Rowan Atkinson did not need to attend the Decree Nisi hearing. There is no need to attend this hearing unless there is dispute on costs or defended proceedings. It is a paper based excercise. Decree Nisi is the half way point of divorce. Mr Bean will not be divorced until his wife has applied for Decree Absolute. She cannot make this application until the expiry of 6 weeks and 1 day from the date of Decree Nisi. There may also be a delay in filing her application until the couple have resolved the division of their finances.
This article is another example of the media portraying the myth of a 'quickie divorce' - all couples have to follow the same legal process whether they are famous or not.
Rowan Atkinson and his wife have divorced after 24 years of marriage over his "unreasonable behaviour", a court has heard. The Mr Bean star was not present at the hearing in central London. His estranged wife Sunetra was granted a decree nisi against the 60-year-old by a district judge at the Central Family Court. Rowan Atkinson's wife has been granted a divorce on the grounds of his "unreasonable behaviour". Atkinson married the make-up artist in 1990. The pair have two children together. He is now reportedly dating 32-year-old actress Louise Ford.