Date of Birth : Apr 17th 1959
During the late 80s and early 90s he became an established actor on British television. He had notable performances in the BBC productions Clarissa and Lady Chatterley. His role in the latter became infamous for the sex scenes between him and Joely Richardson. In 1990 Bean co-starred with Richard Harris in Jim Sheridan’s adaption of the John. B. Keane play, The Field. His first notable Hollywood appearance was as an Irish republican terrorist in the 1992 film adaptation of Patriot Games.
Later roles gave more scope for his acting abilities. He became the repentant Grammaton cleric who gives in to his emotions in Equilibrium in 2002, a quirky alien cowboy in 2003’s The Big Empty, a sympathetic and cunning Odysseus in the 2004 film Troy, a villainous treasure hunter Ian Howe in National Treasure, a villainous scientist in The Island (2005) and a sympathetic soul in North Country (2005) , in which Bean converted his naturally heavy Sheffield accent into that of Minnesota slang, and a dedicated father in Silent Hill.
He was cameoed with a myriad of other Hollywood stars in Moby’s music video We Are All Made of Stars in February 2002. In the same year he returned to the stage in London performing in Macbeth alongside Samantha Bond. Due to popular demand, the production would run until March 2003.
Sean’s high profile and recognisable voice has created a number of opportunities for doing voice over work, especially in the British advertising industry. He has featured in television adverts for O2, Morrisons and Barnardos as well as for Acuvue and the Sci-Fi Channel in the United States. He also does the voice over for the National Blood Service’s television and radio campaign. He also voiced Martin Septim in the Role Playing video game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.