Sunetra Sastry Biography

(Rowan Atkinson’s Ex-Wife)

Born: 1957

Born In: England

Sunetra Sastry is a British make-up artist who has worked on the legendary comedy show ‘Black Adder’. She is the former wife of comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson. Born to an Indian father and English mother, Sastry grew up in the 1960s England, experiencing social racism. Furthermore, her mother was disowned by her own family because she married Sunetra’s father. After finishing high school, she decided to attend a beauty college in London. Her parents were initially against this and wanted her to become a nurse. However, they soon realised that it was her true passion and started to support her. In the early 1980s, she began to work as a make-up artist for BBC. She met Atkinson in the 1980s and married him in 1990. They have two children together, a daughter and a son. In 2014, Atkinson became involved in a relationship with actress Louise Ford. Sastry subsequently separated from him and they were divorced in November 2015.
Quick Facts

Age: 67 Years, 67 Year Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: Rowan Atkinson

children: Benjamin Atkinson (son), Lily Sastry (daughter)

Family Members British Women

City: London, England

Early Life & Childhood
Sastry was born in 1957 in England to an Indian father and British mother. Her mother grew in an affluent English family but after she married Sunetra’s father, her family disowned her. Sastry later attempted to ask her mother about it; in response, she simply said that it was worth it.
Having grown up in England in the 1960s, Sastry was confronted with her share of racism because of her father’s ethnicity. Despite the civil movements that were going on all over the world during that period, they had not changed the ground reality yet.
She finished school and enrolled at a beauty college. Her parents, sceptical at first, eventually accepted their daughter’s decision when they saw her passion for it in action.
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Brief Career & Marriage with Atkinson
After completing her education, she began to work in London as a make-up artist. Sometime in the early 1980s, she was hired by BBC and subsequently started working as a crew member on ‘Black Adder’, the BBC1 pseudo-historical situational comedy.
Initially, she did the make-up for Stephen Fry, who later confessed that Sastry was one of the few women that he had been attracted to. The openly gay actor admitted in his 2010 book ‘The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography’ that he wanted to ask her out, writing that Sastry was “bright, funny and as captivatingly alluring as any girl I had met for years”. However, one day Atkinson approached him and requested to switch make-up artists with him. At first, Fry thought that Atkinson might not be satisfied with the one he had but it dawned on him soon enough that Atkinson wanted to ask her out himself.
Sastry and Atkinson met in 1986 and dated for three years before getting engaged in late 1989. They got married in February 1990 at the famous Russian Tea Room in New York City. Fry served as Atkinson’s best man.
They welcomed their first child, a son whom they named Benjamin, in 1993. Their daughter, Lily, was born two years later, in 1995. After working on ‘Black Adder II’, Sastry served on the television film ‘Smack and Thistle’. She eventually quit working and decided to focus on raising her children instead.
At the time they got married, Atkinson was already a well-respected actor and comedian for his extensive work on radio, television, theatre, and films. Sastry provided the support from home as he brought to life one memorable character after another, from Mr. Bean to Johnny English to Enrico Pollini.
In 2014, Sastry’s 24-year marriage to Atkinson began to deteriorate when news of a new woman in his life came to light. It was later revealed that the said woman was actress Louise Ford. Atkinson had met Ford while they were working together in a West End production of Simon Gray’s play ‘Quartermaine’s Terms’, which premiered at Wyndham's Theatre in January 2013. According to reports, the relationship did not develop between them until a year later.
In February 2014, Sastry and Atkinson separated and immediately after, he started to date Ford openly. It angered not only his fans but also his daughter, who called her father’s actions “a dick move”. During their divorce proceeding on November 10, 2015, Sastry was granted divorce by the presiding judge within 65 seconds after commencement as Atkinson had failed to show up in the court. His behaviour was labelled as “unreasonable” by the judge.
In October 2017, it was reported that Atkinson’s daughter Lily had decided to not use her father’s surname any longer and adopted her mother’s maiden name.

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