Blackadder star Rowan Atkinson hospitalised after McLaren F1 crash near Northamptonshire border

Police attend a single vehicle accident on the A605 west of Haddon services in which a rear engined sports car lost both engine and rear wheels after colliding with a tree
Police attend a single vehicle accident on the A605 west of Haddon services in which a rear engined sports car lost both engine and rear wheels after colliding with a tree

Actor Rowan Atkinson is said to be ‘shaken not stirred’ after escaping from a crash in his McLaren F1 on the Northamptonshire border last night

The Mr Bean star spun his 240 mph supercar off the road and into a signpost on the A605 at Haddon, around 7pm.

Police attend a single vehicle accident on the A605 west of Haddon services in which a rear engined sports car lost both engine and rear wheels after colliding with a tree

Police attend a single vehicle accident on the A605 west of Haddon services in which a rear engined sports car lost both engine and rear wheels after colliding with a tree

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) reported attending the incident at 7.30pm.

Mr Atkinson walked away from the car, which then burst into flames, and was taken to Peterborough City Hospital with a shoulder injury.

Agent Peter Bennett-Jones revealed Mr Atkinson was driving home after working on his latest film Johnny English Reborn, in which he plays a clumsy English spy.

Mr Bennett-Jones said: “He suffered a painful shoulder injury but we are expecting him to be discharged later. He is shaken but not stirred.

“I think he was in pain and had some painkillers and stayed in hospital because obviously he didn’t have a car to get home. It is nothing more serious than that.

“I spoke to the hospital and they said he was kept in overnight in observation and his shoulder was in pain.

“I have no idea if the car has been written off. It’s been removed and I’m sure he won’t want it to be written off.

“It has been taken back to his home and I’m sure he will want to get it repaired straight away.

“Rowan has been finishing off the editing of his latest Johnny English film and probably on the way back home, as he only lives round the corner in Northamptonshire

“He will be very rattled by the whole thing and I think he’ll want to keep as low profile as possible.”

A hospital spokeswoman confirmed that he is ‘alive and well’ and expected to be discharged later today.