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Rowan Atkinson

Born: January 6, 1955

Occupation: Actor, Comedian and Screenwriter

Challenges overcome: Speech Impairment

Successes, Achievements & Awards:

Rowan Atkinson was born in County Durham in 1955, the youngest of four brothers. Rowan is an actor, comedian and screenwriter best known for his performances in Black Adder and Mr Bean. Rowan was educated at Durham Choristers School a preparatory school, St Bees School and Newcastle University, where he received a degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1975, he continued for a  M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering at the Queens College Oxford, and which made Rowan Atkinson an Honorary Fellow in 2006. He has two children Lily Atkinson and Benjamin Atkinson.

He has starred in a number of comedy performances, including The Atkinson People for BBC Radio 3 back in the 1970’s, and Not the Nine O’clock News, for which he received a BAFTA award for. His successes with these lead to him landing his role in the Blackadder series which he also co-wrote.

Rowan Atkinson first appeared as Mr Bean in 1990 but unfortunately retired the character in 2012. Rowan has appeared in many films throughout his career including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, Keeping Mum and Scooby Doo. He starred as the main actor in the Johnny English movies and Mr Bean feature films. Rowan Atkinson also voiced the character Zazu in the hit Disney musical movie, The Lion King.

As a long-time collaborator with writer Richard Curtis, he has regularly contributed to Comic Relief. He even played the 9th Doctor, in the 1999 Doctor Who spoof The Curse Of Fatal Death. In the Queen’s 2013 Birthday Honours, Rowan was appointed (CBE) Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for his services to drama and charity.

Challenges Overcome

Rowan suffers from a stutter but finds that it disappears when he performs. During an interview with Time Magazine in 2007 he was asked about his stutter; “It comes and goes. I find when I play a character other than myself, the stammering disappears. That may have been some of the inspiration for pursuing the career I did.”

Disability Definitions

Speech and Language Impairment

Speech and language impairment are basic categories that might be drawn in issues of communication involve hearing, speech, language, and fluency. A speech impairment is characterised by difficulty in articulation of words. Examples include stuttering or problems producing particular sounds. Articulation refers to the sounds, syllables, and phonology produced by the individual. Voice, however, may refer to the characteristics of the sounds produced specifically, the pitch, quality, and intensity of the sound. Often, fluency will also be considered a category under speech, encompassing the characteristics of rhythm, rate, and emphasis of the sound produced.

A language impairment is a specific impairment in understanding and sharing thoughts and ideas, i.e. a disorder that involves the processing of linguistic information. Problems that may be experienced can involve the form of language, including grammar, morphology, syntax; and the functional aspects of language, including semantics and pragmatics.

www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/
Speech and language impairment. (2015, March 31). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10:33, May 20, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Speech_and_language_impairment&oldid=654413208

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Rowan Atkinson. (2015, March 26). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13:26, April 2, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rowan_Atkinson&oldid=653605866

www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/profiles/rowan_atkinson.shtml
www.stutteringhelp.org/content/who-knew-mr-bean

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