Bean, Sean 1959(?)- (Shaun Behan)

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Bean, Sean 1959(?)- (Shaun Behan)


Born April 17, 1959 (some sources cite 1958), in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England; son of Brian (a steelworks factory owner and welder) and Rita (a secretary) Bean; married Debra (a hair stylist), 1979 (some sources cite April 11, 1981; divorced); married Melanie Hill (an actress), 1989 (various sources cite February 27, 1990 or 1991; divorced, August, 1997); married Abigail Cruttenden (an actress), November 22, 1997 (divorced, July, 2000); children: (second marriage) Lorna, Molly; (third marriage) Evie Natasha. Education: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduated, 1983; also attended the Rotherham College of Arts and Technology and the Granville College of Education. Avocational Interests: Soccer.


Agent—Creative Artists Agency, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067; International Creative Management, 4-6 Soho Sq., London W1D 3PZ, England (some sources cite Oxford House, 76 Oxford St., London W1N 0AX, England). Publicist—Rogers & Cowan Public Relations, 8687 Melrose Ave., Pacific Design Center, Seventh Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90069.


Actor and voice actor. Performer with the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, c. 1983; member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, c. 1986-87; appeared in and provided voice work for advertisements. Worked as a welder in his father's steelworks factory.

Awards, Honors:

Honorary D.Litt., Sheffield Hallam University, 1997; Empire Award nomination, best British actor, 2002, for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring; Phoenix Film Critics Society Award, best acting ensemble, and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, outstanding performance by the cast of a theatrical motion picture, both with others, 2002, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring; DVDX Award nomination (with others), best audio commentary, DVD Exclusive awards, 2003, for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers; National Board of Review Award (with others), best acting by an ensemble, 2003, Screen Actors Guild Award, outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, Critics Choice Award, best acting ensemble, Broadcast Film Critics Association awards, and Phoenix Film Critics Society Award nomination, best ensemble acting, all with others, 2004, for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.


Film Appearances:

Billy, Samson and Delilah, Channel Four Films/Flamingo Films, 1985.

Ranuccio Thomasoni, Caravaggio, British Film Institute/Cinevista, 1986.

Brendan, Stormy Monday, Channel Four Films, 1988.

German soldier, War Requiem, Anglo-International Films/Tara Releasing, 1989.

Larry Frisk, How to Get Ahead in Advertising, Warner Bros., 1989.

Anton van Heerden, Windprints, 1990.

Tadgh McCabe, The Field, Avenue Entertainment, 1990.

Sean Miller, Patriot Games, Paramount, 1992.

Farmer Grey, Black Beauty, Warner Bros., 1994.

Narrator, Trouble on the Terraces (documentary), Castle Vision, 1994.

Venning, Shopping, New Horizons Productions, 1994.

Two Men and a Football, 1994.

Alec Trevelyan (Agent 006) and Janus, GoldenEye (also known as Bond 17, Golden Eye, and James Bond 007—GoldenEye), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1995.

Jimmy Muir, When Saturday Comes, 1996.

Count Vronsky, Anna Karenina (also known as Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" and Anna Karenine), Warner Bros., 1997.

Spence, Ronin, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1998.

Andy McNab, Bravo Two Zero (also known as Andy McNab's "Bravo Two Zero"), Miramax, 1999.

Jason Locke, Essex Boys, Pathe/Miramax, 2000.

Boromir, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (also known as The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: The Motion Picture, A Gyrueruek ura: A gyuerue szoevetsege, Der Herr der Ringe: Die Gefaehrten, El senor de los anillos: La comunidad del anillo, El senyor dels anells: La comunitat de l'anell, El senyor dels anells: La germandat de l'anell, Hringadrottinssaga: Foeruneyti hringsins, Il signore degli anelli—La compagnia dell'anello, Le seigneur des anneaux—La communaute de l'anneau, O senhor dos aneis—A irmandade do anel, O senhor dos aneis: A sociedade do anel, Pan prstenu: Spolecenstvo prstenu, Ringenes herre: Eventyret om ringen, Ringenes herre: Ringens brorskap, Sagan om ringen: Haerskarringen, Sormuste isand: Sormuse vennaskond, Stapinul inelelor: Fratia inelului, Tara sormusten herrasta—Sormuksen ritarit, and Wladca pierscieni: Druzyna pierscienia), New Line Cinema, 2001.

