Rowan Atkinson Announces That He's Finished With Mr Bean

It's a sad day, guys - Rowan 'Mr Bean' Atkinson has announced that the hapless character will not be making a comeback.

Now, I know we haven't seen him for some time, but it's still pretty sad to know we'll never see him again. I'm taking this quite badly, to be honest.

Atkinson, 63, was appearing on The Graham Norton Show on the BBC when he said: "I doubt he will ever reappear," adding: "There does come a point when you've done all you can."

Heartbreaking that, isn't it?

However, he did give us a sliver of hope when he followed it up by saying: "But never say never."

Despite being on telly for what seems like forever, Atkinson said that although he does get spotted out and about, occasionally people aren't sure if they'll looking at the real deal.

"I get half recognised a lot," he told the host. "One man once said, 'You are the spitting image of Mr. Bean.'


"When I told him that I was the actor that played Mr. Bean, he laughed and said, 'I bet you wish you were. The resemblance is so uncanny you could get lookalike work. You'd make an absolute fortune!'"

Elsewhere, Atkinson revealed that although he's known for being a funny character, with appearances in Blackadder and Johnny English, he's actually not that much of a laugh while at work.

He said: "Only very, very occasionally do I find what I do funny.

"When they tried to make a blooper tape of Blackadder, they couldn't find anything of me laughing or making mistakes. There was nothing of me even being remotely amused."


Surprisingly, given its phenomenon world-wide success, there were only ever 15 episodes of Mr Bean (14 regular episodes and one 'best of'), which ran from 1990 to 1995.

The series did, however, spark two full-length movies - 1997's Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie and, 10 years later, Mr Bean's Holiday. There was also a bunch of sketches for Comic Relief and he made an appearance at the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony in London. Fancy.

There's also an animated spin-off series.

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC one at 10.35pm on Friday 5 October and will appear on iPlayer shortly after.

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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