Broken's Sean Bean
Tea Time Tidbit for the week of October 1, 2018
I hope you’ve been enjoying the new Thursday night drama series Broken, which stars Sean Bean as a troubled Roman Catholic priest in the north of England. It’s a role for which the actor won a well-deserved Best Actor award earlier this year.
Bean – as you’ve probably guessed from his thick Yorkshire dialects – is from ‘up north’, having grown up in the Handworth area of Sheffield. Despite finding fame and fortune in films such as National Treasure, Patriot Games and Lord of the Rings and numerous television series, including the blockbuster hit Game of Thrones, Bean still keeps close ties to his home town. The actor’s support of one of Sheffield’s two soccer teams, Sheffield United, for instance, is legendary.
In When Saturday Comes
Since he was a child, Bean, who is now 59, has been one of Sheffield United’s biggest fans. He even has a tattoo on his left shoulder that reads “100% Blade” – the Blades being the team’s nickname. In 1996, what was probably Bean’s dream role, came about when he starred in the film, When Saturday Comes, “the story of a factory worker plucked from obscurity to become a goal scoring hero for Sheffield United”. In it, Bean got to go onto the soccer pitch at half-time during a real game and take penalties.
In When Saturday Comes
As Bean recalled in an interview, “My dad, my grandad, my nephew and all my mates were there on the Kop [the area in the stands where Blades supporters stand] and they were singing 'Beano, Beano!'. It was the most terrifying thing I've ever done but also the most exhilarating. I didn't want to get off.”
In Game of Thrones
“The real teams – Sheffield United and Man United – wanted to come on after half-time and I was saying, 'hang on, let me just take one more penalty!' The ref was like, 'come on, we've got to get on with the game!' I came off the pitch and I couldn't come back down to earth. And that was just pretending to be a footballer, so imagine what it's like being a real one.”
As well as supporting his team from the stands, Bean was on their Board of Directors from 2002 to 2007 and committed to helping fund them with a six figure infusion of cash out of his own pocket.
You can see Bean in episode 5 of Broken, Thursday, October 4th at 9pm.
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