Home   Grantham   News   Article

Subscribe Now

Mr Bean impressionist Lewis John from Grantham is now regularly stopped when filming by children who think he is the real deal





A Mr Bean superfan turned his uncanny impressions into a career - and is now so popular children stop him in the street asking for selfies.

Lewis John, 27, became a "big fan" of Mr Bean in his childhood - and never stopped.

He discovered he had a knack for the much-loved British character's iconic voice - which became his party trick.

Mr Bean impressionist Lewis John is regularly booked to attend events and do video appearances as the character played by Rowan Atkinson.
Mr Bean impressionist Lewis John is regularly booked to attend events and do video appearances as the character played by Rowan Atkinson.

In 2018, he took to TikTok in its infancy with his impressions and quickly found himself going viral.

Four years on it's his full-time career - where he earns nearly £1,000-a-month making Mr Bean "soundalike" videos for over 1.2 million followers.

He even gets stopped for selfies when he's out in public filming videos, by kids who think he's the real deal.

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox every morning - sign up to The Briefing here

Lewis, from Grantham, said: "Me and my mate, in our college days, we watched Mr Bean YouTube videos all the time.

Lewis John, 27, dressed as Mr Bean with ‘Teddy'. He has amassed more than 1.1 million followers on TikTok.
Lewis John, 27, dressed as Mr Bean with ‘Teddy'. He has amassed more than 1.1 million followers on TikTok.

"I've always been a fan. I realised there are not many people who can do Mr Bean's voice - but I can!

"People said I started to talk more like Mr Bean, than Mr Bean talks!

"The older generations know I'm not the real Mr Bean but lots of kids think I am when I'm out and about filming videos. They ask for photos and tell me to do the Mr Bean voice."

He is sometimes booked to appear for live impersonations, such as at children's parties and weddings – his own wedding included nods to Mr Bean - but makes most of his money via TikTok.

Read more: Meet the Mr Bean impersonator from Oakham

He once made £700 in two hours during a TikTok live session - which saw over one million people tune in. He was temporarily banned from TikTok last year, but thankfully had his account reactivated.

Lewis John joined TikTok in 2018 with his impressions and quickly found himself going viral.
Lewis John joined TikTok in 2018 with his impressions and quickly found himself going viral.
Mr Bean impressionist Lewis John became a "big fan" of Mr Bean in his childhood
Mr Bean impressionist Lewis John became a "big fan" of Mr Bean in his childhood

Lewis hopes to one day catch the attention of Rowan Atkinson himself.

He dreams that the iconic actor could "pass on the torch" to the "modern Mr Bean" - or they could even star in a film together.

Mr Bean impressionist Lewis John works full time as an impersonator.
Mr Bean impressionist Lewis John works full time as an impersonator.

Lewis said: "People say 'you need to do a video with Mr Bean', and I would if he noticed me!

"It would be unreal to meet him, I'd be very starstruck, I'd have to show him what I can do."

Mr Bean impressionist Lewis John dressed up as Mr Bean.
Mr Bean impressionist Lewis John dressed up as Mr Bean.

The unusual career path as a Mr Bean impressionist was never what Lewis predicted for himself.

But he added: "I'm going to continue doing this as long as I possibly can."



This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More