Partridge, Equilibrium (also known as Cubic and Librium), Miramax/Dimension Films, 2001.

Patrick B. Koster, Don't Say a Word (also known as Sound of Silence), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001.

Boromir, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (also known as The Two Towers, Banjieui jewang du jaeeui tam, Bechdebis mbrdzanebeli, Der Herr der Ringe: Die zwei Tuerme, El senor de los anillos: Las dos torres, El senyor dels anells: Les dues torres, Hringadrottinssaga: Tveggja turna tal, Il signore degli anelli—Le due torri, Le seigneur des anneaux—Les deux tours, O senhor dos aneis: As duas torres, Ringenes herre: De to taarne, Ringenes herre: To taarn, Sagan om ringen: Sagan om de tvaa tornen, Sormuste isand: Kaks kantsi, Stapanul inelelor: Cele doua turnuri, Tara sormusten herrasta—Kaksi tornia, and Wladca pierscieni: Dwie wieze), New Line Cinema, 2002.

Paul Sheppard, Tom & Thomas, Buena Vista, 2002.

Boromir, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (also known as The Return of the King, A Gyrueruek ura: A kiraly viszater, Der Herr der Ringe: Die Rueckkehr des Koenigs, El senor de los anillos: El retorno del rey, El senyor dels anells: El retorn del rei, Gospodar prstanov: Vrnitev kralja, Hringadrottinssaga: Hilmir snyr heim, Il signore degli anelli—Il ritorno del re, Le seigneur des anneaux—Le retour du roi, O senhor dos aneis: O retorno do rei, Pan prstenu: Navrat krale, Ringenes herre: Atter en konge, Ringenes herre: Kongen vender tilbage, Sagan om ringen: Sagan om konungens aaterkomst, Sormuste isand: Kuninga tagsitulek, Tara sormusten herrasta—Kuninkaan paluu, and Wladca pierscieni: Powrot krola), New Line Cinema, 2003.

Cowboy, The Big Empty, Artisan Entertainment, 2003.

Narrator, England's Story (documentary), 2003.

Ian Howe, National Treasure (also known as Sonomo), Buena Vista, 2004.

Odysseus, Troy (also known as Untitled "The Iliad" Project, Troia, Troie, Troija, Troja, Trooja, and Troya), Warner Bros., 2004.

Captain Rich, Flightplan (also known as Flight plan and High jinx at thirty thousand feet), Buena Vista, 2005.

Kyle, North Country (also known as Class Action and Untitled Niki Caro Project), Warner Bros., 2005.

Merrick, The Island, Warner Bros., 2005.

James, The Dark, Momentum Pictures, 2005, Miramax, 2006.

Christopher Da Silva, Silent Hill (also known as Centralia), TriStar, 2006.

Bryant (some sources cite Chrissy), Outlaw, Pathe/Vertigo Films, 2007.

John Ryder, The Hitcher, Rogue Pictures, 2007.

Loki, Far North, Film Four/The Bureau/Celluloid Films/Dreamachine/Ingenious Film Partners/PJB Picture Company, 2007.

Some sources cite an appearance as Pyke, Root of All Evil (also known as The Cache).

Film Work:

James Bond for actresses' screen tests, The Living Daylights (also known as James Bond 007: The Living Daylights), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1987.

Television Appearances; Series:

Betty, beginning 1986.

Steve, My Kingdom for a Horse, BBC, 1991.

Narrator, Decisive Weapons (documentary), BBC-2, 1997, also broadcast on History Channel.

Narrator, Decisive Weapons 2 (documentary), BBC-2, 1997.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Captain Bolton, Troubles, London Weekend Television, 1988.

Robert Lovelace, Clarissa, BBC, 1991, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, 1992.

Mellors (the gamekeeper), Lady Chatterley, BBC, 1992.

