Sean Bean

Sean Bean's 20 year career spans theater, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and appeared in a n...

Born on April 17, 1959

Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK

Height 1.79m / 5' 10"

Biography

Sean Bean's 20 year career spans theater, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and appeared in a number of West End stage productions including RSC's "Fair Maid of the West" (Spencer), (1986) and "Romeo and Juliet" (1987) (Romeo) , as well as "Deathwatch" (Lederer) (1985) at the Young Vic and "Killing the Cat" (Danny) (1990) at the Theatre Upstairs.This soulful, green-eyed blonde's roles are so varied that his magnetic persona convincing plays angst-ridden villains, as in Clarissa (1991), passionate lovers like Mellors in Lady Chatterley (1993), rough-and-ready soldiers such as Richard Sharpe, heartwrenching warriors as the emotionally torn Boromir in "The Lord of the Rings," and noble Greeks, like Odysseus in Troy (2004), where his very presence in the film adds grace and validity to the rest of the movie. Recently, he did a turn in Shakespeare's "Macbeth," where as the principal lead, he so transfixed the audience that the show was extended in London and critically acclaimed. Bean, however, remains himself, a man's man, and in the glizty world of movies this is a rare thing indeed. Bean resides in London where he enjoys raising his beautiful daughters, his beloved football, and the occasional pint.Bean has three daughters, Lorna, Molly and Evie.Read More

Known For

TradeMarks

Often plays men who start off as heroes and, sometime during the course of the film, take a dark turn and become villainous

Distinctive Yorkshire accent

Often plays characters who die in a violent manner. This has occurred more than 20 times.

Often portrays characters with a tendancy to appear brooding.

Trivia

Daughter, Evie Natasha born, with Abigail Cruttenden. [November 1998]

Has a scar over his eye given to him by Harrison Ford while shooting his death scene in Patriot Games (1992). Ford accidentally hit him with a boat hook. In the Sharpe series, this was emphasised with makeup to add credibility to his character.

He has a "100% BLADE" tattoo on his left shoulder, in honour of his favourite football team, Sheffield United whose nickname is "The Blades". The tattoo is frequently converted (with makeup) into a scar - or a different tattoo - when he is filming.

Was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Sheffield in England in 1997.

Appeared in Moby's video for "We Are All Made of Stars". [2002]

Made his professional stage debut in "Romeo and Juliet" (as Tybalt) at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, England in 1983.

Was not the first choice for the role of Richard Sharpe in the Sharpe series; he stepped in when an accident prevented actor Paul McGann from taking the part.

In a scene midway through Sharpe's Honour (1994), Sharpe and Marquesa Dorada are galloping down a hill on horseback when they suddenly tumble off the horse and land in the middle of a shallow stream. The scene is real; the horse stumbled as it was crossing the stream, sending Bean and co-star Alice Krige down into the water. Director 'Tom Clegg' liked the scene and kept it for the final cut.

He was a presenter at the 1995 BAFTA Awards.

He is a devoted follower of the Sheffield United Football Club.

Quotes

[talking about his character Boromir] He's a fallen hero, a very gentle man under that exterior. He's lived in an environment always ravaged by war and had to be realistic. He wants to use the ring against the enemy instead of destroying it. He doesn't understand the complexities this piece of metal can have on human beings.

With actors there used to be a kind of taboo about 'Are you a TV actor or a film actor?' Those lines don't exist anymore. Now you're getting people like Matthew McConaughey and many others doing quality television. And I think audiences appreciate it. They're saying, 'We're not just watching the same old stuff now.' There are unpredictable endings.

[on Madness] All the videos were so good, they always seem fresh and new, though the lyrics are quite melancholy.

[on David Bowie] To be able to create music like that, to be a poet, to constantly change his look and challenge everything, was quite incredible. It was very attractive, if I'm honest. He was luxurious and decadent and it was infectious, you wanted to be in the world that his character inhabited.

I was a big Bowie (David Bowie) fan when I was younger and I still am. I even dyed my hair red and had the same hairstyle. He was very big in Sheffield, people don't realize how important he was - so were Marc Bolan, Lou Reed, Roxy Music... it was a very luxurious time.

