|Born||6 January 1955|
|First appearance||"The Foretelling"|
|Last appearance||The Royal Gardener|
|Series||The Black Adder|
Blackadder the Third
Blackadder Goes Forth
|Episode count||24 Episodes + Pilot, 3 Specials|
Rowan Atkinson, CBE (born 6 January 1955) is an English comedian, screenwriter, and actor. He is most famous for his work on the satirical sketch comedy show Not The Nine O'Clock News, and the sitcoms Blackadder, Mr. Bean, and The Thin Blue Line. He also starred in the films Mr Bean, Mr Bean's Holiday, Johnny English more recently Johnny English Reborn. He has been listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest actors in British comedy, and amongst the top 50 comedy actors ever in a 2005 poll of fellow comedians. He played the title role in all Blackadder productions.
The success of Not the Nine O'Clock News led to Rowan's starring in the medieval sitcom The Black Adder, which he also co-wrote with Richard Curtis, in 1983. After a three-year gap, in part due to budgetary concerns, a second series was written, this time by Curtis and Ben Elton, and first screened in 1986. Blackadder II followed the fortunes of one of the descendants of Atkinson's original character, this time in the Elizabethan era. The same pattern was repeated in the two sequels Blackadder the Third (1987) (set in the Regency era), and Blackadder Goes Forth (1989) (set in World War I). The Blackadder series went on to become one of the most successful BBC situation comedies of all time, spawning television specials including Blackadder's Christmas Carol(1988) and Blackadder: The Cavalier Years(1988).
Roles in Blackadder
The Black Adder: Prince Edmund
Blackadder II: Lord Edmund Blackadder
Blackadder Goes Forth: Captain Blackadder