Mr Bean impersonator stuck and refuses to leave Wuhan over fear spreading virus

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Dorothy Lac in TV & Movies

Last updated: 12 February 2020, 08:41 GMT

A British actor who is famous in China for impersonating Mr Bean refused to leave Wuhan after he flew to the coronavirus-ridden city before the deadly outbreak.

Nigel Dixon, 53, insisted he is safe and happy there and does not want to spread the virus to others. He even started a mini-series to document his life there after the virus.

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The show, named "Mr Pea", charts life in the epicenter of the corona virus outbreak in the style of Rowan Atkinson's lassic comedy.

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He travelled from his home in Felixstowe, Sussex, to Wuhan on a sightseeing trip on 2 January and was planning to see some friends for Chinese New Year.

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

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".

Dixon’s videos have been a hit on Chinese video platform Kuaishou, which is similar to TikTok, and has since gained around 5.5 million followers.

He can be seen singing to his stuffed toy "Teddy" while he shows how he passes the time in the quarantined city.

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Another episode shows him washing his hands and disinfecting his clothing in Mr Bean style.

The comedian revealed he was not aware that the British government had urged all British citizens to leave China, saying he is planning on returning at the end of March. He also said he wants to continue with his acting career in the country.

"I don't think anybody needs to be scared of getting infected as long as they take preventative measures," he said.

"We are one global family. We should support one another and support China." Dixon continued.

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

At the time of writing, 43,104 cases of corona virus have been confirmed, resulting in a reported 1,018 deaths.

So far, there have been eight cases confirmed in the UK, with a quarantine centre on the Wirral holding the patients.



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