Substitutes for Elton
A Bean in the oven The Who in mega deal to play Las Vegas gigs
ROWAN Atkinson’s girlfriend is expecting a baby Bean – and Louise Ford’s growing bump was easy to spot on a shopping trip.
The 33-year-old actress in a dotty top and patterned cardigan was seen carrying bags as well as her first child with the 62-year-old comedian.
The Blackadder and Mr Bean star is already dad to Ben, 23, and Lily, 21, from his marriage to make-up artist Sunetra Sastry.
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 have dated since 2014 when Rowan separated from Sunetra, 60.
In 2015 the Atkinsons’ THE Who are negotiating a multimillion pound deal to replace Sir Elton John in Las Vegas.
Rock icons Pete Townshend, 73, and Roger Daltrey, 72, are expected to seal a deal to play the Colosseum Theatre at Caesars Palace for at least two years.
A Vegas insider said: “Elton is leaving, so the promoters and resort wanted to bring in an act of equal stature.”
The deal could range from £12million to £35million, depending on how many performances they agree to initially.
The band will earn about £250,000 a night. They previously enjoyed a short run which sold out earlier this year.
Sir Elton will end his 13-year, 450-show run where he’s played divorce was finalised in 65 seconds. A year later Louise moved into his £4.65million North London cottage. Louise has starred in a string of TV shows including Channel 4 comedies Crashing and as Prince William’s wife Kate in The Windsors. She met Rowan when they appeared together in 2012 in the West End play Quartermaine’s Terms. When he split from Sunetra, they were building an £11million home in Oxfordshire. Rowan, worth £70million, moved to his London home. He first met Sunetra, the daughter of an Indian engineer from Ealing, West London, in the late 80s, when she was working for the BBC. Last night Rowan’s spokesman declined to comment. to more than 1.8 million fans in May next year.
Promoters AEG and Caesars chiefs hope to have Roger and Pete on stage by July, blasting out hits including Substitute and My Generation.
The insider added: “Their shows this summer were a critical success and a sell-out, with Roger’s voice sounding better than ever.
“They enjoyed the gigs and unique opportunity of a residency and were open to repeat it for a longer run. The talks have been going well and there is a genuine hope that a deal will be done. “The issues are simply the volume of shows and total length of the run.” Roger, who has spent a lot of time in the US this year, is publishing his autobiography next year and the gigs will be a good fit with the launch. In August, songwriter Pete told how much he enjoyed the intimate Sin City venue, even complimenting the number of female fans there. But Vegas is where their bass player John Entwistle died in 2002, from a heart attack at the Hard Rock Hotel. Pete said: “I still think of him, all the f ***ing time.
NIGHT OUT Louise and Rowan EXTRA PASSENGER On a shopping trip