainly) Rape Jokes

John Fleming | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

Banning any jokes about anything is a bad idea. Trying to get comedy club owners to ban comedians who (they believe) tell or have told or may tell 'rape jokes' is not just a bad idea, it is actively dangerous. Where does the censorship end?

Rowan Atkinson Is Right - We Need More Free Speech - But We Also Need More Responsible Speech

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

The right to insult means we should have the right to express our views ‎without fear of prosecution, even if they happen to insult someone. What it surely doesn't mean is ‎the obligation to intentionally trample upon people's sensitivities.

Should We Be Allowed To Freely Insult Each Other?

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK

Rowan Atkinson has launched a campaign demanding a change in a law that risks limiting free expression and feeds a 'creeping culture of censoriousness...

The Unofficial Olympic Inspiration Legacy™

Andrea Mann | Posted 13.10.2012 | UK Sport
Andrea Mann

Work hard with the talent you've been given, don't let failure set you back, strive to be the best version of yourself that you can possible be - those are the lessons, that's the inspiration, that I'm taking away from these Games, its incredible Olympians, and all those who made it happen.

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

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Tech

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....

Huge Rise In Danny Boyle Film Sales After Spectacular Opening Ceremony

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Dean | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK Entertainment

Viewers around the globe heaped praise on Danny Boyle's epic Olympics Opening Ceremony this weekend and following the celebrations, the director has s...

'Dazzling': World's Press Heaps Praise On Opening Ceremony

PA | Posted 28.07.2012 | UK

It had been shrouded in intense secrecy in the run-up to the Games, but the wait for the London 2012 opening ceremony seemed to be worthwhile as viewe...

How To Win Friends And Influence People When Talking About British TV Comedy: A Guide For Americans

Andrea Mann | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Comedy
Andrea Mann

American cousins! And other Americans to whom I am not related! Ever found yourself at a tea party - the British, not crazed lunatic Republican, kind - and suddenly been at a loss for words when the topic of conversation moves, inevitably, to British television comedy? Fear not. For here is a handy guide to What To Say in such a situation - or indeed, when conversing with Brits in the Huffington Post Comedy Club comments. The following 20 pointers are intended to make you blend in with British people...

Atkinson Attacks Ageism Row

PA | Posted 23.02.2012 | UK Entertainment

Blackadder star Rowan Atkinson has waded into the debate about ageism on television, saying Miriam O'Reilly's legal action against the BBC was an "att...

'I Should Have Done This Years Ago'

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 15.02.2012 | UK Entertainment

Rowan Atkinson has done it again, proving that Blackadder wasn't a fluke, and Mr Bean wasn't a lucky follow-up. One of the UK's most enduringly su...

WATCH: Every Middle Finger From The Movies

Huffington Post UK | Alastair Plumb | Posted 31.01.2012 | UK Comedy

You want swearing from the movies? You got swearing from the movies. Boasting all the best bird-flips - as those American fellows call it - from throu...

Rowan Atkinson Turns Into Mr Bean As He Watches Lewis Hamilton's F1 Crash (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Stephen Hull | Posted 30.12.2011 | UK Entertainment

Rowan Atkinson has achieved world recognition for his bungling Mr Bean character. But for anyone who thought it was acting, think again. His rea...

Johnny English Enjoys Resounding Box Office Rebirth

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.12.2011 | UK Entertainment

Rowan Atkinson is no stranger to success, but even he must have been chuffed by his box office figures for Johnny English Reborn over the weekend. ...