Sean Bean is one actor we have all come to adore. He has won many hearts over with his portrayal in many epic TV shows and films from Ned Stark in Game of Thrones to Boromir in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–03). He played critically acclaimed roles in films like Troy, James Bond’s Patriot Games, Ronin, National Treasure, GoldenEye, and many others. We take you through the British actor’s illustrious career and touch on aspects of his personal life every fan is always curious about.
Sean Bean Biography
It may surprise many to learn that Sean Bean isn’t actually his real name but a modification he chose to suit his acting career. His parents Brian K. Bean and Rita Bean (née Tuckwood) named him Shaun Mark Bean when he was born to them on the 17th of April 1959 in Handsworth, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. Sean grew up alongside his younger sister, Lorraine.
His family became wealthy thanks to his father’s fabricating business which grew to a workforce of over 50. Sean has aspired to join the family business but destiny had other plans up her sleeves. A lifelong Sheffield United fan, Sean Bean had also considered becoming a footballer but his footballing dreams were truncated when he became unable to walk for a period due to a leg injury. He sustained the injury when he smashed a glass door out of anger during an argument.
Sean Bean attended Brook Comprehensive School graduating in 1975 with O levels in Art and English. He then attended Rotherham College of Arts and Technology where he studied welding with hopes of working in his father’s company. However, Bean discovered his passion for arts at the college and soon switched to studying drama. He acted in a number of school plays and ultimately earned a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he attended from 1981 to 1983.
Sean Bean began his movie career in 1983 shortly after graduating from RADA. He started in the theater making his professional debut playing the character of Tyler in Romeo and Juliet at the Watermill Theatre. Bean would go on to act in a number of West End stage productions. Subsequently, he began appearing in screen work gaining his first national recognition from appearing in a commercial for a non-alcoholic lager.
Sean Bean made his film debut in Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio (1986) and quickly garnered traction. He became a staple of British TV by the 90s. Bean gained mainstream success for scooping the role of Richard Sharpe in the ITV series Sharpe. In the film, he gained further prominence playing the role of Boromir in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. As part of the LOTR cast, Sean Bean won his first award, a Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast. He got a SAG award for the third installment of the film.
The actor became popular in Hollywood for playing villains. Sean Bean became known for playing characters that would end up dead. He played the lead role of Ned Stark in the first season of Game of Thrones. His recent TV shows have come to include; Legends, and The Oath. Bean earned an international Emmy for his role in the 2012 movie, Accused.
Spouse – Ashley Moore
Sean Bean tied the knot for the fifth time on Friday 30 June 2017 to Ashley Moore.
After divorcing his fourth wife, actress Georgina Sutcliffe in 2011, Bean stated that he had given up on marriage and would never consider tying the knot ever again. Thus, when he married Moore in 2017, the media couldn’t help but inquire about what had changed his mind. Bean wore his heart on his sleeves as he confessed to giving up on marriage because he never thought it possible that he would ever meet “someone as amazing as Ashley.”
The couple met in New York City in 2012 and began their romance shortly afterward. They kept their relationship largely private and by December 2014, they were engaged.
Ashley was born in 1985 making her 26 years younger than her husband Sean. Unlike most of Bean’s previous spouses, Ashley Moore is not an actress, thus not much information about her is available for public consumption. It is, however, a confirmed fact that she previously worked as a nanny.
Bean’s first marriage in 1981 was to his secondary school sweetheart, Debra James. They divorced in 1988. He was married to actress Melanie Hill from 1990 to 1997 and actress Abigail Cruttenden from 1997 to 2000. Sean Bean has three children from his previous marriages.
Sean Bean Net Worth
Sean Bean has been very successful in his movie career with a resume that can give many actors the run for their money. Paychecks from his film roles and endorsement deals are the major sources of his wealth. His net worth has been estimated at $20 million.