Mr. Bean has reached the grand old age of 20! He's one of the most treasured characters in TV history and a true comedy legend, with a massive following both in the UK and worldwide. Whether stuffing the turkey or preparing for a meeting with royalty, over the last 20 years he has kept us constantly entertained and in stitches. Happy birthday, Mr. Bean!
After first emerging in Rowan Atkinson's stage shows in the 1980's the Mr. Bean character was catapulted to first the small screen, and then the big screen. It first transmitted on ITV on January 1, 1990 as a collaboration between Atkinson, Richard Curtis and Robin Driscoll. With only 14 live-action episodes ever made, it was the most successful series of the decade and has been watched in over 190 countries worldwide. To date it has won numerous world-wide awards including a Golden Rose of Montreux, an International Emmy, two BANFF Awards and an ACE Award for best Comedy. Mr. Bean has also been transformed into an animated series and two feature films which Atkinson co-produced - Bean - the Ultimate Disaster Movie (1997) and Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007).