Sean Bean

Actor, Voice actor, Welder
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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/17/1959 in Yorkshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (81)

The Frankenstein Chronicles 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Any Day 2015 (Movie)

Vian (Actor)

Jupiter Ascending 2015 (Movie)

Stinger Apini (Actor)

Legends 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Maudie 2015 (Movie)

Everett Lewis (Actor)

Pixels 2015 (Movie)

Corporal Hill (SAS Officer) (Actor)

The Martian 2015 (Movie)

Mitch Henderson (Actor)

A Woman's Guide to Adultry 2014 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Death Race 2 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Enemy of Man 2014 (Movie)

Macbeth (Actor)

Hooligan 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Lady Chatterley 2014 (Movie)

Mellors (Actor)

Lorna Doone 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Robot Chicken 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Wicked Blood 2013 (Movie)

Uncle Frank Stinson (Actor)

Mirror Mirror 2012 (Movie)

KIng (Actor)

Missing 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D 2012 (Movie)

Harry Mason (Actor)

Soldiers of Fortune 2012 (Movie)

Dimidov (Actor)

Age of Heroes 2011 (Movie)

Maj. Jack Jones (Actor)

Black Death 2011 (Movie)

Ulric (Actor)

Game of Thrones 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

1974: The Red Riding Trilogy Part 1 2010 (Movie)

John Dawson (Actor)

1983: The Red Riding Trilogy Part 3 2010 (Movie)

John Dawson (Actor)

Ca$h 2010 (Movie)

Pyke (Actor)

Cash 2010 (Movie)

Pyke Kubic / Reese Kubic (Actor)

Sharpe's Peril 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Crusoe 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

2007 BRIT Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Far North 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Outlaw 2007 (Movie)

Danny Bryant (Actor)

The Hitcher 2007 (Movie)

John Ryder (Actor)

Extremely Dangerous 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Sharpe's Challenge 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Silent Hill 2006 (Movie)

Christopher Da Silva (Actor)

The Dark 2006 (Movie)

James (Actor)

Flightplan 2005 (Movie)

Captain Rich (Actor)

North Country 2005 (Movie)

Kyle (Actor)

The Island 2005 (Movie)

Merrick (Actor)

National Treasure 2004 (Movie)

Ian Howe (Actor)

Pride 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Voice

Troy 2004 (Movie)

Odysseus (Actor)

The Big Empty 2003 (Movie)

Cowboy (Actor)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 (Movie)

Boromir (Actor)

Equilibrium 2002 (Movie)

Partridge (Actor)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 (Movie)

Boromir (Actor)

Don't Say A Word 2001 (Movie)

Patrick B Koster (Actor)

Airborne 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bravo Two Zero 2000 (Movie)

Andy McNab (Actor)

Essex Boys 2000 (Movie)

Jason Locke (Actor)

The Book That Wrote Itself 1999 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

The Canterbury Tales 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Ronin 1998 (Movie)

Spence (Actor)

Anna Karenina 1997 (Movie)

Vronsky (Actor)

When Saturday Comes 1997 (Movie)

Jimmy Muir (Actor)

Shopping 1996 (Movie)

Venning (Actor)

Absolute Conviction 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Goldeneye 1995 (Movie)

Alec Trevelyan--Agent 006 (Actor)

Sharpe II 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Beauty 1994 (Movie)

Farmer Grey (Actor)

Fool's Gold: Brink's-Mat Story 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Sharpe 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Patriot Games 1992 (Movie)

Sean Miller (Actor)

The Field 1990 (Movie)

Tadgh McCabe (Actor)

Windprints 1990 (Movie)

Anton Van Heerden (Actor)

How to Get Ahead in Advertising 1989 (Movie)

Larry Frisk (Actor)

The Jim Henson Hour 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

War Requiem 1989 (Movie)

German Soldier (Actor)

Stormy Monday 1988 (Movie)

Brendan (Actor)

Caravaggio 1986 (Movie)

Ranuccio Thomasoni (Actor)

Clarissa (TV Show)

Actor

Come Like Shadows (Movie)

Macbeth (Actor)

