Veteran comic actor Rowan Atkinson, popularly known as Mr Bean and his wife of 24 years Sunetra were yesterday granted a divorce after he left her for 32-year-old Louise Ford. Their divorce was granted on the grounds of ‘unreasonable behavior’. Atkinson, 60, has been dating Louise for 18 months. .
Atkinson and his wife were granted a decree nisi by District Judge Stephen Alderson at London’s Central Family Court in a short hearing lasting less than a minute.
Neither he nor Sunetra, 54 who lodged the petition, were present in court for the announcement.
A source earlier told The Sun: ‘Sunetra was deeply upset to be replaced by such a younger woman.’
She and Atkinson were building an £11million home in Oxfordshire at the time of their split in 2014.
He and Sunetra got married in New York in 1990 and have two children together – Ben, 22, and Lily, 20.
Atkinson first met his wife, the daughter of an Indian engineer from Ealing, West London, in the late Eighties, when she was working as a make-up artist for the BBC.