When I'm working I tend to listen to classical music in my trailer. Bach (Johann Sebastian Bach), Vivaldi (Antonio Vivaldi) and Mozart (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) put me in a good frame of mind, make me focused and clear. Bach is like the Shakespeare (William Shakespeare) of music.

I sort of leave the characters at the end of the day. I don't carry anything around with me. No excess baggage or unnecessary thoughts. I think it's too exhausting to do that. To put things into perspective - your work is your work and your leisure time is something else.

A common misperception of me is...that I am a tough, rough northerner, which I suppose I am really. But I'm pretty mild-mannered most of the time. It's the parts that you play I guess. I don't mind it. I'm not a tough guy. I'd like to act as a fair, easygoing, kind man at some point.

[on Casino Royale (2006)] I think there was a time I was linked to it but I suppose I blew it playing 006. They made a good choice in Daniel Craig. He's a very good actor. He was in one of the first Sharpes we ever did and I gave him a bit of a battering. So we can always say Sharpe battered Bond.

en in answer to question at Cannes Film Festival Troy (2004) Interview] There's a wealth of literature out there which, hopefully, will be, you know, exploded in the future, and I personally find it very rewarding to be involved with classic storytelling, and sort of legendary characters.

Spouses

Georgina Sutcliffe Georgina Sutcliffe February 19, 2008 - December 21, 2010 (divorced)
Melanie Hill Melanie Hill February 27, 1990 - present (divorced) (2 children)
Abigail Cruttenden Abigail Cruttenden November 22, 1997 - present (divorced) (1 child)

