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SEAN BEAN (Merrick) has enjoyed success on the stage and screen, both in the U.S. and in his native England. He recently portrayed the fallen hero Boromir in Peter Jackson's multiple Oscar®-winning "The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, first appearing in "The Fellowship of the Ring,” and reprising his role in "The Two Towers” and "The Return of the King.” Bean was among the main cast honored with Screen Actors Guild, Critics' Choice, and National Board of Review Awards for Best Ensemble for the final installment, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

In 2004, Bean starred in Jon Turteltaub's hit action adventure "National Treasure,” and played the legendary Odysseus in Wolfgang Petersen's epic "Troy.” Following "The Island,” Bean stars in two more films due out later this year: the thriller "Flightplan,” with Jodie Foster, and the horror thriller "The Dark.” His upcoming films also include an as-yet-untitled drama for director Niki Caro, in which he stars with Charlize Theron, and the horror thriller "Silent Hill.”

A classically trained actor, Bean graduated with honors from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He later became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and also appeared in a number of plays in London's West End and at the Glasgow Citizen Theatre. Segueing to film and television, he won critical acclaim with his breakout role in Jim Sheridan's 1990 drama "The Field,” opposite Richard Harris. In 1992, he starred as a terrorist seeking vengeance for the death of his brother, squaring off with Harrison Ford in "Patriot Games.”

The following year, Bean took on what would become one of his signature roles when he was cast as author Bernard Cornwall's beloved hero of the Napoleonic Wars, Richard Sharpe, in the television movie "Sharpe's Rifles.” Like the novel upon which it was based, the 1993 telefilm proved so popular that it spawned 14 sequels between 1994 and 1997 and gave Bean an international fan following.

He continued to work in feature films, and includes among his additional credits the James Bond actioner "GoldenEye,” "Anna Karenina,” "Ronin,” "Essex Boys,” "Tom & Thomas,” "Equilibrium” and "The Big Empty.”

In 2002, Bean made a triumphant return to the stage for the first time in more than a decade, receiving rave reviews for his performance in the title role of Shakespeare's "Macbeth” in London's West End.


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