Sean Bean

Birth Day April 17th, 1959
Birth Place Handsworth
Age 65 Years Old
Zodiac Sign Aries

Shaun Mark Bean who is known professionally as Sean Bean is an English actor. He made his debut in a theatre production of Romeo and Juliet in 1983 and rose to fame for his portrayal of Richard Sharpe in the ITV series Sharpe. He is also known for his role in a film series The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–2003) and the portrayal of Ned Stark in the HBO epic fantasy series Game of Thrones.

'Game of Thrones' and 'Lord of The Rings' Actor Sean Bean Says He's Now Rejecting Roles Where He's Killed

Sean Bean is no longer interested in taking on acting roles that lead to his character’s demise. In an interview with The Sun on Thursday, the British actor, 60, revealed that after nearly two dozen of his characters died across 35 years in the business, he’s become much more selective when offered a job.

Bean was famously beheaded in the first season of Game of Thrones, kicking off the show’s long spree of killing main characters. He took arrows in the chest in 2001’s Lord of the Rings, and he was crushed by burning metal in 1995’s GoldenEye. In an interview with The Sun, published on Thursday, Bean said, “I’ve turned down stuff. I’ve said, ‘They know my character’s going to die because I’m in it!’

“I did do one job and they said, ‘We’re going to kill you’, and I was like, ‘Oh no!’ and then they said, ‘Well, can we injure you badly?’ and I was like, ‘OK, so long as I stay alive this time’,” Bean said. The 60-year-old actor’s repeated deaths are well known on the internet, and even launched a 2014 internet campaign titled #DontKillSeanBean. A 2011 YouTube video titled “Sean Bean Death Reel” has over 2,600,000 views.

Famous for 

  • His portrayal of Richard Sharpe in the ITV series Sharpe.
  • For his role in a film series The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–2003) and the portrayal of Ned Stark in the HBO epic fantasy series Game of Thrones.

Where was Sean Bean born?

Sean Bean was born on 17 April 1959 in Handsworth, a suburb of Sheffield. He holds an English nationality and belongs to the white ethnicity. His birth name is Shaun Mark Bean with the birth sign of Aries and was born to his father Brian K. Bean and mother Rita. His father owned a fabrication company that employed 50 people, including Bean's mother, who worked as a secretary. He also has a younger sister, Lorraine. 

Regarding his education, He attended Brook Comprehensive School with O levels in Art and English in 1975 and later joined  Rotherham College of Arts and Technology to study welding. He decided to pursue his interest in art and started attending courses at two other colleges, one for half a day and the other for less than a week but later, he returned to Rotherham College, where he enrolled in a drama course. He also won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

How tall is Sean Bean?

Actor Sean Bean stands the height of 5ft 10in tall with a weight of 85 kg. Moreover, he has a normal body physique with the body measurements of chest: 44", waist: 35" and biceps: 15". Additionally, he has a fair complexion with his attractive personality including his green eyes and light brown hair color.

