Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson

Atkinson in 2011, image via magicinfoto/

Birth Name: Rowan Sebastian Atkinson

Place of Birth: Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 6 January, 1955

Ethnicity: English, as well as possibly one eighth Irish

Rowan Atkinson is an English actor, comedian, and writer. He is known for his Mr. Bean character. He has also been featured in Not the Nine O’Clock News, Blackadder, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Lion King, Johnny English, and Love Actually, among many other works.

He is the son of Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson, who was a farmer and company director. His brother, Rodney Atkinson, is a eurosceptic conservative academic, economist, and political commentator. Rowan has two children with his former wife Sunetra Sastry; and one child with his partner, comedian and actress Louise Ford.

Rowan’s paternal grandfather was Edward Atkinson (the son of William John Atkinson and Mary Ann Brannon). Edward was born in Spennymoor, Durham. William was the son of George Atkinson and Esther Ann Salmond. He was a coal miner. Marry Ann likely had Irish ancestry.

Rowan’s paternal grandmother was named Edith Browell (the daughter of William Browell and Elizabeth). Edith was born in Lanchester, Durham, England.

Rowan’s maternal grandfather was named Frank Bainbridge.

Rowan’s maternal grandmother was Ella Schofield (the daughter of George Schofield and Ada Hopkinson). Ella was born in Yorkshire. George was the son of George Schofield and Emma Harrison/Raw. Ada was the daughter of Joseph Hopkinson and Sarah Gregory.

Sources: Family history of Rowan Atkinson –

Genealogy of Rowan Atkinson –

Rowan’s paternal grandfather, Edward Atkinson, on the 1891 England and Wales Census –

20 Responses

  1. drzaius21 says:

    The is wildly inaccurate and has no sources. This actually has sources and corresponds with the newspaper article. Mary Ann Brennan was born in County Sligo and so were her parents meaning she would be of Irish descent. Everything else is English and sourced.

  2. andrew says:

    The surname Brannon is Irish. His name is Irish as well:

    Also “Salmond” is often Scottish (mind former Scotland PM).

    He played “Johnny English” character but he is likely part Irish (and possibly Scottish) too.

  3. Ardor says:

    Billy Connolly has Indian ancestry, which is funny because Billy looks more pure Celtic than Rowan does, and Rowan rather has a more Indian/Iranian look!

  4. MettaWorkPlease says:

    Comedy genius. One of Britain’s best exports

  5. Kimmel says:

    There is more in there than just English. Also, “Tasker”…?

    • Jessica21 says:

      No there isn’t, English people don’t even come close to looking like the super blue eyed blondes you all try to portray them as lol. They are one of the swarthiest in the North and have the more Neolithic/Meditteranean admixture than either the rest of the North or Northeast slavs

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