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Blackadder bowled into our lives 38 years ago, offering audiences a new blend of bizarre satirical humour that hadn't necessarily seen before.
The BBC sitcom saw its leads travel through time, starting in the Elizabethan era and ending up on the front line of the First World War.
The show was a major televisual break for Rowan Atkinson, who was more of a cult name before Blackadder, known for his sketch comedy show Not The 9 O'Clock News.
The finale of the series aired in 1989, and 32 years later, we take a look at what the Blackadder cast have been up to since the end of the show.
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Rowan Atkinson in Blackadder
Rowan played the title role of Edmund Blackadder in the sitcom, and also wrote many of the episodes.
Atkinson established himself as one of the biggest UK acting exports through the 1990s and 2000s.
The ubiquitous Mr Bean modernised silent comedy with sketches of a vulnerable singleton going – haphazardly – about his daily life. Bean was mostly silent in episodes, which meant the sketch show was enjoyed in territories across the world, from China to Russia, the US and beyond.
The original BBC TV series spawned two Hollywood films, the most successful of which grossed $251.2 million at the US box office.
Johnny English, a sort of James Bond spoof, also starred the actor in the lead role. Rowan relied on similarly eccentric facial expressions to win laughs as he did with Bean, and the films became fan favourites.
Rowan's earliest acting days were spent in fringe theatre, and over the past 20 years he's returned to tread the boards, including as Fagin in Oliver Twist in London's West End.
Rowan Atkinson today
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More recently, it was announced that a biopic of the actor's life is in progress, and film footage of Rowan from his early life and career, shot by the actor on silent film, may be included.
“Very early on in Rowan Atkinson’s career he started Ciné filming his own life," composer Michael Fenton Stevens said, speaking with the Mirror. “He has a great store of Ciné film, so there will be a silent movie of Rowan Atkinson’s career.”
Rowan's the latest in a string of high-profile celebrities to be involved in the making of their own biopics. Others who have had a hand in movies about their lives include Madonna's as-yet-unreleased project, and Elton John for Rocketman.
Tony Robinson as Baldrick, on the right, in Blackadder
Blackadder's beloved sidekick Baldrick has also remained in the media eye since the show wrapped, but more through British documentaries than international films.
From 2004 to 2014 he led archaeological digs for BBC history show Time Team, where a keen group of experts would head out in the field to a location of a historical landmark to see what they could unearth.
Tony still specialises in documentaries. He recently presented Around The World By Train for Channel 5, and a YouTube documentary about the ways Roman inventions inspired modern plumbing and roofing systems.
Tony Robinson today
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The 74-year-old is also known for documentary series Tony Robinson’s Time Travels and Walking Through History.
Stephen Fry played Melchett in Blackadder, who takes many guises but in earlier episodes is a close personal advisor to Queen Elizabeth I.
Stephen has gone on to secure national treasure status since the 1980s when he worked on Blackadder.
Stephen Fry in Blackadder
The voice of the Harry Potter audio books, host of quiz show QI and of numerous documentaries, Stephen won the lifetime achievement accolade for his work promoting LGBTQ rights at the LGBT Awards in 2019.
He still dips his toe into acting. Most recently, he was seen alongside Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander in 1980s AIDS drama It's A Sin, where he played a Tory MP hiding his sexuality.
Stephen in 2019
He has also written a series of bestseller books, both novels and memoirs.
Hugh Laurie played George, Prince of Wales in Blackadder, but took on other roles across different series too.
Hugh drifted through respectable TV and film roles in the years since he played a lead on Blackadder, but in 2004 his profile raised considerably when he took the lead role of Dr Gregory House in US drama House.
Hugh Laurie in Blackadder
The medical drama ran between 2004 and 2012 and won the actor two Golden Globes.
He also played leading roles in mainstream family movies, such as 101 Dalmatians, The Man In The Iron Mask and Stuart Little.
He's currently switched his effort to working behind the camera, as he's directing a TV adaptation of Agatha Christie novel Why Didn't They Ask Evans?.
The detective fiction piece is filming in the UK now and there's no air date as yet.
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Miranda Richardson played Queen Elizabeth I in Blackadder.
Part of the Redgrave-Richardson acting dynasty, which also includes Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave, Miranda Richardson is an established stage actor with a strong set of film and TV credits behind her.
Perhaps most famously for younger audiences, she portrayed tabloid journalist Rita Skeeter in the Harry Potter film franchise, but over her career has been a seven-time BAFTA award nominee.
She won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for film drama Damage in 1993.
Also on her resume are cult favourites Sleepy Hollow and The Hours.
Miranda Richardson today
She's next up in Netflix's The House, a stop-motion dark comedy animation.
Charlotte Bavasso, a producer for the series, said in a press statement: “The characters in The House, albeit in different ways, are all trying to make sense of the world and their place within it. It’s about their flawed attempt to conform to an idea of who they think they are or who they think they ought to be.”
Brian Blessed in Blackadder
Brian Blessed played King Richard Duke of York in six episodes of the sitcom.
Brian is known for his booming voice, and the actor has got on board with the joke that his voice precedes him wherever he goes.
"It does help having a big voice. I like having a big voice. I like the fact that I can sing. I’m known for my battle cry – ‘Gordon’s Alive!’ – and I’m known for my big voice, but I’m really quite a quiet man," he told The Yorkshire Post earlier this year.
Brian Blessed today
Brian's well known for Flash Gordon, a 1980 space adventure film, and more recently he starred as a garden gnome – a comic turn from the actor, whose giant voice fits with his big frame – in Mackenzie Crook's modern adaptation of classic children's TV series Wurzel Gummidge.
He also takes on a variety of unusual work. He narrated an audio story last year called Wear A Bloody Mask, again leaning into the authority he commands with his voice, and more recently undertook a 24-hour sponsored silence to raise money for a charity in Nepal.