Rowan Atkinson hints at end of Mr Bean
Tim Clark19 November 2012
Rowan Atkinson has hinted that comedy fans could see less of his much-loved character Mr Bean as he concentrates on more serious stage roles.
The actor, 57, said the globally-recognised creation had been a commercial success, but that playing childlike roles as a middle-aged actor could be perceived as 'a little sad'.
In in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Atkinson said: '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.
'I also think someone in their 50s being childlike becomes a little sad. You've got to be careful.'
Atkinson's last outing as Mr Bean was at the Olympics Opening Ceremony where he brought a smile to the face of millions of fans around the world.
The actor is preparing to take the lead role in Simon Gray's Quartermaine's Terms in the West End.
Launched on ITV in 1990, Mr Bean pulled in massive viewing figures including almost 19million for the 1991 episode The Trouble With Mr Bean.
The show ran until 1995 and was seen 245 countries and made Atkinsdon a global star reportedly worth £71million.
Read theinterview with Rowan Atkinson in the Telegraph here.