MR BEAN star Rowan Atkinson has been warned never to visit Brazil - because his character is so popular there he could be mobbed to death.

The 49-year-old British comic was astounded when a Brazilian racing driver informed him "might not leave alive" if he ever visited the South American country.

But despite restricting his holiday destinations, Atkinson is amazed with the character's global success.

He says, "Whatever you think about the character and the humour, Bean's global popularity represents a very special achievement - and I think it is probably a greater achievement than Blackadder."

01/11/2004 10:47