Shaun Mark Bean (born April 17, 1959), known professionally as Sean Bean is an English stage and screen actor who portrayed rogue MI6 spy Alec Trevelyan in GoldenEye. He recently played as Martin Odum in the TNT's short-lived series Legends.

He is also known for his many other film and television roles such as Richard Sharpe in the ITV drama series Sharpe and Boromir in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.


  • Sean had previously auditioned for the role of James Bond in 1994, but it went to Pierce Brosnan who had been the ideal choice for quite sometime. However, impressed by his acting skills, the directors cast him as a villain who was Bond's former friend and fellow agent.
  • Both Bean and Daniel Craig appeared in Sharpe. Bean played the titular protagonist in all the films, whilst Craig played an antagonist, Lieutenant John Berry, in the second film, Sharpe's Eagle.
  • Because Sean mainly played villains in most of his films who died in gruesome ways with Alec Trevelyan being one of them, fans organised a campaign and made a website called Don't Kill Sean with the description: "Sean Bean dies in everything, which is a shame because he is awesome. This blog is dedicated to ending the untimely deaths of Sean's characters in television and film. Help us save Sean Bean!" During an interview with talk show host Larry King, Sean laughed at the website description and was pleased that he had so many fans.
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