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Update: TV star Rowan Atkinson in hospital following Cambridgeshire crash

23:35 04 August 2011

Rowan Atkinson is reported to have shoulder injuries.

Rowan Atkinson is reported to have shoulder injuries.

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TV comic legend Rowan Atkinson cheated death last night after a collision in his McLaren F1 supercar, it has emerged.

He was hospitalised with a shoulder injury after his vehicle left the A605 at Haddon, around 7.30pm.

The 56-year-old Blackadder and Mr Bean star was reportedly driving when his high-performance car spun around several times, ran into a tree and a lamppost and caught fire.

The actor is said to have walked from the vehicle and was with a passing motorist until emergency services arrived.

A spokesman for Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals today said Atkinson was in a stable condition and is expected to be released later today.

A spokesman for the star has not yet commented on the incident.

Atkinson, known to be a car enthusiast, recently topped the leader’s board on Top Gear’s Star in a Reasonably Priced Car contest.

He told presenter Jeremy Clarkson he was keen on racing and was currently driving a 1964 Ford Falcon.

But his racing background did nothing to quell his nerves before taking on the challenge, he admitted.

In a clip of the show uploaded on to YouTube by the BBC on July 22, Atkinson said people would “assume that in the reasonably priced car I will be very good when there’s absolutely no guarantee of that whatsoever”.

The star notched up the fastest time on the show, completing the circuit in 1 minute 42.2 seconds.

Atkinson is best known for his work on Not The Nine O’Clock News, Blackadder and Mr Bean, in which his hapless character drives an old Mini.

3 comments

  • What would The Stig say now? Balderick you need some more tuition from me?

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    "Victor Meldrew"

    Friday, August 5, 2011

  • A full report of this story is on the 6 o'clock news. Not the 9 o'clock news.

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    The Brigadier

    Friday, August 5, 2011

  • Get well soon, me and Minky send our love.

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    Martha Farquhar

    Friday, August 5, 2011

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