Who is Sunetra Sastry? About Rowan Atkinson’s Ex Wife

Sunetra Sastry is a British make-up artist who is well known as the ex-wife of the legendary English comedian Rowan Atkinson aka Mr. Bean. She is also famous for her work on the famous shows on BBC such as Smack and Thistle and Black Adder.

They were even blessed with children but unfortunately, their relationship couldn’t last long as they decided to get divorced. Many fans have been wondering about the life of the make-up artist after the separation. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about Sunetra Sastry including the reason behind the separation from Rowan, her current whereabouts, net worth, and more.

Sunetra Sastry had an Indian father

Sunetra Sastry was born on 5th September 1967 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. She was born as the daughter of an Indian father and an English mother. She spent most of her childhood days in England. Additionally, she has stated that growing up in the 1960s was subjected to racism almost daily due to her father’s culture. Her mother was disowned by her own family because she had married Sunetra’s father.

She is well educated and she attended a Beauty College in London after finishing high school. However, her family didn’t believe that it was not a real career and pushed her to consider nursing. Later on, they realized that it was her true passion and started to support her.

According to her birthdate, she is currently 64 years old and her zodiac sign is Virgo. She stands at a height of 5’5″ (165.1 cm) and weighs about 55 kg (121 lbs). Her body measurements are 34-27-36 inches. She holds British nationality and belongs to mixed ethnicity. She follows Hinduism as her religion.

When did Sunetra Sastry meet Atkinson? Their love life

Sunetra Sastry and Rowan Atkinson had met each other for the first time in 1986. The two had met each other while working on the set of the TV show Black Adder. Sunetra was a make-up artist and she was in charge of makeup for Blackadder II casts. On the set, Rowan was attracted to her first and he also requests the set director to flip the makeup artist because at that time Sunetra was the makeup artist for an openly gay actor Stephen Fry.

The duo developed feelings for each other after spending time together on the set and started to date. Sunetra was especially attracted to Rowan’s character because for her he was a clever, funny, and captivating guy.

After dating for three years, they finally got engaged in late 1989 and they decided to walk down the aisle in February 1990 at the famous Russian Tea Room in New York City. Stephen served as the best man for Sastry and Atkinson’s wedding. Surprisingly, Stephen even admitted in his 2010 autobiography that Sastry was one of the few women he had been attracted to. Additionally, Stephen also revealed that he had seriously considered asking the ‘bright, funny, and captivating alluring’ Sastry out. However, he changed his mind once he found out that Atkinson was also interested in her.

Does Sunetra Sastry have any children?

Sunetra Sastry with Rowan and Lily

The make-up artist and comedian are blessed with two children in their 25 years of marriage life. Their first child named Benjamin Alexander Sebastian Atkinson was born in 1993. At the present, he is a fully grown-up man who is also working in British Armed Forces. It was revealed that he has been interested in the military since childhood. Thus, he joined Royal Military College in Sandhurst to pursue his dream in the Military.

Additionally, the couple also welcomed their second child named Lily Sastry on 11th July 1995 in London, UK. She is following in her father’s footsteps as she is also an actor and singer. She has already worked on some famous movies with her father like Johnny English Reborn, The Fifty Cent Smile, and more.

As you might already know that divorce not only affects the couple but it affects their children as well. Similarly, their second daughter was hurt after her parent’s divorce and did a legal process to change her surname ‘Atkinson’ to Lily Sastry.

Do you want to know the reason behind Sunetra and Rowan’s divorce? If you do, you should keep on reading this article.

Why did Sunetra Sastry and Rowan Atkinson got divorced?

As mentioned earlier, you must already know that Sunetra and Rowan are no longer together. Even though they were living a happy married life for many years, everything suddenly changed when a new woman came into the life of Rowan Atkinson. The woman was none other than an actress named Louise Ford.

It is revealed that Rowan and Louise had started dating in February 2014. The duo had met in Simon Grey’s play ‘Quartermaine’s Terms’ which premiered in 2013. Surely, Atkinson’s then-wife could not take this anymore and filed a divorce petition. Interestingly, Rowan did not attend the court for his hearing so Sunetra’s petition was granted within 65 seconds. Their divorce was finalized on the 10th of October 2015.

Furthermore, their only daughter got angry at her father’s actions and she even called her father “D**k Head” on social media. Thus, she even decided to abandon her father’s surname and adopted her mother’s maiden name, Sastry, as per the report in October 2017. Similarly, their son was also not happy with his father and he also decided not to follow in his father’s footsteps.

What is Sunetra Sastry up to these days?

Talking about Sunetra’s career, she had started working with BBC in the early 1980s. She has worked on many movies as well and has become an experienced make-up artist. Her first work as a makeup artist for TV was for the series Blackadder II in 1986.

In addition, she has also worked with another makeup artist Victoria Pocock in the series which also cast the stars like Rowan Atkinson, Tim McInnerny, and many others. Her demand as a make-up artist grew significantly after working for this series and she also got a chance to work in another movie titled Smack and Thistle in 1991.

Currently, she lives in a $21 million mansion in the city and it seems like she prefers to stay away from the limelight. As per the report, the estranged couple was building an $11 million mansion home in Oxfordshire at the time of their split. At the present. she is actively involved in charity and humanitarian efforts. Over the years, she has worked with charities such as The Brain Cancer Foundation of Great Britain. She doesn’t seem to have remarried after her divorce.

Is Rowan Atkinson still together with Louise Ford?

After the couple got divorced, Rowan went public with his new girlfriend who is 29 years younger than the comedian in 2014. Probably, many were shocked to hear the news of their new relationship. One such person was the comedian James Acaster who used to date Louise.

During his stand-up show, he revealed that he had found out the two were together while reading the Sun On Sunday, the Daily Mail reports.

In the show, he said that he got left for Mr. Bean and found out a year after we split. “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,” he added.

The couple has been together for over 6 years and some reason, there has been enough buzz about their marriage. However, the couple hasn’t decided on their wedding yet. At the present, the couple seems to be content with their relationship as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Together, they have welcomed their daughter back in December 2017. Furthermore, Louise made a public appearance when she was still pregnant with her daughter. She was spotted flaunting her baby bump in a beautiful polka dot jumpsuit, during her shopping trip in North London. Their daughter is still very young and her name hasn’t been revealed yet. However, they share a great relationship and in order to keep her daughter having a normal life, her parents have decided to keep her away from the media and the internet.

Sunetra Sastry’s net worth

The make-up artist has earned quite a lot of money throughout her career as a make-up artist. It is revealed that she earns an average salary of $37k per year. Furthermore, she is a renowned make-up artist in the industry and many celebrities have appreciated her work. She has worked as a make-up artist in the comedy series “Black Adder”. Additionally, she has also worked on many projects including BBC and her ex-husband’s creation Rowan Atkinson Production.

Furthermore, she also received a mansion worth $10 million from her ex-husband after divorce as alimony. Talking the mansion, it is furnished with contraptions, including underground stopping and best-class design. Thus, we can say for sure that she must have accumulated large net worth. She is living a lavish and comfortable lifestyle at the present in her $21 million mansions.

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