- Dropped out of school at 16 and spent some time working at his father's welding business.
- Attended art school for two years before deciding he wanted to be an actor.
- Joined the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company in 1986, playing the title role in the company's production of Romeo and Juliet.
- Rose to fame in England portraying Lt. Richard Sharpe in a series of made-for-TV historical dramas.
- Breakthrough Hollywood role was terrorist Sean Miller in 1992's Patriot Games.
- International profile was raised by Peter Jackson's fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), in which he played the treacherous Boromir.
- 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
- 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Winner
- Georgina Suttcliffe — Ex-wife
- Abigail Cruttenden — Ex-wife
- Debra Anderson — Ex-wife
- Brian Bean — Father
- Rita Bean — Mother
- Melanie Hill — Ex-wife
- Evie Natasha Bean — Daughter
- Molly Bean — Daughter
- Lorna Bean — Daughter
- Lorraine Bean — Sister
- Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, England
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- Birth Name: Shaun Mark Bean
- Birth Place: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
- Birthday: April 17, 1959, Aries
- Profession: Actor
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