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Mr Bean actor Rowan Atkinson recovering in hospital after crashing supercar in UK
LONDON (AP) ' Actor Rowan Atkinson, famed for his hapless driving in the "Mr. Bean" television shows and films, was recovering in a hospital Friday after crashing his sports car in southern England.
Publicists confirmed that comedian, 56, also known for the historical comedy series "Blackadder," was involved in a road accident late Thursday, but did not disclose details of his minor injuries.
Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust said Atkinson had been admitted and was in a stable condition following the crash, which happened close to Haddon, a village about 85 miles (137km) north of London.
Atkinson was driving his McLaren F1 supercar ' one of the world's fastest road cars ' when he crashed, striking a tree and a lamppost before the vehicle caught fire, authorities said,
Firefighters confirmed Atkinson was not trapped inside the car. Britain's Daily Mirror tabloid reported that the actor had walked from the vehicle and flagged down other motorists to help.
Cambridgeshire Police said Atkinson was given a routine breathalyzer test at the scene and would face no criminal charges.
The actor, a car enthusiast, appears in a series of motoring mishaps in his "Mr. Bean" series. He is shown in one program driving a Mini while seated on the vehicle's roof.