Sean Bean is starring in the big new BBC drama Time on BBC One tonight – and it’s great to have his talent back on the small screen.
He has played some seriously high-profile characters during his five-decade career.
Nevertheless, Sean manages to remain fairly inconspicuous – so let’s dive into the life of the 62-year-old star from Sheffield.
1. He is originally a Shaun
His real name is Sean Bean, but it was originally spelled Shaun – and his middle name is Mark.
2. Sean loves a wedding
In fact, he seems to like being a bridegroom. He was married five times! The last time he stepped on the aisle was in 2017 when he married Ashley Moore on a farm in Dorset.
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3. The name is … Bean
Sean missed becoming James Bond and was slapped for the role by Timothy Dalton after auditioning for The Living Daylights – maybe the Yorkshire accent would have gone too far for American audiences.
4. He doesn’t want to die on the screen again
Apparently he’s fed up with being killed – it happened about 20 times to be fair – and is now reportedly demanding that his character survive even if seriously injured. (Is that a spoiler for Time?)
5. His Sharpe scar was real
Plus, he got it from Harrison Ford, who accidentally hit him with a boat hook while filming Patriot Games in 1992. Now there is a story about eating.
6. The wrong human bean
We’re sure he’s inundated with fan mail, but he’s also getting letters from people trying to get rid of old rubbery face Mr.
7. He was stabbed in real life
Sean has suffered on-screen brawls more times than he probably would remember, but in 2011 he was really attacked.
The actor confronted a drunk who made suggestive comments about his companion – the perpetrator then stabbed him with broken glass.
Sean just kept drinking. Boy.
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8. Sean Bean is afraid of flying
So much so, that instead of taking helicopters with his co-stars, he wandered New Zealand while filming Lord of the Rings.
9. He is shaped
Sean sits on a net worth of £ 16 million. (He’ll probably need it with these ex-wives – and his five children.)
10. Bean gives a great meme
Thanks to his role as Boromir from The Lord of the Rings and especially his line ‘You Don’t Just Go to Mordor’ there are many memes.
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