He did a monologue about driving followed by the thing he still does now, where he mimes and talks at the same time. It was unlike anything else I had ever seen. It was pure genius.
Following this groundbreaking monologue, within three years Rowan Atkinson was a star. By 1979 he was appearing on the “Not the Nine O’Clock News” alongside some already famous comedians. Although this show was short-lived, it paved the way for even bigger things. In 1983 he and Curtis created the popular and clever Blackadder, which cemented him as a force to be reckoned with, as well as launching the careers of several other actors, High Laurie among them. Then in 1990, Rowan Atkinson, the one time PhD student struck gold when he invented Mr Bean, his most famous character.
From humble beginnings as a shy, stuttering student studying Electrical Engineering at Oxford, Atkinson is now one of the highest paid British comedians.