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Man of the Year Award 2002

Sean Bean

Sean Bean was born and raised in the steel town of Sheffield South Yorkshire. He left school at 16 and discovered a love and talent for acting with studying at nearby Rotherham College.

Abandoning a career in his fathers welding firm to accept at place at the highly prestigious RADA. Although his first film was titled Winter Flight he first came to prominence when he starred opposite Joely Richardson the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave in the BBC’s steamy adaptation of D.H Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Another successful television role ensued as Bean starred s the Napoleonic hero Sharpe.

Big screen success beckoned and Sean successfully carved a niche for himself as the ruthless baddie, the IRA terrorist in Patriot Games, a bitter double agent in GoldenEye, a weapons expert euro- thriller Ronin. Bean briefly returned to small screen for the television adaptation of Andy McNab’s cult Gulf War novel Bravo Two Zero. Sean’s most recent success has been in the role of Boromir in the Peter Jackson’s phenomenally successful “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy.

Sean is fiercely proud of his Yorkshire heritage, religiously following his home team Sheffield United and receiving an honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University in November 1997.

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