Paul, A Woman's Guide to Adultery, Independent Television (England), 1993.

Lord (also Earl) Richard Fenton, Scarlett, CBS, 1994.

Himself, The Contenders, BBC, 1994.

Voice of the nun's priest, "Leaving London," The Canterbury Tales (animated), BBC and Sianel 4 Cymru (S4C, Wales), 1998, HBO Family, 1999.

Neil Byrne, Extremely Dangerous, Independent Television 4 (England) and BBC America, 1999.

Narrator, Treacherous Places, Channel 5 (England), 2001.

Robert Aske, Henry VIII, Independent Television, CBC, and Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2003, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, 2004.

Narrator, As It Happened—D-Day to Berlin (documentary), BBC and SBS, 2004.

Officer Richard Sharpe, Sharpe's Challenge, Independent Television and BBC America, 2006.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Hooker, Winter Flight (also known as The Big Surprise), [Great Britain], 1984.

Scarred man, Exploits at West Poley, Independent Television (England), produced in 1985, broadcast c. 1990.

Dominic O'Brien, The Fifteen Streets (also known as 15 Streets), World Wide Television and Tyne Tees Television, 1989.

Carver Doone, Lorna Doone, Thames Television, 1990.

Vic, Small Zones, BBC-2, 1990.

Gabriel Lewis, Tell Me That You Love Me, BBC, 1991.

Jack Morgan, Prince, BBC, 1991.

Smith, In the Border Country (also known as The Border Country), Channel 4 (England), 1991.

Micky McAvoy, Fool's Gold: The Story of the Brink's-Mat Robbery (also known as Fool's Gold and Fool's Gold: The Brink's-Mat Story), Independent Television and Arts and Entertainment, 1992.

Himself and Sean Miller, The Secret World of Spying, Arts and Entertainment, 1992.

Esau, Jacob (also known as Jacob: A TNT Bible Story and Die Bibel—Jakob), TNT, 1994.

Dave Toombs, Airborne (also known as L'avion de la terreur), Cinemax, 1998.

Dark, Pride, BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 2004, also broadcast on other channels.

Television Appearances; Movies; as Officer Richard Sharpe:

Sharpe's Eagle, Central Independent Television (England), 1993.

Sharpe's Rifles, Central Independent Television, 1993.

Sharpe's Company, Central Independent Television, 1994.

Sharpe's Enemy, Central Independent Television, 1994.

Sharpe's Honour, Central Independent Television, 1994.

Sharpe's Battle, Carlton Television, 1995.

Sharpe's Gold, Carlton Television, 1995.

Sharpe's Sword, Carlton Television, 1995.

Sharpe's Mission, Carlton Television, 1996.

Sharpe's Regiment, Carlton Television, 1996.

Sharpe's Siege, Carlton Television, 1996.

Sharpe's Justice, Carlton Television, 1997.

Sharpe's Revenge, Carlton Television, 1997.

Sharpe's Waterloo, Carlton Television, 1997.

The Sharpe television movies have been broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Lurch, Punters (also known as Joey and Spansky), BBC, 1984.

Man, Wedded, BBC-2, 1990.

Rod, The Loser (short play), Channel 4 (England), 1990.

Alec Trevelyan (Agent 006), In Search of James Bond with Jonathan Ross (also known as In Search of James Bond), Independent Television, 1995.

Himself, GoldenEye: The Secret Files, Independent Television, 1995.

Narrator, Creatures of the Magic Water, Independent Television, 1996.

Narrator, There's Only One Barry Fry, Independent Television, 1997.

Narrator, The Real Monty, Channel 5 (England), 1998.

Narrator, Where Were You: Passion, Pride & Penalties (also known as Where Were You), BBC, 1998.

Narrator, World Cup Rock 'n' Goal Years, Independent Television (England), 1998.

Narrator, Paradise Blues, Channel 4 (England), 1999.

Himself, A Passage to Middle-earth: Making of "Lord of the Rings," Sci-Fi Channel, 2001.

Himself, Quest for the Ring, Fox, 2001.

(In archive footage) Boromir, Lord of the Piercing, MTV, 2002.