Filmography

Today Today Himself-Guest(1episode,2014)
The Bill The Bill HoraceClark(1episode,1984)
Winter Flight  Winter Flight  Hooker
Exploits at West Poley  Exploits at West Poley  ScarredMan
Inspector Morse Inspector Morse AlexBailey(1episode,1992)
The Storyteller The Storyteller Prince(1episode,1988)
Stormy Monday  Stormy Monday  Brendan
War Requiem  War Requiem  TheGermanSoldier
The Jim Henson Hour The Jim Henson Hour Prince(1episode,1989)
Live! with Kelly Live! with Kelly Himself-Guest(1episode,2014)
The Fifteen Streets  The Fifteen Streets  DominicO'Brien
The Field  The Field  TadghMcCabe
Lorna Doone  Lorna Doone  CarverDoone
Small Zones Small Zones Vic
Windprints  Windprints  AntonvanHeerden
Clarissa Clarissa Lovelace(4episodes,1991)
In the Border Country In the Border Country Smith
Tell Me That You Love Me Tell Me That You Love Me GabrielLewis
Fool's Gold: The Story of the Brink's-Mat Robbery  Fool's Gold: The Story of the Brink's-Mat Robbery  MickyMcAvoy
Lady Chatterley Lady Chatterley Mellors(4episodes,1993)
Patriot Games  Patriot Games  SeanMiller
Sharpe's Eagle  Sharpe's Eagle  Sharpe
Sharpe's Rifles  Sharpe's Rifles  Sharpe
Scarlett Scarlett LordRichardFenton(3episodes,1994)
The Vicar of Dibley The Vicar of Dibley SeanBean(1episode,1999)
Black Beauty  Black Beauty  FarmerGrey
Jacob  Jacob  Esau
Sharpe's Enemy  Sharpe's Enemy  Sharpe
Sharpe's Honour  Sharpe's Honour  Sharpe
GoldenEye  GoldenEye  AlecTrevelyan
Sharpe's Battle  Sharpe's Battle  Maj.RichardSharpe
Sharpe's Gold  Sharpe's Gold  Sharpe
When Saturday Comes  When Saturday Comes  JimmyMuir
The Rosie O'Donnell Show The Rosie O'Donnell Show Himself-Guest(1episode,2001)
Sharpe's Mission  Sharpe's Mission  RichardSharpe
Sharpe's Regiment  Sharpe's Regiment  Sharpe
Sharpe's Siege  Sharpe's Siege  MajorRichardSharpe
Anna Karenina  Anna Karenina  Vronsky
Sharpe's Justice  Sharpe's Justice  RichardSharpe
Sharpe's Revenge  Sharpe's Revenge  RichardSharpe
Bravo Two Zero  Bravo Two Zero  AndyMcNab
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  Boromir
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  Boromir
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  Boromir(extendededition)
This Morning This Morning Himself-Guest(2episodes,2006-2009)
Family Guy Family Guy PortraitGriffin(1episode,2013)
Film 2016 Film 2016 Himself-Interviewee(1episode,2015)
Extremely Dangerous Extremely Dangerous NeilByrne(4episodes,1999)
GMTV GMTV Himself(1episode,2004)
Equilibrium  Equilibrium  Partridge
The James Bond Story  The James Bond Story  AlecTrevelyan(archivefootage)
The Secret World of Spying  The Secret World of Spying  SeanMiller(archivefootage)
The Secrets of 007: The James Bond Files  The Secrets of 007: The James Bond Files  AlecTrevelyan(archivefootage)(uncredited)
The Book That Wrote Itself  The Book That Wrote Itself  Himself
Troubles Troubles CaptainBolton(2episodes,1988)
Screen One Screen One GabrielLewis/...(2episodes,1991)
Screen Two Screen Two Vic(1episode,1990)
Quest for the Ring  Quest for the Ring  Himself
A Passage to Middle-earth: The Making of 'Lord of the Rings'  A Passage to Middle-earth: The Making of 'Lord of the Rings'  Himself
The Making of 'The Lord of the Rings'  The Making of 'The Lord of the Rings'  Himself
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards  8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards  Himself
The Practice The Practice TerryDonlan(2episodes,1986)
HypaSpace HypaSpace Himself(3episodes,2006-2007)
Troldspejlet Troldspejlet Himself(1episode,2001)
Natural World Natural World Narrator(1episode,2013)
Lord of the Piercing  Lord of the Piercing  Boromir(archivefootage)
Troy  Troy  Odysseus
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  Boromir(archivefootage)
National Treasure  National Treasure  IanHowe
Tinseltown TV Tinseltown TV Himself(1episode,2003)
In Search of James Bond with Jonathan Ross  In Search of James Bond with Jonathan Ross  AlecTrevelyan
Henry VIII  Henry VIII  RobertAske
The Island  The Island  Dr.BernardMerrick
DNZ: The Real Middle Earth  DNZ: The Real Middle Earth  Himself/Boromir(archivefootage)
Tavis Smiley Tavis Smiley Himself-Guest(1episode,2015)
Celebrity Naked Ambition  Celebrity Naked Ambition  (archivefootage)
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age  The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age  Boromir(archivefootage)
Decisive Weapons Decisive Weapons Narrator(1episode,1996)
Robot Chicken Robot Chicken Dr.Doom/...(1episode,2014)
Corazón de... Corazón de... Himself(2episodes,2005)
From Book to Script  From Book to Script  Himself-Boromir
J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of Middle-Earth  J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of Middle-Earth  Boromir(archivefootage)(uncredited)
The Road Goes Ever On...  The Road Goes Ever On...  Himself-Boromir
Scale  Scale  Boromir
Cameras in Middle-Earth  Cameras in Middle-Earth  Himself
Warriors of the Third Age  Warriors of the Third Age  Himself
Wedded Wedded Man
Episode dated 12 October 2005 Episode dated 12 October 2005 Himself
Episode #5.7 Episode #5.7 Himself
Episode dated 20 December 2003 Episode dated 20 December 2003 Himself
Outlaw  Outlaw  DannyBryant
Episode dated 31 January 2006 Episode dated 31 January 2006 Himself-Guest
Faceless  Faceless  EddiePrey
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief  Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief  Zeus
Made in Hollywood Made in Hollywood Himself(1episode,2015)
Gomorron Gomorron Himself(3episodes,1995-2001)
GoldenEye: The Secret Files  GoldenEye: The Secret Files  Himself
Game of Thrones Game of Thrones Eddard'Ned'Stark(11episodes,2011-2013)
Screenplay Screenplay Man(1episode,1990)
Episode #2.4 Episode #2.4 TerryDonlan
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