Baby joy for Mr Bean star, 62, and lover, 33

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Jonathan Pe­tre

COMEDY star Rowan Atkin­son is to be­come a father for the third time – at the age of 62.

The co­me­dian, best known for play­ing the bum­bling Mr Bean, already has a son and daugh­ter, both in their 20s, from his mar­riage to Sune­tra Sas­tri.

Now he is ex­pect­ing his first child with his new part­ner Louise Ford, 33, within the next few weeks, it was re­ported last night. A source said they were both ‘over the moon’.

The Black­ad­der star be­gan see­ing Ms Ford, an ac­tress who plays Kate Mid­dle­ton in the Chan­nel 4 comedy The Wind­sors, three years ago af­ter sep­a­rat­ing from his wife.

His 25-year mar­riage to Ms Sas­tri, whom he met in the late 1980s when she was work­ing as a make-up artist with the BBC, fi­nally ended in 2015 af­ter a 65sec­ond court hear­ing. A year later, Ms Ford moved into Atkin­son’s £4.65 mil­lion London home.

Mr Atkin­son is the lat­est celebrity to be­come a father in later years, fol­low­ing singer Sir Mick Jag­ger and night­club owner Peter Stringfel­low.

The source added: ‘Rowan and Louise can’t wait for their new ar­rival. It’s a very happy time for them both.’

In con­trast to the pri­vately ed­u­cated Mr Atkin­son, Ms Ford comes from a work­ing-class South London fam­ily and at­tended a gram­mar school be­fore read­ing English at Southamp­ton and study­ing drama at RADA along­side the likes of Tom Hid­dle­ston.

Mr Atkin­son, who has built a for­tune es­ti­mated at £70mil­lion, went to New­cas­tle and Ox­ford uni­ver­si­ties be­fore mak­ing his name in the sketch se­ries Not The Nine O’Clock News.

He also starred in films in­clud­ing Four Wed­dings And A Fu­neral and spy spoof Johnny English – with a third film in that se­ries in the pipeline.

He met Ms Ford when they ap­peared to­gether in the 2012 West End comedy Quar­ter­maine’s Terms.

His son Ben is 23 and daugh­ter Lily, a bur­lesque per­former, 21. Last month, it was re­ported that Lily had dropped her father’s name to use her mother’s in­stead.

‘VERY HAPPY’: Rowan and Louise

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