Career of Sean Bean

  • After his graduation, he started his professional acting debut as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury.
  • In 1984, he starred in David and Jonathan by William Douglas-Home at the Redgrave Theatre in Farnham.
  • Between 1986 and 1988, he was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in productions of Romeo and Juliet, The Fair Maid of the West, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • He appeared in his first film, Derek Jarman's Caravaggio (1986), and War Requiem (1988).
  • In 1989, he starred as the evil Dominic O'Brien in The Fifteen Streets, where he gained a dedicated following.
  • He appeared in the BBC productions Clarissa and Lady Chatterley (1993) with Joely Richardson.
  • In 1990, Bean starred in Jim Sheridan's adaption of the John B. Keane play The Field.
  • In 1996, he combined his love of football with his career to finally achieve his childhood dream of playing for Sheffield United, as Jimmy Muir in the film When Saturday Comes.
  • In August 1997, Bean appeared in what became a famous Sky Sports commercial for the upcoming 1997–98 Premier League season.
  • He also appeared in 1998 when he narrated La Coupe de la Gloire, the official film of the 1998 FIFA World Cup held in France.
  • Bean's career got boost up when he became most closely associated with the character of Richard Sharpe, the maverick Napoleonic Wars rifleman in the ITV television series Sharpe.
  • With a role as enigmatic Lord Richard Fenton in the TV miniseries Scarlett, Bean made the transition to Hollywood feature films. 
  • His first notable Hollywood appearance was that of an Irish republican terrorist in the 1992 film adaptation of Patriot Games.
  • In the 1995  Bean portrayed James Bond's nemesis Alec Trevelyan in the film GoldenEye.
  • He played the weak-stomached Spence in Ronin (1998), a wife-beating ex-con in Essex Boys (2000), and a malevolent kidnapper/jewel thief in Don't Say a Word (2001). 
  • He was also widely recognized as villainous treasure hunter Ian Howe in National Treasure and played a villainous scientist in The Island (2005). 
  • Bean's most prominent role was as Boromir in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  • His major screen time occurs in the first installment, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Then he appears briefly in flashbacks in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
  • Bean has also done voice-over work, mostly in the British advertising industry.
  • He does the voice over for the National Blood Service's television and radio campaign. 
  • He also voiced Martin Septim for the role-playing video game, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
  • He has also appeared in Outlaw, an independent British production, and a remake of 1986 horror film, The Hitcher (released on January 2007).
  • He also appeared in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), playing the role of Zeus, the king of Mount Olympus and god of the sky, thunder, and lightning
  • Bean starred in the first season of Game of Thrones, HBO's adaptation of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R. R. Martin, playing the part of Lord Eddard Stark.
  • In August 2012, Bean appeared as cross-dressing teacher Simon in the opening episode of the second season of UK television series Accused, a role which would earn him a Royal Television Society best actor award.
  • In 2012 he also appeared in Tarsem Singh's Snow White film, Mirror Mirror, which was released in the U.S. in March. 
  • He also 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.
  • From 2015 to 2017 Bean starred in the ITV Encore drama series The Frankenstein Chronicles.


  • He has received several honors and acclaims, including an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University in 1997 and a Doctor of Letters in English Literature from the University of Sheffield in July 2007.
  • He has won 6 awards for his role in Lords of the Rings series including Phoneix Film Critics Society Award, Critics choice Arawd and National Board of Review.
  • He has won 3 awards for his role in Game of Thrones series including Portal Award, IGN Summer Movie Award, and IGN People's Choice Award.
  • He has also won 2 awards as best actor for his role in Accused including International Emmy Award.
  • He also won BAFTA Award for his leading role in

Marital life of Sean Bean

Bean has married five times and divorced four times. He is currently married to Ashley Moore on 30 June 2017.

But previously, He was first married to his secondary school sweetheart Debra James on 11 April 1981 and got divorced in 1988. He then met actress Melanie Hill at RADA, and the couple married on 27 February 1990. They also had two daughters, born in October 1987, and in September 1991. They got divorced in August 1997. Bean married his third wife actress Abigail Cruttenden with whom he met during the filming of Sharpe and they were married on 22 November 1997 and were divorced in July 2000. They also had a daughter who was born in November 1998. Later, Bean began dating actress Georgina Sutcliffe in 2006 and got married to Sutcliffe at the Marylebone Register Office in London on 19 February 2008. Moreover, Bean and Sutcliffe's separation was announced on 6 August 2010, and a decree nisi was granted on 21 December 2010. The reason behind their separation was physical abuse and domestic disturbances as Sutcliffe's allegation to her husband. 

Birthday of Sean Bean

The 60 years old actor Sean Bean celebrates his birthday on the 17th of April.

Net worth of Sean Bean

The English actor has collected a good amount of money from his career through his films and television series. As of 2019, his net worth is estimated to be around $20 million.

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