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Sean Bean stars in "Missing" on ABC as Paul Winstone.

Bean has just completed filming "Cleanskin," in which he plays a secret service agent faced with the task of pursuing and eliminating a suicide bomber and his terrorist cell. The film stars Charlotte Rampling, James Fox, Abhin Galeya, Tuppence Middleton and Michelle Ryan, and was written, produced and directed by Hadi Hajaig. He will also reprise his role as Christopher Da SIlva in the upcoming "Silent Hill" film sequel, "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D."

A charismatic screen presence who proved equally effective in romantic leads and as a villain, actor Sean Bean carved his path through the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before making a name for himself on British television and in American films. He most recently starred in the successful HBO series "Game of Thrones," portraying the part of Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark in the first season, and NBC's "Crusoe" as James Crusoe.

After spending the latter half of the 1980s making smaller films, Bean made his U.S. feature debut as a vengeance-minded IRA terrorist in the hit spy thriller, "Patriot Games," which opened the doors for the actor to play a wide range of bad guys. The following year, he was featured as a tough 19th Century British officer in the long-running made-for-television movie series, "Sharpe." He also starred as a former 00 agent-turned-traitor in "Golden Eye," before playing an inexperienced spy in the thriller "Ronin," opposite Robert De Niro. But it was his supporting turn as the proud warrior, Boromir, in "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" that exposed Bean to his biggest audience and turned him into a widely-recognized figure. From there, he had supporting roles in the large scale features like "Troy" and "The Island," while offering compelling turns in smaller movies such as "North Country" and "The Hitcher," displaying a versatility that separates Bean from his contemporaries.

Born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, Bean was raised in Handsworth by his father, Brian, a welder and steel factory owner, his mother, Rita, a secretary. Having dropped out of school at age 16, he worked a variety of odd jobs before deciding to enroll at the Rotterham College of Arts and Technology. But he left to briefly attend the Granville College of Education in 1979, only to return to Rotterham where he eventually discovered acting, performing in such shows as "Cabaret" and "The Owl and the Pussycat." Deciding to pursue acting as a career, he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art on scholarship to further hone his craft.

After graduation from RADA in 1983 with a Silver Medal for his performance in "Waiting for Godot," Bean made his professional stage debut — then billed as Shaun Behan — as Tybalt in a production of "Romeo and Juliet" at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury. Following his British television debut in "Winter Flight," he spent a season on stage with the Young Writers Festival before joining the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company, where he acted in repertory, playing Romeo to Niamh Cusack's Juliet.

Bean made his feature debut in Derek Jarman's film, "Caravaggio," playing a man involved in a love triangle with the famed Baroque painter (Nigel Terry) and his other lover (Tilda Swinton). He reunited with the director on "War Requiem," a docudrama detailing the experiences of a soldier fighting in World War I. Bean had his first notable film role as an Irishman who becomes involved with the shady characters in the moody, jazz-influenced "Stormy Monday," directed by Mike Figgis. He shone as Richard Harris' repressed son in "The Field," while proving himself to be an effective villain in the Thames Television production "Lorna Doone." Turning to romantic leads, Bean delivered a fine portrayal of the vile Robert Lovelace in the adaptation of Samuel Richardson's "Clarissa," before managing to bed Joely Richardson in a steamy adaptation of D.H. Lawrence renamed "Lady Chatterly."

Back on British television, Bean starred in the four-part series, "Extremely Dangerous," playing a former MI5 agent who goes on the run to clear his name after being accused of brutally killing his wife and child. He next garnered praise for his portrayal of real-life British soldier Andy McNab, who led a secret mission during the Persian Gulf War in the British television drama "Bravo Two Zero." He returned to villainy as a wife-beating ex-con in "Essex Boys" and a malevolent kidnapper-jewel thief in "Don't Say a Word."

After roles in the futuristic thriller "Equilibrium" and the off-kilter comedy "The Big Empty," Bean returned to epic-style filmmaking when he played the legendary Greek hero Odysseus in "Troy," starring Brad Pitt as the hero Achilles. He followed this with a turn as Nicolas Cage's villainous rival in "National Treasure"; played yet another villain in the sci-fi thriller "The Island," from Michael Bay; had a supporting role as the captain of an airline flight in "Flightplan," with Jodie Foster; and shifted gears to show warm charm in the drama "North Country," as the protective husband of a female miner (Frances McDormand). In "Silent Hill" Bean played the husband of a desperate mother (Radha Mitchell). He followed this up with strong performances in thrillers like "Outlaw" and "The Hitcher." In 2009 he appeared in the three-part British series "Red Riding," and in 2010 played Zeus in "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief."


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Age: 57 years old
Birthday: April 17, 1959
Height: 5' 10"
Full Name / Real Name: Shaun Mark Bean
Birthplace: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK
Wife: Georgina Sutcliffe (2/19/2008 - 12/21/2010, divorced)
Abigail Cruttenden (11/22/1997 - July 2000, divorced, 1 child)
Melanie Hill (2/27/1990 - August 1997, divorced, 2 children)
Debra James (4/11/1981 - 1988, divorced)

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