People considering enlisting the services of a divorce lawyer in Cheshire may want to take a page out of Rowan Atkinson's book, after the comedian recently finalised a 'quickie' split from his wife of 25 years Sunetra Sastry.

The Black Adder star married Sunetra in February 1990, but they first met in the late '80s when she was working as a BBC make-up artist. The pair have two children and have been separated since last year, after which Atkinson began dating fellow comedian Louise Ford, 32.

"Sunetra was deeply upset to be replaced by such a younger woman," a source reportedly told the Sun.

London's Central Family Court granted Sunetra a decree nisi after a hearing that lasted less than a minute. The divorce was confirmed based on Atkinson's alleged 'unreasonable behaviour', although no examples were provided in court.

Neither Atkinson nor Sunetra were present for the hearing. They had been constructing an £11 million Oxfordshire home last year just prior to their separation. Sources say his wife will stay in the former couple's £21 million London mansion, while he has moved to a £4 million cottage in the capital.

Atkinson, 60, is one of the country's wealthiest performers, with an estimated fortune of £70 million. Aside from the immensely popular Blackadder series, he is also well known for Mr Bean, as well as Not The Nine O'Clock News and The Thin Blue Line.

Earlier this year, Atkinson sold his rare McLaren F1 supercar for a staggering £8 million, after buying it for just £640,000 in 1997.