D-Day to Berlin (TV Show)

Narrator

Henry VIII (TV Show)

Actor

Jacob (TV Show)

Actor

Last Battle Dreamer (Movie)

Hakon (Actor)

Scarlett (TV Show)

Actor

The Dark (TV Show)

Actor

The Lost Future (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Rita Bean

Mother

Brian Bean

Father

Evie Bean

Daughter
Born Nov. 6, 1998; mother, Abigail Cruttenden

Lorna Bean

Daughter
Born in October 1987; mother, Melanie Hill

Molly Bean

Daughter
Born in September 1991; mother, Melanie Hill

Lorraine Bean

Sister

Abigail Cruttenden Actor

Wife
Co-starred on the British series "Sharpe" Married Nov. 22, 1997 Divorced in July 2000

Melanie Hill Actor

Wife
Met while both were attending drama school Married Feb. 27, 1990 Appeared together in the features "Shopping" (1994) and "When Saturday Comes" (1996) Divorced in August 1997

Debra James Actor

Wife
High school sweethearts Married April 11, 1981 Divorced in 1988 when Bean moved to London to attend RADA

Georgina Sutcliffe Actor

Wife
Married Feb. 19, 2008 Sutcliffe filed for divorce in August 2010, citing irreconcilable differences Divorced Dec. 21, 2010

EDUCATION

Granville College of Education

Sheffield
Attended for one day in 1979 before returning to Rotherham College

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1981 - 1983
Attended on scholarship; met future wife Melanie Hill

Brook Comprehensive School

Sheffield
Dropped out at age 16 in 1975

Rotherham College of Arts and Technology

Rotherham
Left briefly to attend Granville; returned and "discovered" acting

Milestones

2012

Cast as the King in the fantasy comedy "Mirror Mirror," starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and Lily Collins as Snow White

2011

Portrayed Eddard 'Ned' Stark on HBO's "Game of Thrones," based on author George R. R. Martin's best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series

2010

Cast as Zeus, Lord of the Sky and Ruler of Olympus, in the film adaptation of "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"

2007

Starred in a remake of a 1986 horror film "The Hitcher"

2006

Co-starred with Radha Mitchell in the thriller "Slient Hill"

2005

Played Frances McDormand's husband in "North Country"

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"

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"

2002

Had small but pivotal role in the futuristic thriller "Equilibrium" (a.k.a. "Librium")

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

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"

2000

Offered a strong performance as a volatile ex-con in the British gangster film "Essex Boys"

1999

Played a man accused of murdering his family in the four-part ITV miniseries "Extremely Dangerous"

1998

Portrayed real-life British soldier Andy McNab in the TV drama "Bravo Two Zero"

1998

Co-starred in the international thriller "Ronin"

1997

Cut a dashing figure as Vronsky in the remake of "Anna Karenina," starring Sophie Marceau

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

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")

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

1991

Garnered praise for playing Lovelace on the BBC adaptation of "Clarissa" (aired on "Masterpiece Theatre" in 1992)

1990

Co-starred opposite Richard Harris in "The Field"

1990

Portrayed the wicked Carver Doone in the Thames Television production "Lorna Doone"

1988

Delivered a fine performance as an Irish janitor in Mike Figgis' "Stormy Monday"

1988

Reunited with Jarman for "War Requiem"

1986

Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company

1986

Feature film debut in Derek Jarman's "Caravaggio"

1985

Spent a season acting on stage with the Young Writers Festival

1984

British TV-movie debut, "Winter Flight"

1983

Made professional stage debut as Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet" at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury (credited as Shaun Behan)

Raised in Handsworth, England

Bonus Trivia

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Bean received an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University in 1997.

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He 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).

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"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 on Bean in the London Times, Jan. 1, 1999

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"I've never seen myself as the romantic lead. 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." – Bean quoted in WM magazine, Autumn 2000

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On May 9, 2012, Bean was arrested on suspicion of sending abusive text messages and making harassing phone calls to his ex-wife Georgina Sutcliffe. The couple divorced in 2010. Bean was questioned but not charged for the incident.

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