Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) and his new found love
Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) and his new found love

He is best known for playing comic roles of lonely men who are down on their luck.?But it seems that Rowan Atkinson appears not to share the same problems as his characters.

For the 59-year-old Mr Bean and Blackadder star is now in a relationship with a young comedy actress half his age after leaving his wife of 23 years.

Atkinson met Louise Ford, 31, when they appeared together last year in the West End as he starred in the comic play Quatermaine?s Terms.

Ironically, he was photographed with his wife in one of their last pictures together going for dinner after a performance of the same play.

But since then he has been spotted with Miss Ford openly in public and outside her two-bedroom flat in a leafy, affluent suburb in south London.

The pair seemed comfortable as they went to a local garden centre together last week to buy plants for her rented home that she recently moved into.

Atkinson, who is one of Britain?s most wealthy entertainers with a fortune of around ?70million, was seen hauling bags of soil while she followed smiling with a box of plants to put into the boot of his car.

Neighbours say the comic, who is incredibly private and hardly mentioned his wife and two children Ben, 20, and Lily, 19, during rare interviews, drove to her home in a modest small Audi ? rather than one of his fleet of expensive sports cars.

Bizarrely, despite moving into a flat around the corner from his wife?s house in West London and his closeness to Miss Ford, he has not taken off his gold wedding ring.

A source said: ?They seem really happy together and are increasingly spending more time together.

?They look really comfortable with each other ? walking arm in arm and he has even been spotted tenderly touching her cheek.

Rowan still wears his wedding ring though and that might be the fact that he?s incredibly private and doesn?t want to draw attention to his marriage.?

Miss Ford grew up in Bexleyheath, south-east London, before gaining an English degree at Southampton University.

After graduating, she won a place at RADA where she was in the same year and treaded the boards with now Hollywood actress Gemma Arterton.

This led to appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the Royal Shakespeare Company and parts in television comedies including BBC?s Misfits and starring alongside Inbetweeners actors Simon Bird and Joe Thomas in Sky?s Chickens.

Source: mailonline

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