Actor Rowan Atkinson is expecting another child at the age of 62
Rowan Atkinson, the 62-year-old actor who is known for playing the likes of Mr Bean, Edmund Blackadder and Johnny English is expecting another child, at the ripe-old age of 62. Atkinson, who is a legend in the British comedy circuit, has been with Louise Ford for a number of years now, however, will be his first child with his current spouse.
The comedian-cum-actor whose wife is 30 years younger than him, already has two children who are already in their early-to-mid twenties but is expecting the new-born to arrive within the next few weeks, according to the Mirror.
Atkinson and Louise - who portrays Kate Middleton in the Channel 4 comedy The Windsors- began dating in 2014 after he split from his previous wife, Sunetra Sastry. Their 25-year marriage ended after a 65-second court hearing and within a year of the divorce, Louise moved into his £4.65million cottage in North London. A source said: “Rowan and Louise are over the moon and can’t wait for their new arrival. It’s a very happy time for them both.”
The couple met in 2012, when they performed together in the West End comedy, Quartermaine's Terms, and come from very different backgrounds.
Louise grew up in Bexley, South East London, where she attended the local grammar school. Her parents both worked regular jobs; with his father being a gas fitter and her mother working with disabled people. After finishing school, the actress went on to study at Southampton University and then went on to RADA acting school, where she met future Hollywood stars such as Tom Hiddleston and Gemma Arterton.
She said: “My parents were proud when I went to uni, less pleased when I wanted to be an actor, then more pleased when I went to Rada.”
While she has had success starring in The Windsors, Louise jokes that her "mother would love it if I was in Midsomer Murders".
Atkinson's background is vastly different: the actor was privately educated before he went on to study at Oxford University. He began his rise to fame after starring in the 1980's cult BBC comedy sketch show Not The Nine O'clock News.
The 62-year-old has gone on to have an illustrious career and estimated to be worth £70 million, a wealth he has accumulated through starring in classic films and programmes such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Blackadder and the iconic Mr Bean. Undoubtedly Atkinson's most infamous role, Mr Bean was first seen in 1990 and has appeared in three movies so far. The character also made an appearance at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012.
Despite his seemingly blossoming relationship with Louise, Atkinson says that he enjoys playing lonely figures, saying: “I’ve played quite a few of these sad, isolated bachelor figures – Bean is the most obvious. And I do identify with them, or aspects of them.”
The actor also claims that fame is something that he has struggled to get his head around: “It is bizarre. I try not to think about it too much. If I ever do stop and dwell on how well known my face is in so many obscure places of the world then I think I would find it quite disturbing.”
Atkinson goes to show that age is just a number and as long as his child is born into a loving family, why does it matter how old the father is?