Trailer for Fightclub - A History of Violence
Interview with Sean on Xfm Radio, March 2, 2012
Q.E.D. - The Call of the Deep
The World Free-Diving Championships
Narrated by Sean Bean
The Call of the Deep
The World Free-Diving Championships
10th November 1998 BBC 1 (UK)
Part 1, 2 and 3
This advert was for the opening of the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds and was shown on British TV in August 1996
O2 - bus ad
Imperial Cancer ad
Treacherous Places was a 3-part documentary series, that was broadcasted on Channel 5 in the UK examining the natural phenomena that make certain locations the most dangerous places in the natural world.
Using a combination of new footage, re-enactments, personal videos and
eyewitness accounts, this hard-hitting series looks at terrifying dangers including quicksand, avalanches and lahars.
He's long been recognised for his rugged good looks.
But who'd have thought that Sean Bean's blunt Sheffield accent would go on to earn him further stardom? Leading roles in films like Goldeneye an d Lord of the Rings have made the city-born actor an internationally famous face. But today it's not just on the big screen that the former welder is making sparks fly.
Today his dulcet South Yorkshire tones, refined as he grew up in Handsworth now enter into our homes on TV ads for everything from cough medicine to mobile phones. It's true to say that the accent has made his voice one of the most recognisable in ad-land. The former Brook School pupil's appeal has seen him front recent ads for Morrison’s Supermarkets, For O2 mobile company and campaigns for Cancer Research and Barnardo’s. He is also encouraging us to give up a pint or two - blood that is - in a series of radio and television commercials for the National Blood Transfusion Service. “Do something amazing - give blood" he says.
But what is it about Sean's gravelly South Yorkshire tones that makes him such hot property for ad execs?
"Sean has provided the voice over for our previous TV adverts and the feedback from viewers was really good - there was a high level of recognition" says a National Blood Service spokesman. "When we were planning our current adverts we approached him, and were delighted when he agreed to provide the voice-over again."
Blades fan Bean was also chosen by M arks and Spencer to feature in their Christmas ads last year. Sue Sadler, corporate press manager for Marks and Spencer said "Sean was the perfect choice for us because he's a well respected and well-loved British celebrity. One the one hand he's a glamorous film star, but he also has an image as a man of the people which resonates with our customers".
Phone company 02 said it was the Sheffield sex-symbol's unique voice that persuaded them to pick him. A spokesperson said, "We wanted someone with a calming and different voice and Sean fitted the bill. It also helped that he's got a recognisable voice that people are familar with"
Marketing guru Shirley Harris, director of PR Company Diva Creative said, "A lot of thought goes into which celebrity is right to advertise a product. Sean Bean has a good voice for ads because people relate to it and trust it, and as well as that he has the star quality that people aspire to."
Extracts of narrations and book readings. Thank to all people for sharing audio files, but mostly Janice and Bladeswench. These are only small extracts, just to give you an impression and - of course - enjoy the sound of Sean's voice.
The MP3 file for the voice over for combat stress. It is apparently going to be shown before the film "In the Valley of Elah" This is for helping soldiers suffering from combat stress.
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
Saturday night, Sunday Morning.
A Kind Of Loving
The Big Match
Chill Out Christmas Story
There is a transcript of the Chill Out Story on Trivia, thanks to Moonlustie : here
Once Upon A Time In Iran
Pride - extract
The Sharpe Ouverture, Sean reciting "Over the Hills"
The Way It Was
Trouble on the Terraces
Outlaw Trailer and Interview : Outlaw
The Hitcher Trailer and "Behind the scenes:" vids : The Hitcher
Anna Rosa gave me kind permission to display her wonderful You Tube vids : here
My YouTube vids : here
You'll find a great collection of downloadble video and audio on the TMB Forum, but you will have to become a member for that !