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Sean Bean

Sean Bean

English actor


He was born on April 17, 1959, in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.

His father, Brian Bean, was a welder, and his mother, Rita Bean, worked as a secretary, but became a housewife after the birth of his children.

Sean grew up an ordinary kid, he did very poorly in school, he liked to play soccer more than he liked to study lessons.

After high school, with honors in art and English, Sean sold cheese in the supermarket, shoveled snow, and worked in his father's welding shop.

He didn't like the Army, and since he was pretty good at drawing, he decided to try being an artist. As a result, after leaving 2 colleges, he came to theater.

He then entered and successfully graduated (with a silver medal for his graduation role in Waiting for Godot) from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

His professional acting debut was the stage "Citizen`s Theatre" in Glasgow, where Sean Bean played Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet.

The actor then worked at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Bean's career in film and television began in 1984.

The most famous roles of Sean Bean are the IRA gunman in "Patriot Games", the villain in "Clarissa", agent 006 in "GoldenEye".

Yet the real big break for Sean came in 1993, when he became the intrepid Lieutenant Richard Sharpe in the famous series of television movies about his adventures during the Napoleonic Wars. And Sharpe was supposed to be Paul McGann, but at the last minute he could not participate, and all the glory went to our hero.

In "Sharpe" there is a scene where the hero and his girlfriend fall from the horse into the river. The real case: the horse stumbled, the actors fell into the water, and the director liked the shot so much that he saved the episode in this form.

Russian audiences are familiar with the actor also mainly through the role of the royal gunfighter Sharpe.

First marriage (1981-1988) - hairdresser Debra James.

From a marriage (1990-1997) with actress Melanie Hill at Bean has two daughters - Lorna (born in 1987) and Molly (born in 1991).

His third wife (1997-2000) is actress Abigail Cruttenden, whom he met on the set of the series about Major Sharpe. Abigail played his fiancée and then wife Jane. In 1998, his daughter Evie Natalie was born.

In February 2008, he married young actress Georgina Sutcliffe.


March 22, 2022
Time renewed for season 2 – Stephen Graham and Sean Bean won't return
March 22, 2022
Time season 2: When will the Sean Bean series return?
June 1, 2021
Sean Bean Just Found Out the ‘Game of Thrones’ Ending, but Admits He’ll Probably Forget It
April 17, 1959
Sean Bean was born in Handsworth.


Further Resources


Sean Bean and Stephen Graham won't be returning for Time series 2 on BBC

Carlo Simone


March 22, 2022

Sean Bean stars in new BBC drama Marriage with Nicola Walker

Martha Wilson


March 2, 2022

Viral tweet reveals how Sheffield is viewed by rest of the world - some of the answers may surprise you

Robert Cumber


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