On Tuesday, October, 1 the leader of the ruling party in Tunisia "Al-Nahda" ("Revival") Rachid Ghannouchi congratulated with this event the English actor. The head wished a new Muslim "resistance in this thorny path". It is worth mentioning that Mr. Atkinson and the party leader has long-standing relationships: men often communicated during Ghannouchi's stay in London's exile.
For example, the article in "Wikipedia" names the date of Mr Bean's conversion to Islam the 1st October 2013. At the same time, Rowan Atkinson says that the interest of the Muslim religion awoke after the appearance of the Internet blasphemous film about the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The biased author's position forced the British comedian to look for more reliable information. Earlier R. Atkinson was critical about the concept of Islamophobia.