Narrator, World Cup 2002: Beckham for Breakfast, BBC, 2002.

Himself, Making the Movie (also known as Making the Movie: "The Lord of the Rings"), MTV, 2002.

(Uncredited; in archive footage) Sean Miller, Patriot Games: Up Close, 2002.

(In archive footage) Celebrity Naked Ambition, Channel 5 (England), 2003.

Himself, National Treasure Uncovered, [Great Britain], 2004.

(In archive footage) Himself and Boromir, DNZ: The Real Middle Earth, Television New Zealand (TVNZ), 2004.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Sky Sports Soccer 95 Awards, Sky Sports, 1996.

Brit Awards 2007, Independent Television (England) and BBC America, 2007.

Appeared at other awards presentations.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Horace Clark, "Long Odds," The Bill, Thames Television, 1984.

Terry, The Practice, Granada Television, 1986 (multiple episodes).

The prince, "The True Bride," The Storyteller (also known as Jim Henson's "The Storyteller" and The Jim Henson Hour), Channel 4 (England), Television South, and NBC, 1988.

Alex Bailey, "Absolute Conviction," Inspector Morse (also known as Inspector Morse: Absolute Conviction and Inspector Morse, Series Eight), Central Television, 1992, also broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, c. 1995.

Himself, The Morning (also known as This Morning with Richard and Judy), Independent Television (England), 1993, 1996, 2006.

Himself, Fantasy Football League, BBC-2, 1994, 1995.

Himself, GMTV, Independent Television, 1994, 2004.

Himself, Pebble Mill, BBC, 1995, 1996.

Himself, Good Morning Britain, Independent Television, 1996.

Himself, The Late Jonathan Ross, [Great Britain], 1996.

Himself, The Late, Late Show, [Ireland], 1996.

Himself, TFI Friday, Channel 4 (England), 1996, 1997.

Narrator, "Call of the Deep," QED (also known as Q.E.D.), BBC, 1998.

Himself, "Filmen Ronin," Nyhetsmorgon, TV4 Sweden, 1999.

Himself, "Spring," The Vicar of Dibley, BBC, 1999.

Himself, Footy Shorts, Channel 5 (England), 2000.

Himself, "Sagan om Ringen aeventyrets Boerjan," Nyhetsmorgon, TV4 Sweden, 2001.

Himself, Big Breakfast, Channel 4 (England), 2001.

Himself, The Early Show, CBS, 2001.

Himself, The Frank Skinner Show, Independent Television, 2001.

Himself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 2001.

Narrator, "Marie Antoinette," Reputations (also known as Reputations: Marie Antoinette), BBC-2, 2002.

Himself, Celebrity Extra, Living Today, 2002.

Himself, Entertainment Today, [Great Britain], 2002.

Himself, Tinseltown TV (also known as Tinseltown.TV), International Channel, 2003.

Narrator, "Dead or Alive: The Hunt for Bin Laden," CBC Newsworld, CBC, 2005.

(In archive footage) Himself, Corazon de …, Television Espanola (TVE, Spain), 2005.

(In archive footage) Himself, Video on Trial, MuchMusic, 2006.

Himself, HypaSpace (also known as HypaSpace Daily and HypaSpace Weekly), Space, 2006, 2007 (multiple episodes).

Himself, "The Story of … The Vicar of Dibley," The Vicar of Dibley, BBC, 2007.

Himself, eTalk Daily (also known as eTalk and e-Talk Daily), CTV (Canada), 2007.

Appeared in other programs.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Eddie Prey and John Robson, Faceless, Fox, 2006.

Stage Appearances:

(As Shaun Behan) Animal seller, Der Rosenkavalier, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, 1983.

(As Shaun Behan) Journalist, The Last Days of Mankind, Citizens Theatre, 1983.

(As Shaun Behan) Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet, Watermill Theatre, Newbury, England, 1983.

Jonathan, David and Jonathan, Redgrave Theatre, Farnham, England, 1984.

Art, Gone, Young Writers Festival, Royal Court Theatre, Theatre Upstairs, London, 1985.

