Sean auditioned to attend RADA in April 1980.

He was accepted, and enrolled in the January 1981 (Spring) term at the school. He attended RADA until April 1983 (the end of the Spring 1983 term), when he graduated with an Honours Diploma and three prizes: the Silver Medal (2nd highest award after the Gold Bancroft Medal), the Ware Prize, and the Crean Prize (Figar Prize).



Sean Bean played Macbeth at the Albery Theatre, London in 2002, returning to the stage after an absence of thirteen years. The limited run was extended to March 2003 due to popular demand.

A member of the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre early in his career, Sean Bean was part of the Royal Shakespeare Company during the 1986-87 season and played the following roles:

Sean’s Career with the Royal Shakespeare Company


Romeo in Romeo and Juliet,  RST/Tyne Theatre, Newcastle Barbican


Robin Starveling in a Midsummer Night’s Dream, RST/Tyne Theatre, Newcastle


Spencer in the Fair Maid of the West, Swan People's Theatre, Newcastle Mermaid Theatre, London 





Sean's debt to Glasgow
SEAN BEAN in new movie The Dark
APPEARING at Glasgow's Citizens' Theatre in 1984

By Andy Dougan

IT'S been quite a year for actor Sean Bean, with major roles in major films such as The Island, North Country, and Flightplan.

But he admits that he owes a lot of his status as one of Hollywood's favourite Brits to Glasgow, specifically the Citizens' Theatre. His spell at The Citz was his first professional job and it is an experience he still looks back on with fondness.

"I enjoyed my time there I worked with a lot of good actors, Ciaran Hinds, Gary Oldman, Lorcan Cranitch," Bean recalls. "It was about 1983/84 and it was a hot summer in the Gorbals.

"They had a great backstage bar with a pool table and a little telly. You'd go in even if you weren't working, it was like a youth club with beer on tap."

Bean is taking a break from Hollywood with his latest film The Dark, which is a British film set in Wales but shot on the Isle of Man.

"My character goes to live in Wales to start a new life. He's an artist so he just wants some space and time for himself," he says. "His wife comes over to see him and there's a bit of a reunion in some way and then there's an awful tragedy which happens quite early on in the film.

"I don't know how much to say before I give the plot away," he says, "but something bad happens. It's got that general feeling around the film, the themes of evil and darkness. I think it's quite chilling.

"It's very haunted with a lot of ghosts. Weird things happen with sheep," he adds with a smile.

That may not be the most ringing endorsement any film has ever had but Bean reckons if The Dark has the same effect on audience that it had on him then it's a winner.

"This was always something I really enjoyed when I first read it because I thought it was really scary," he says. "I started reading it round six at night and as it got towards the end I was going to read it in bed, but I thought I better read the next bit tomorrow morning.

"It was getting really scary at one point, really weird. I didn't want to go to sleep with those images in my head," he laughs.

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