Mr Bean impersonator stuck in Wuhan

By | February 11, 2020

A British comic known for his Mr Bean impressions is refusing to leave Wuhan after he flew to the coronavirus-ridden city on holiday before the deadly outbreak.

Actor Nigel Dixon, 53, says he does not want to spread the virus to others and insists he’s safe and happy in China, even starting a miniseries to document his life there amid the virus, according to The Sun.

The show – named ‘Mr Pea’ – charts life in the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in the style of Rowan Atkinson’s classic comedy.

Dixon, of Felixstowe in Suffolk, has played as Atkinson’s double in 2017 Chinese comedy ‘Top Funny Comedian’.

He jetted out to Wuhan on a sightseeing trip on January 2 and to see friends for Chinese New Year.

But after the outbreak, he decided to stay put rather than head back to the UK.

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He told the Daily Mail he cancelled a trip to Chinese city Shenzhen, saying it would be “selfish of me to go not knowing if I have the virus or not”.

It comes after a British Scout Leader was today revealed as the coronavirus super spreader.

Businessman Steve Walsh, 53, is feared to have infected at least 11 people across Europe and the UK over the past two weeks.

The comedian also revealed he was not aware that the British government had urged all British citizens to leave China.

He said: “I don’t think anybody needs to be scared of getting infected as long as they take preventive measures”.

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“We are one global family. We should support one another and support China.”

Dixon added he appreciated the support Chinese people had given to him and their fellow countrymen during the outbreak.

His miniseries, streamed online, has gathered a staggering 5.5 million followers.

In one episode, he sings a version of “You Are My Sunshine” to his teddy toy while playing his guitar, to show how he kills time when the whole city is in quarantine.

In another skit, the comic shows how he protects himself by washing his hands and disinfecting his clothes when he gets home.

More than 1,000 people have died as the deadly virus tears through China. There have been more than 43,000 confirmed cases across the world.

This story first appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission.

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