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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 17 April 1959Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK
Birth NameShaun Mark Bean
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Winona Kent and moviefarie

Spouse (4)

Georgina Sutcliffe (19 February 2008 - 21 December 2010) (divorced)
Abigail Cruttenden (22 November 1997 - 2000) (divorced) (1 child)
Melanie Hill (27 February 1990 - 1997) (divorced) (2 children)
Debra James (11 April 1981 - 1988) (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Often plays men who start off as heroes and, sometime during the course of the film, take a dark turn and become villainous
Often portrays characters with a tendancy to appear brooding.
Often plays characters who die in a violent manner. This has occurred more than 20 times.
Distinctive Yorkshire accent

Trivia (41)

Daughter, Evie Natasha born, with Abigail Cruttenden. [November 1998]
He is a devoted follower of the Sheffield United Football Club.
He was a presenter at the 1995 BAFTA Awards.
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.
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.
Made his professional stage debut in "Romeo and Juliet" (as Tybalt) at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, England in 1983.
Appeared in Moby's video for "We Are All Made of Stars". [2002]
Was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Sheffield in England in 1997.
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.
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 and his ex-wife, Melanie Hill, have two daughters: Lorna Bean and Molly Bean.
Says that he took the roles of Boromir and Odysseus because he was "tired of being known as a villainous actor" to American audiences (he says he was tired of playing just bad guys and wanted a change of pace and to play a sympathetic character or two).
Since February 2004, has been living in a London hotel after a burst water pipe flooded his house.
He has retained his Sheffield accent.
The only film awards he's ever won are from the Screen Actors Guild, the National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics Association; these awards were all for Best Cast Ensemble for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), in which he only appeared for three seconds in archive footage.
Is one of four "Lord of the Rings" stars to star, pre-"Rings", with Harrison Ford. He starred with Ford in Patriot Games (1992), and Ford starred with Viggo Mortensen in Witness (1985), and with John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and with Miranda Otto (Éowyn) in What Lies Beneath (2000).
Graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, England.
Is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford Upon Avon, England, where his credits include "A Midsummer Nights Dream" and "King Richard II".
Once played Romeo at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in streetwise-wearing biker's leather.
Has three children as of July 2005: Lorna Bean (b. October 1987; mother is Melanie Hill), Molly Bean (b. September 1991; mother is Melanie Hill) and Evie Natasha Bean (b. November 1998; mother is Abigail Cruttenden).
Auditioned for the role of James Bond in The Living Daylights (1987). He later played Bond's nemesis Alec Trevelyan in GoldenEye (1995).
His dislike for flying is so intense that during the filming of the "Mount Caradhras" scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), he hiked in costume to the shooting site while his fellow cast members were ferried in by helicopter.
Has worked opposite two Aragorns. Prior to working with Viggo Mortensen in The Lord of the Rings, he appeared in The Field (1990) with John Hurt, who had voiced Aragorn in Ralph Bakshi's animated film. Also, in Sharpe's Challenge (2006), he works with Toby Stephens, whose father, Robert Stephens, played Aragorn in the BBC Radio Adaptation.
Like fellow countryman Gary Oldman, he started out his career playing villainous characters, only to later distance himself from that on screen image by taking more likable roles like the ones he played in Troy (2004) and North Country (2005).
Appeared in UK adult comic Viz (issue 76, Feb/Mar 1996) in a spoof photo-love story called "I've Bean to Paradise".
Applied successfully for a grant to study at RADA where he won a Silver Medal and two fencing medals.
Presented the award for Duo of the Year to John Tams and Barry Coope at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. (4th February 2008).
Was considered for the part of Kainan in Outlander (2008).
Has a younger sister called Lorraine Bean.
He has two scars. He got one when he was a child and the other from Harrison Ford during the filming of Patriot Games.
His father, Brian, owned a fabrication (metal) shop and his mother, Rita, worked as a secretary.
His fear of flying was cured during the filming of The Lord of the Rings.
Appeared in Game of Thrones (2011), with Peter Vaughan. Vaughan had previously played Denethor in the BBC Radio production of "The Lord of the Rings", while Bean played Boromir - Denethor's son - in Peter Jackson's films.
He has received multiple articles of fan mail intended for Rowan Atkinson, who played Mr. Bean.
Bean has been a fan of Sheffield United since he was eight years old, and has a tattoo on his left shoulder that reads "100% Blade". He opened their hall of fame in 2001 and, after making a six-figure contribution to the club's finances, was on their board of directors between 2002 and 2007 to help raise the profile of the club. He stepped down in 2007 to "go back to being an ordinary supporter" where he feels at home. During his time there, he had some issues with Neil Warnock, former manager of Sheffield United, after Warnock claimed that Bean stormed into his office and shouted at him in front of his wife and daughter when the club had just been relegated from the Premier League. Bean denies it, calling Warnock "bitter" and "hypocritical". He wrote the foreword and helped to promote a book of anecdotes called Sheffield United: The Biography.
He follows Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
He was considered for the role of Hank Pym in Ant-Man (2015) that went to Michael Douglas.
Has played both Mythological Greek hero Odysseus in Troy (2004) and Greek God Zeus in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010).
Major supporter of the Labour Party.
Sean Bean has become a source of popular Facebook/Internet memes of his character Boromir in the "Lord Of The Rings" films. The memes always begin with the line "One simply does not..." followed by a humorous quote or reference to something in the news or pop culture. This is based on his line "One does not simply walk into Mordor.".
As of 2016, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)_, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and The Martian (2015). Of those, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) is a winner in the category.

Personal Quotes (11)

[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.
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.
[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.
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.
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.
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 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.
[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.
[on Madness] All the videos were so good, they always seem fresh and new, though the lyrics are quite melancholy.
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 Peter O'Toole) "The first time I met him on the set, he was in a robe with a cigarette holder and he said: 'Sean, how are you, dear boy?' He was just how I imagined him to be."

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