COMIC James Acaster has revealed his girlfriend dumped him for Mr Bean — and he found out only in The Sun on Sunday.
The Mock The Week star said actress Louise Ford, 36, grew distant after she started a stage play with Rowan Atkinson, 64.
GRAHAM FLACK Mock The Week star James Acaster has revealed his girlfriend dumped him for Mr Bean
Xposure Actress Louise Ford with comedian Rowan Atkinson, pictured on a dog walk, who now have a daughter called Isla
Talking about it for the first time, 34-year-old James said: “I got left for Mr Bean.
“I found out a year after we split up. I opened the newspaper and there was a full-page story.
“No one else in the history of time has ever been left for Mr Bean.”
James and Louise had been an item for two years and were living together in London when she starred alongside Rowan in Quartermaine’s Terms in the West End in 2013.
Rex Features Louise Ford and Rowan Atkinson pictured together on a night out in London
Rex Features Louise Ford starred alongside Rowan in Quartermaine’s Terms in the West End in 2013
EPA Rowan Atkinson is famous for his comedy roles in Mr Bean, Johnny English and Blackadder
That year Rowan, who is worth about £70million, had left his make-up artist wife Sunetra Sastry, 62, after 24 years.
He and Louise moved in together the next year and in December 2017 Louise, who starred in royal spoof The Windsors as Kate Middleton, gave birth to his third child, Isla.
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James made the revelations this week at a stand-up show.
He said: “I’m a goddam saint to have kept this in the back pocket so long.
“It’s my job to say things that are funny and the funniest thing that’s ever happened to anyone, happened to me and I put it on the back-burner out of respect.
‘Until you get left for Mr Bean, you don’t realise how frequently he pops up’, jokes James Acaster
James Acaster jokes about finding Mr Bean masks for sale on his street
“Until you get left for Mr Bean, you don’t realise how frequently he pops up.
“There’s a shop two streets from my house that sells masks of his face.
“There’s nowhere where I’m going to go that he’s not there.”
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