Who Is Rowan Atkinson?
Rowan Atkinson is an English comedian who is best known for playing the long-running character of Mr. Bean, as well as the titular character in the sitcom Blackadder.
Before he started in comedy, Rowan’s career trajectory looked like it was going to take him someplace completely different. He received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Newcastle University, then took a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at The Queen's College, Oxford. He was in the middle of an Electrical Engineering PhD programme when fame struck.
Yes, that’s Rowan in an afro.
Throughout his time in Oxford, Rowan had dabbled in acting and comedy, participating in the Experimental Theatre Club and the Oxford University Dramatic Society. In 1976 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Rowan performed as part of The Oxford Revue. In the audience was John Lloyd, a radio producer; after watching Rowan’s set, John ran to meet him. “I rushed backstage after the show and introduced myself. I was convinced he would be more famous than Chaplin," John said.
John and Rowan would form a career-long partnership that would first result in the sketch comedy Not the Nine O’Clock News.
The show was a success and led to Rowan being cast in the starring role of Blackadder, which would go on to run for four series. Blackadder garnered widespread acclaim for Rowan, and it would lead to his most iconic role, Mr. Bean, in 1990.
Later in his career, Rowan would also become known for his appearances in cinema, showing up in an extensive movies list that includes Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, Tooth, and two Mr. Bean movies. He also starred in his own film series, Johnny English, which has three instalments to date.
Aside from film and TV, Rowan has also appeared onstage for theatrical productions, such as the West End performance of the musical Oliver!
Did Rowan Atkinson Die?
You might be wondering why we’re asking this question. Strangely, there have been several hoaxes about Rowan Atkinson’s supposed death. None of these are true, and Rowan is very much alive.
Who Is Rowan Atkinson’s Daughter?
In 1986, Rowan met Sunetra (Susan) Sastry, a make-up artist on the set of Blackadder. They started dating shortly after, and got married in February 1990. Together, they had two children, Lily Sastry and Benjamin Atkinson. Rowan and Sunetra split up in 2014 and formally divorced in 2015.
Lily was born around 1995, which makes her between 23 and 24 years of age. Unlike her brother Ben, Lily no longer uses her father’s surname, having switched to her mother’s surname in October 2017. While she hasn’t given any reason why she’s now known as Lily Sastry, the change came hot on the heels of Rowan’s announcement that he was going to have a third child with his new partner, Louise Ford.
Whatever the reason, it’s not because she had a falling out with her father. In fact, she was with him at the 2018 premiere of his film, Johnny English Strikes Again, walking by his side on the red carpet.
Where Did Lily Sastry Grow Up?
Lily grew up with her parents in the countryside. They had several homes, including one in Northamptonshire and one in Oxfordshire, and at some point, she went to a boarding school in Oundle. She’s a British national by birth.
What Is Lily Sastry’s Career?
Like her father, Lily is a performer, though a very different kind than Rowan! She’s a burlesque dancer and cabaret singer, who first performed in a sold-out show at The Pheasantry in 2016.
She has since performed in her own one-woman West End show, Lily. In 2018, she teased a music video for a new song, ‘Rat in Gold’, with a new artist name of ‘Lili Sastry’. The music video was later released in full on the director’s Vimeo channel.
As different as the two might seem, Lily’s dancing and Rowan’s brand of physical comedy share one important thing – the skillful use of motion. With these great moves, it’s not hard to see the resemblance as Mr. Bean’s daughter!
Is Lily Dating Anyone?
Unfortunately, there’s no information as to whether Lily is dating anyone right now.
Does Lily Have Any Siblings?
Lily has an older brother, Ben, who was accepted into the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2016. She also has a younger half-brother, Isla, who was born in December 2017 to Rowan and Louise Ford.
Has Lily Been Involved In Any Sex Scandals?
No, Lily doesn’t have any nude or scandalous photos or videos out there.
Taking After Dear Old Dad
While very little is known about Lily Sastry, she seems to be a budding celebrity with the full support of her father, who has reportedly helped finance her singing and dancing career. She’s been keeping a low profile lately, so we look forward to seeing what’s next for her!