Oct 10, 2016 04:15 AM EDT
The world knows him as Mr. Bean. Who usually goes on screen muffling and mumbling his lines. With his adorable Teddy, he takes on the world. But the man behind Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson, is not just a brilliant actor. He is also a brilliant and educated man.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, according to The Richest. He earned this degree at Newcastle University. Does Mr. Bean look like the type to know a little bit about electronics? The man behind the character is well versed in that field of study.
Born in 1955, this English actor started his education at the Durham Choristers School - a preparatory school. He then attended St. Bees School. Then, he enrolled in Newcastle University for an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering.
But he did not stop there. Because in 1975, he enrolled in a Master's program in Electrical Engineering at the Queen's College at Oxford University. However, his studies were not just all about engineering. He became involved in the Oxford University Dramatic Society and other theater clubs in the city. It was in his graduate school days that he developed Mr. Bean - his comedic character that everyone now knows and love.
In 2006, he became an Honorary Fellow of the Queen's College at Oxford University. This earned him the title as one of the 50 funniest actors in British Comedy, according to The Observer. He adopted a similar persona as Johnny English in the movie 'Johnny English' and 'Johnny English Reborn.'
Clearly, his love for comedy is obvious. He even appeared at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony as Mr. Bean in a comedy sketch.
Now, Mr. Bean is settling very well in retirement. According to Rowan Atkinson, "The stuff that has been most commercially successful for me - basically quite physical, quite childish - I increasingly feel I'm going to do a lot less of." He notes that he can no longer physical able portray the character. And being childlike in his 50s looks sad. But that does not stop fans from watching reruns of his live-action television shows, movies and animation.© 2017 University Herald, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.