45 Facts About Sean Bean

1.

Sean Bean was born on Shaun Mark Bean on 17 April 1959 and is an English actor.

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2.

Sean Bean has been the main voice over for O2 and their adverts for over 20 years having originally taken the job in 2002.

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3.

In 2022 Sean Bean won the British Academy Television Award as Leading Actor in Time, a BBC One drama.

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4.

Shaun Mark Bean was born on 17 April 1959 in Handsworth, a suburb of Sheffield, the son of Rita .

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5.

Sean Bean's father owned a fabrication company that employed 50 people, including Bean's mother, who worked as a secretary.

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6.

In 1975, Sean Bean left Brook Comprehensive School with O levels in Art and English.

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7.

Sean Bean graduated from RADA in 1983, making his professional acting debut later that year as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury.

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Sean Bean appeared in his first film, Derek Jarman's Caravaggio, opposite Tilda Swinton, playing Ranuccio Tomassoni, followed by the same director's War Requiem .

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9.

In 1990, Bean starred in Jim Sheridan's adaptation of the John B Keane play The Field.

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10.

Sean Bean appeared in the BBC productions Clarissa and Lady Chatterley .

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11.

Sean Bean's football related work continued in 1998 when he narrated La Coupe de la Gloire, the official film of the 1998 FIFA World Cup held in France.

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12.

Sean Bean was not the first actor to be chosen to play Sharpe.

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13.

Sean Bean's rough-cut looks made him a patent choice for a villain, and his role in Patriot Games was the first of several villains that he would portray, all of whom die in gruesome ways.

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14.

Sean Bean was widely recognised as villainous treasure hunter Ian Howe in National Treasure, and played a villainous scientist in The Island .

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15.

Sean Bean appears briefly in flashbacks in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, as well as in a scene from the extended edition of The Two Towers.

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Sean Bean became a repentant, poetry-reading Grammaton cleric who succumbs to his emotions in 2002's Equilibrium, a quirky alien cowboy in 2003's The Big Empty, and a sympathetic and cunning Odysseus in the 2004 film Troy.

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17.

Sean Bean appeared with other Hollywood stars in Moby's music video "We Are All Made of Stars" in February 2002.

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18.

Sean Bean has done voice-over work, mostly in the British advertising industry.

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19.

Sean Bean has featured in television adverts for O2, Morrisons and Barnardos as well as for Acuvue and the Sci-Fi Channel in the United States.

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20.

Sean Bean has filmed a TV ad for Yorkshire Tea, a United Kingdom brand of tea.

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21.

Sean Bean has appeared in Outlaw, an independent British production, and a remake of 1986 horror film, The Hitcher ; here he used an American accent again.

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22.

Also that year, Sean Bean starred in Cash, playing the lead role of Pyke Kubic, a dangerous man determined to recover his wealth in a bad economy.

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23.

Sean Bean starred in Soldiers of Fortune and the 2012 film Cleanskin, in which he plays a secret service agent faced with the task of pursuing and eliminating a suicide bomber and his terrorist cell.

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24.

Sean Bean reprised his role as Christopher Da Silva in the Silent Hill film sequel Silent Hill: Revelation, and co-starred in the ABC drama series Missing, which premiered in early 2012.

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25.

Sean Bean starred in the espionage television series Legends as Martin Odum, an FBI agent who takes on various fabricated identities to go undercover.

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26.

From 2015 to 2017 Sean Bean starred in the ITV Encore drama series The Frankenstein Chronicles.

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27.

In 2017 Sean Bean starred in the BBC series Broken as the troubled priest Father Michael Kerrigan, which earned him a BAFTA award for Best Actor.

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28.

In 2019 Sean Bean played a damaged veteran in the TV drama World on Fire, basing his interpretation on his late paternal grandfather.

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29.

On 31 May 2020, Sean Bean appeared on Josh Gad's YouTube series Reunited Apart which reunites the cast of popular movies through video-conferencing, and promotes donations to non-profit charities.

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30.

Sean Bean is often described as "down to earth" and has retained his Yorkshire accent.

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31.

Sean Bean says that he does not mind being considered as a "bit of rough" by women.

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32.

Sean Bean has developed a reputation as a loner, a label that he considers unfair.

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33.

Sean Bean has described himself instead as quiet, and interviewers confirm that he is a "man of few words", with one interviewer calling him "surprisingly shy".

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34.

Sean Bean admits that he can be a workaholic; he reads books or listens to music in his spare time, and is a skilled pianist.

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35.

Sean Bean has said that the most difficult part is at the start of filming when trying to understand the character.

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36.

Sean Bean's characters tend to die on screen, a phenomenon that has gained notoriety on the internet and in The Lord of The Rings, Game of Thrones and James Bond fandoms.

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37.

Sean Bean has been married five times and divorced four times.

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38.

Sean Bean married his secondary school sweetheart Debra James on 11 April 1981, and they were divorced in 1988.

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39.

Sean Bean met actress Melanie Hill at RADA, and they were married on 27 February 1990.

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40.

Sean Bean 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.

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41.

Sean Bean stepped down in 2007 to "go back to being an ordinary supporter" where he feels at home.

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42.

Sean Bean wrote the foreword and helped to promote a book of anecdotes called Sheffield United: The Biography.

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43.

Sean Bean has a tattoo of the number nine on his shoulder, written using Tengwar, in reference to his involvement in the Lord of the Rings films and the fact that his character was one of the original nine companions of the Fellowship of the Ring.

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44.

Sean Bean is Christian and a keen gardener in his spare time.

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45.

Sean Bean was selected as one of the inaugural members of Sheffield Legends and a plaque in his honour has been placed in front of Sheffield Town Hall.

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