No one can ever imagine the pain of filing a divorce petition at the age of fifty-eight; at the age when one dreams to relish a settled family life. But, the makeup artist, Sunetra Sastry underwent the unimaginable as her married life of twenty-four years came to an end. Overcoming the big disaster in her life, Sunetra now works hard for the charities for the Brain Cancer Foundation of Great Britain.
Sunetra Sastry Parents, Ethnicity
Sunetra Sastry was born in 1957 in England. As per wiki, her mother was English while her father was an Indian man. Hence, Sunetra's ethnic roots are mixed, and she holds British nationality. Growing up in England, Sunetra experienced social racism prevalent at that time.
After finishing her school, Sunetra, who has an average height, got admitted to a beauty college to pursue a dream of becoming a beautician. Initially, her parents were against her decision. Later they supported her.
Sunetra’s Husband, Divorce
Anglo-Indian Sunetra's twenty-four years marriage met a sad end in November 2014. To people's surprise, her married life with actor and comedian, Rowan Atkinson aka Mr. Bean never saw any setbacks in those long years. But, it suddenly ended in a blink.
Sunetra Sastry with her husband, Rowan Atkinson proceeds for divorce in November 2014 (Photo: goodtoknow.co.uk)
Sunetra and Rowan had first met in the year 1986. Later, the courtship happened for nearly three years until they got hitched in 1990. Their wedding took place in the famous Russian Teas Room, New York City.
The couple’s bonding was beautified by the birth of their son, Benjamin in 1993 and daughter, Lily in 1995. From there on, everything was perfect on Sunetra life; a loving partner, and children. But things did not come out as expected for Sunetra as her husband started dating an actress, Louise Ford in 2014.
Seeing her marriage breaking into pieces, Sunetra concluded getting divorced and filed a petition. Most surprisingly, the Court granted Sunetra divorce within sixty-five seconds as Rowan was not present for his hearing. As part of a divorce deal, Sunetra received 10 million worth mansion from her ex-husband.
Taking the side of her mother, Sunetra’s daughter applied Sastry as her surname instead of Atkinson and even called her dad "Dick head" on social media. The 23-year-old daughter named Lily Sastra does not want to gain fame because of her father, so she performed her own one-woman show titled Lily in London, which focused on her singing talents. She definitely does not want to perform comedy like her dad!
Even though Lily changing her surname to her mother's maiden name caused many fans to wonder Lily's relationship with her father.
It seemed like the broken marriage had caused everyone's relationship to shatter but Lily debunked all the rumors when she attended the celebration of the premiere of Rowan's latest film Johnny English Strikes Again.
Sunetra's son Ben Atkinson, similar to his sister Lily, does not want to follow their father's footsteps. Wanting to join the military, he was accepted at Sandhurst, the prestigious officers’ training school.
Sunetra’s ex-husband Rowan is not only father to Sunetra's two children anymore. He became a father again at the age of 62 with his second wife, Lousie Ford.
Sunetra Sastry Net Worth
Sunetra Sastry is well known for her work as a makeup artist on the comedy series, Black Adder. After Black Adder, she showed up her skills in various projects. Most of them were for Rowan Atkinson’s productions and BBC. Sunetra has garnered own fortune through her work and earns an average of $37K salary per year. And, the $10 million worth mansion from her ex-husband added more value to her net worth.