British actor Rowan Atkinson has split from his wife of 23 years, according to U.K. reports.

The Mr. Bean star is said to have separated from his longtime partner, Sunetra, after a period of estrangement.

Atkinson has yet to confirm the split rumours, but he fuelled the gossip last week (ends13Apr14) when he was photographed enjoying an outing to a garden centre in London with actress Louise Ford, 31.

The 59-year-old funnyman appeared on stage with Ford last year (13) in a West End production of Quartermaine's Terms.