Estate agent, Stalemate, Young Writers Festival, Royal Court Theatre, Theatre Upstairs, 1985.

Lederer, Deathwatch, Foco Novo Theatre Company, The Young Vic, London, 1985.

Terry, Who Knew Mackenzie?, Young Writers Festival, Royal Court Theatre, Theatre Upstairs, 1985.

Robin Starveling, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1986.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1986, and Tyne Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, 1987.

Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1986, Tyne Theatre, 1987, and Barbican Theatre, London, 1987.

Spencer, The Fair Maid of the West, Royal Shakespeare Company, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1986, The People's Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, 1987, and Mermaid Theatre, London, 1987.

Danny, Killing the Cat, Soho Theatre Company, Royal Court Theatre, Theatre Upstairs, 1990.

Title role, Macbeth, Albery Theatre, London, 2002-2003.

Appeared in other productions, including A Murder Has Been Arranged, Rotherham Civic Theatre; appeared in several productions of Royal Academy of Dramatic Art as well as in productions of the Rotherham College of Arts and Technology; some sources cite an appearance in Richard II.

Radio Appearances:

Reader of excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4, 1987.

Voice of Martin Guerre, The True Story Martin Guerre, BBC Radio 4, 1992.

God for the day, Simon Mayo, BBC Radio One, 1997.

Himself, Drive Time, Capitol Radio, 1997.

Narrator, "A Kind of Loving," Book at Bedtime, BBC Radio 4, 1998.

Narrator, Lyrical Ballads—Wordsworth and Coleridge, BBC Radio 4, 1998.

Narrator, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, BBC Radio 2, 1998.

Performer in a scene from Macbeth, Saturday Review, BBC Radio 4, 2002.

Himself, Neil Warnock's "Christmas Radio Show," BBC Radio Sheffield, 2002.

Himself, The Jonathan Ross Show, BBC Radio 2, 2003.

Narrator, Radio 2's Christmas Chillout, BBC Radio 2, 2005.



Officer Richard Sharpe (title role), Sharpe: The Legend, 1997.

Himself, The Book That Wrote Itself, 1999.

Himself, The Making of "The Lord of the Rings," New Line Home Video, 2002.

Himself, A Day in the Life of a Hobbit (short), Buena Vista Home Video, 2005.

Himself, "National Treasure" on Location (short), Buena Vista Home Video, 2005.

Himself, Cabin Pressure: Designing the Aalto E-474 (short), Buena Vista, 2006.

Himself, Directing Bond: The Martin Chronicles (short; also known as The Martin Chronicles), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2006.

Himself, In-Flight Movie: The Making of "Flightplan" (short), Buena Vista, 2006.

Himself, Path of Darkness: Making "Silent Hill," Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2006.

(In archive footage) Himself, Premiere Bond: Opening Nights (short), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2006.

Himself, The Return of Bond: The Start of Production Press Event (short), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2006.

(In archive footage) Himself, An Island's Legacy: Preparing for TT, Spooks Studio, 2007.


Narrator, Over the Hills and Far Away: The Music of Sharpe, Virgin, 1996.

Music Videos:

Tony Hadley, "Build Me Up," 1996.

Enya, "May It Be," 2001.

Moby, "We Are All Made of Stars," 2002.

Video Games:

(In archive footage) Voice of Boromir, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (also known as O senhor dos aneis: As duas torres), Electronic Arts, 2002.

(In archive footage) Voice of Boromir, The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age, Electronic Arts, 2004.

Voices of Emperor Martin Septim and others, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Bethesda Softworks, 2006.


Bernard Cornwell, Sharpe's Devil, HarperCollins Audio, 1995.

Benedict Flynn, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Naxos Audiobooks, 1997.

Rob Childs, The Big Game, BBC Audiobooks/Cover to Cover Cassettes, 1999.

Childs, The Big Match, BBC Audiobooks/Cover to Cover Cassettes, 1999.

Stanley Matthews, The Way It Was (also known as The Way It Was: The Autobiography), Hodder & Stoughton Audio Books, 2000.



People Weekly, December 11, 1995, p. 121.