Mr Bean leaves hospital after car crash

2011-08-05 17:23
London - Mr Bean actor Rowan Atkinson, whose character is known for hapless driving in the television shows and films, left a hospital on Friday after being treated for minor injuries following a sports car crash in southern England.

The 56-year-old comedian was driving his McLaren F1 supercar - one of the world's fastest road cars - when he crashed late on Thursday, striking a tree and a lamppost before the vehicle caught fire, authorities said.

Firefighters said Atkinson hadn't been trapped inside the car. Britain's Daily Mirror reported that the actor was able to walk away from the vehicle and flag down other motorists for help.

Atkinson was seen leaving Peterborough City Hospital with four security guards on Friday afternoon, but made no comment to reporters. Publicists did not disclose details of his injuries.

The accident occurred close to Haddon, a village about 140km north of London. Atkinson was given a routine breathalyser test at the scene and will face no criminal charges, police said.

The actor, a car enthusiast, appears in a series of motoring mishaps in his Mr Bean series. He is shown in one programme driving a Mini while seated on the vehicle's roof. Atkinson is also known for the historical comedy series Blackadder.


  • Bill - 2011-08-05 18:05

    How does a nerd expect to handle a Mclaren F1 Supercar....Well apparently he can't...!

      pam.benink - 2011-08-05 18:20

      I saw him on Top Gear last week and, can you believe, he's an enthusiast! He's had his McLaren for years and regularly races it. Hard to believe, I know, but he's actually the fastest round the Top Gear track in their reasonable priced car. I know, I know, its insane, but it seems that its only a character he plays and not his real persona, lol!

      pierreedge - 2011-08-05 18:50

      Nerd??? i think you dont know this actor at all. I like rowan atkinson a lot, a bit underrated who is in fact excellent and very versatile. His performance in black adder was superb amongst other.

      daaidoos - 2011-08-06 07:44

      In his movies he is a total klutz. But in real life he is actually a very well spoken intelligent guy. Mclaren F1 definitely not a car for sissies. A F1 will smoke a Ferrari, Lambo or Porche

      daaidoos - 2011-08-06 07:49

      @sparkling was his time faster than Simon Powell or Gordon Ramsay?

      Bill - 2011-08-06 08:35

      Okay, okay, okay...sorry Mr Bean! Geeez

  • Barikimungu - 2011-08-05 18:28

    sorry, Mr Bean wish fast recovery and back to another movie.By the way were you making a crash movie!!!!!!!!!!

  • kryses - 2011-08-06 06:44

    get GHJIAK banned from any comment

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-08-08 10:46

    he should of just stuck to his Mini

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