Blackadder II (1986) followed the fortunes of one of the descendants of Atkinson's original character, this time in the Elizabethan era.The same pattern was repeated in the two more sequels Blackadder the Third (1987) (set in the Regency era), and Blackadder Goes Forth (1989) (set in World War I).
Atkinson appeared as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car on Top Gear in July 2011, driving the Kia Cee'd around the track in .2, placing him at the top of the leaderboard until Matt Le Blanc later recorded a .1 lap time.
Atkinson appeared at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London as Mr.
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.
After a three-year gap, in part due to budgetary concerns, a second series was broadcast, this time written by Curtis and Ben Elton.
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.
In 1999, he played the Doctor in The Curse of Fatal Death, a special Doctor Who serial produced for Comic Relief.The Blackadder series became one of the most successful of all BBC situation comedies, spawning television specials including Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988), Blackadder: The Cavalier Years (1988), and later Blackadder: Back & Forth (1999), which was set at the turn of the Millennium.The final scene of "Blackadder Goes Forth" (when Blackadder and his men go "over the top" and charge into No-Man's-Land) has been described as "bold and highly poignant". Bean, first appeared on New Year's Day in 1990 in a half-hour special for Thames Television. Bean has been likened to a modern-day Buster Keaton, Several sequels to Mr.Atkinson then went on to do Not the Nine O'Clock News for the BBC, produced by his friend John Lloyd.He featured in the show with Pamela Stephenson, Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith, and was one of the main sketch writers.His work in theatre includes the 2009 West End revival of the musical Oliver! Atkinson was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest actors in British comedy, In addition to his 1981 BAFTA, he received an Olivier Award for his 1981 West End theatre performance in Rowan Atkinson in Revue.