THE STAFF of the Corn Dolly in South Molton had a chance encounter with Mr Bean himself yesterday afternoon.
Rowan Atkinson star of Blackadder, Not the Nine O'clock News and Johnny English was celebrating his birthday in South Molton.
Corn Dolly waitress Hannah Wilks, 22, who served Mr Atkinson said: "It was nice to see him in the tea room.
"It was a great surprise.
"It made my Monday.
"He's the most famous person to come into the Corn Dolly."
Hannah said Atkinson appeared shy while enjoying a Tuna sandwich, while his daughter Lily tucked into a quiche.
A fan recognised the Hollywood actor and asked for a photograph.
Atkinson politely declined but offered an autograph instead.
Lynda Warren, from Bishops Nympton, who was in the tea rooms at the time said: "I asked for a picture with my daughters and he said "I don't do pictures but I'm happy to sign something."
"He was very quiet and a bit reserved. I've never seen someone so high profile in South Molton."
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