It also boasts an atrium-style living room, solar panels on the roof and a secret garage for his fleet of luxury cars An artist's impression of the glass and steel mansion shows Mr Atkinson's original vision for the Oxfordshire home which he has spent up to £5million designing and building. architect Richard Meier Locals had originally objected to Mr Atkinson's plans for the hi-tech mansion – which has drawn comparisons to a 'space age petrol station' – but he claimed it would be blend into the landscape by 'harmonising' with it.The property faced objection from neighbours who said it was 'out of character' for the local area Locals had originally objected to Mr Atkinson's plans for the hi-tech mansion – which has drawn comparisons to a 'space age petrol station' – but he claimed it would be blend into the landscape by 'harmonising' with it. Farmer Ben Yates, 45, who lives nearby, said: 'Money and fame have been used to bulldoze their way through the planning process.Atkinson continued to appear in supporting roles in comedies, including Rat Race (2001), Scooby-Doo (2002), Love Actually (2003) and the crime comedy Keeping Mum (2005), which also starred Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith and Patrick Swayze.In addition to his supporting roles, Atkinson has also had success as a leading man. Bean debuted on the big screen with Bean (1997) to international success. Bean's Holiday (2007), also became an international success.He also appears as the titular character in Maigret (2016).he had already written and performed early sketches for shows in Oxford by the Etceteras – the revue group of the Experimental Theatre Club (ETC), and for the Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS), meeting writer Richard Curtis, Atkinson starred in a series of comedy shows for BBC Radio 3 in 1979 called The Atkinson People.The design is shown above in an artist's impression Neighbours had hoped Mr Atkinson might restore the empty 1930s Handsmooth House (pictured above) after purchasing it in 2006 for £2.6million, but he instead chose to replace it with an 8,000 sq. The decision on this monstrosity is outrageous and sets a very dangerous precedent.'In a five-minute appearance before South Oxfordshire District Council's planning committee, Mr Atkinson described the design as 'exceptional contemporary architecture' and compared it to the nearby Blenheim Palace.'Blending in with the countryside, for many, simply reflects their familiarity with the architecture, looking at and living with the same kind of buildings they have grown up with and with which they feel comfortable.'The star's planning consultant Haydn Morris said the three-storey modernist home would be the first building in Britain which had been designed by Mr Meier – who has helped create museums including the Getty Centre in Los Angeles.
Blackadder II (1986) followed the fortunes of one of the descendants of Atkinson's original character, this time in the Elizabethan era.
He featured in the show with Pamela Stephenson, Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith, and was one of the main sketch writers.
The success of Not the Nine O'Clock News led to him taking the lead role in the medieval sitcom The Black Adder (1983), which he also co-wrote with Richard Curtis.
Bean (1997) was directed by Mel Smith, Atkinson's colleague in Not the Nine O'Clock News. Atkinson has fronted campaigns for Kronenbourg, Fujifilm, and Give Blood.
Atkinson appeared as a hapless and error-prone espionage agent named Richard Lathum in a long-running series of adverts for Barclaycard, on which character his title role in Johnny English and Johnny English Reborn was based.