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Also Known As: Shaun Mark Bean Died:
Born: April 17, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Yorkshire, England, GB Profession: actor, voice actor, welder

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A charismatic screen presence who proved equally effective in romantic leads and as a villain, actor Sean Bean carved his path through the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before making a name for himself on British television and in American films. After spending the latter half of the 1980s making smaller films, he made his U.S. feature debut as a vengeance-minded IRA terrorist in the hit spy thriller, "Patriot Games" (1992), which opened the doors for the actor to play a wide range of bad guys. The following year, Bean was featured as a tough 19th century British officer, Richard Sharpe, in the long-running made-for-television movie series "Sharpe" (ITV, 1993- ) that gave him steady work over the next couple of decades. Meanwhile, he was a former 00 agent-turned-traitor in "GoldenEye" (1995) before playing an inexperienced spy in the thriller "Ronin" (1998). But it was his supporting turn as the proud warrior, Boromir, who falls prey to temptation in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001) that exposed Bean to his biggest audience and turned him into a widely-recognized figure. From there, he had supporting roles in large scale features like "Troy" (2004) and "The Island" (2005),...

A charismatic screen presence who proved equally effective in romantic leads and as a villain, actor Sean Bean carved his path through the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before making a name for himself on British television and in American films. After spending the latter half of the 1980s making smaller films, he made his U.S. feature debut as a vengeance-minded IRA terrorist in the hit spy thriller, "Patriot Games" (1992), which opened the doors for the actor to play a wide range of bad guys. The following year, Bean was featured as a tough 19th century British officer, Richard Sharpe, in the long-running made-for-television movie series "Sharpe" (ITV, 1993- ) that gave him steady work over the next couple of decades. Meanwhile, he was a former 00 agent-turned-traitor in "GoldenEye" (1995) before playing an inexperienced spy in the thriller "Ronin" (1998). But it was his supporting turn as the proud warrior, Boromir, who falls prey to temptation in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001) that exposed Bean to his biggest audience and turned him into a widely-recognized figure. From there, he had supporting roles in large scale features like "Troy" (2004) and "The Island" (2005), while offering compelling turns in smaller movies such as "North Country" (2005) and "The Hitcher" (2007); displaying a versatility that stood Bean apart from his contemporaries.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Maudie (2015)
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 Hooligan (2012)
5.
 Cleanskin (2012)
6.
 Black Death (2011)
7.
 Lost Future, The (2010)
8.
 Ca$h (2010)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Handsworth, England
1983:
Made professional stage debut as Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet" at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury (credited as Shaun Behan)
1984:
British TV-movie debut, "Winter Flight"
1985:
Spent a season acting on stage with the Young Writers Festival
1986:
Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company
1986:
Feature film debut in Derek Jarman's "Caravaggio"
1988:
Delivered a fine performance as an Irish janitor in Mike Figgis' "Stormy Monday"
1988:
Reunited with Jarman for "War Requiem"
1990:
Portrayed the wicked Carver Doone in the Thames Television production "Lorna Doone"
1990:
Co-starred opposite Richard Harris in "The Field"
1991:
Garnered praise for playing Lovelace on the BBC adaptation of "Clarissa" (aired on "Masterpiece Theatre" in 1992)
1992:
Cast as gamekeeper Mellors opposite Joely Richardson's "Lady Chatterley" (BBC)
1992:
American film debut as an Irish radical in "Patriot Games" opposite Harrison Ford
1993:
Landed breakthrough role as the Napoleonic era British soldier Richard Sharpe on "Sharpe," a series of 14 TV-movies adapted from Bernard Cornwell's novels (aired in the U.S. on "Masterpiece Theatre")
1994:
Cast as Lord Richard Fenton in the CBS miniseries "Scarlett," filmed as a sequel to "Gone With the Wind" (1939)
1994:
Portrayed Esau to Matthew Modine's "Jacob" in the TNT biblical movie
1997:
Cut a dashing figure as Vronsky in the remake of "Anna Karenina," starring Sophie Marceau
1998:
Co-starred in the international thriller "Ronin"
1998:
Portrayed real-life British soldier Andy McNab in the TV drama "Bravo Two Zero"
1999:
Played a man accused of murdering his family in the four-part ITV miniseries "Extremely Dangerous"
2000:
Offered a strong performance as a volatile ex-con in the British gangster film "Essex Boys"
2001:
Cast as the leader of a gang of jewel thieves who resort to blackmail and murder in the thriller "Don't Say a Word"
2001:
Portrayed Boromir in the Peter Jackson directed "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic novel
2002:
Had small but pivotal role in the futuristic thriller "Equilibrium" (a.k.a. "Librium")
2003:
Featured in the comedy "The Big Empty" opposite Jon Favreau
2003:
Reprised role as Boromir in Jackson's "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
2004:
Cast as the Greek hero Odysseus in director Wolfgnag Petersen's epic "Troy"
2004:
Cast opposite Nicolas Cage and Harvey Keitel in "National Treasure"
2005:
Played Frances McDormand's husband in "North Country"
2006:
Co-starred with Radha Mitchell in the thriller "Slient Hill"
2007:
Starred in a remake of a 1986 horror film "The Hitcher"
2010:
Cast as Zeus, Lord of the Sky and Ruler of Olympus, in the film adaptation of "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"
2011:
Portrayed Eddard 'Ned' Stark on HBO's "Game of Thrones," based on author George R. R. Martin's best-selling <i>A Song of Ice and Fire</i> series
2012:
Cast as the King in the fantasy comedy "Mirror Mirror," starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and Lily Collins as Snow White
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Education

Rotherham College of Arts and Technology: -
Granville College of Education: -
Brook Comprehensive School: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1981 - 1983

Notes

Received honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University in 1997

Bean has lent his unique vocal abilities to TV documentaries (i.e., "Paradise Blues" 1999; "Treacherous Places" 2001), TV commercials (for Hellmann's mayonaise and the London Times) as well as audio books (e.g., "The Big Game" 1999).

"He is arguably one of Britain's sexiest actors, makes a fine villain and has the nation's best-known bottom. His face is unusual but attractive: slitty-eyed, roughened, but with a fine bone structure supporting cheeks that look somehow well worn - as if they've been punched and kissed in equal measure." --Grace Bradberry writing in the London Times, January 1, 1999.

"I've never seen myself as the romantic lead, really.

"I don't get up in the morning and think, `I wonder who's going to offer me the romantic lead this week.' I've played a lot of criminals too." --Sean Bean quoted in WM Magazine, Autumn 2000.

"... I sort of leave the character 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. You don't actually constantly think about your character 24 hours a day. It's probably detrimental - it would have been in my case, with the character of Jason Locke in 'Essex Boys'. I think everybody's got different methods of working which suit the particular individual. Mine is to sort of play the part, and give 100%, to concentrate and focus on it while I'm actually working, but then leave it behind until the next day." --Sean Bean to Winona Kent in a 2001 interview published at "The Compleat Sean Bean" (http://mypage.direct.ca/w/wkent/seanbean.html)

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Debra James. Hairdresser. Were childhood sweethearts; married in 1979; divorced.
wife:
Melanie Hill. Actor. Met while both were attending drama school; together from 1980; married in 1991; second wife; separated in 1996; divorced; appeared in the features "Shopping" and "Brassed Off".
wife:
Abigail Cruttenden. Actor. Born c. 1968; married on November 22, 1997; appeared together in "Sharpe" series; divorced in 2000.

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father:
Brian Bean. Welder, steel factory owner.
mother:
Rita Bean.
sister:
Lorraine Bean. Younger.
daughter:
Lorna Bean. Born c. 1987; mother, Melanie Hill.
daughter:
Molly Bean. Born c. 1991; mother, Melanie Hill.
daughter:
Evie Natasha Bean. Born in November 1998; mother, Abigail Cruttenden.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Sean Bean: The Biography" Piatkus Books

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