THE MIGHTY BEAN

 

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Full transcript of the degree oration for Sean Bean

The University of Sheffield
Degree Congregation, 20 July 2007
SEAN BEAN

Vice-Chancellor,

`Elizabeth Hurley gave him her heart. Harrison Ford gave him a scar. And Sheffield gave him his accent´. Such headlines often stand above articles chronicling the numerous achievements of one of Britain´s best-loved and most acclaimed actors, Sean Bean.

Of course, Sheffield did not just give him his accent, but a lifelong passion for Sheffield United. The oft-noted tattoo on his left bicep proclaiming he is `100% Blade´ (recently joined by SUFC on his wrist), his membership of the Board since 2002, and his famous declaration that `to score a goal for United would be better than sex´ all testify to his devotion to a club that he even tried to prevent from being unfairly relegated to the Championship by leading a delegation to Parliament last month.

A sense of the depth of this passion can be gauged by the fact that he once stated that the worst thing that anybody had ever said to him was: `Do you support Sheffield Wednesday?´

Sean Bean was born in Handsworth. After leaving school at the age of sixteen, he went to work as an apprentice welder at his father´s steel fabrication workshop, but he soon discovered acting at Rotherham College of Art and Technology, where he had begun a Fine Arts Foundation course. He had first been awoken to the thrill of theatre by seeing Trevor Nunn´s groundbreaking production of Macbeth (which starred Ian McKellen and Judi Dench), where the entire action took place within a circle etched onto the floor of The Other Place.

Roles in Arsenic and Old Lace, Cabaret and The Owl and the Pussycat quickly followed at the College, and his talent and aptitude earned him one of only 30 scholarships out of a field of over 11,000 applicants to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. At RADA he continued to flourish and was awarded a silver medal for his graduation performance of Pozzo in Waiting for Godot in 1983.

Although now an international film star, Sean Bean followed the pattern of so many of Britain´s finest performers by receiving his earliest professional experience in repertory theatre, making his debut as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet at Newbury´s Watermill Theatre. He was then invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company for the 1986-7 season and performed in Fair Maid of the West, A Midsummer Night´s Dream and this time as the lead in Romeo and Juliet.

During the 1990s he made his first major breakthrough as the eponymous 19th-century soldier Richard Sharpe in the massively popular television series Sharpe (adapted from Bernard Cornwell´s Peninsular War novels). He then furthered his growing reputation by appearing in dramatisations of classic novels such as Clarissa, Lady Chatterley´s Lover (in which the tattoo was airbrushed out of the nude scenes) and Anna Karenina, earning particular acclaim as Count Vronsky in the latter. And in 1999 he showed his versatility by playing a much more contemporary hero, Sgt. Andy McNab, in Bravo Two Zero (the story of the SAS´s ill-fated mission to Iraq in the Gulf War).

Sean Bean is now perhaps best known for his roles in blockbuster Hollywood films. His most recent ones include National Treasure (opposite Nicolas Cage), Troy (playing the cunning Odysseus alongside Brad Pitt and Peter O´Toole), Flightplan (with Jodie Foster) and the supernatural horror based on a popular video game, Silent Hill. He also played one of the best ever James Bond villains in GoldenEye, as Alec Trevelyan, double agent 006, and Harrison Ford´s terrorist enemy in Patriot Games (which earned him his scar when Ford hit him above the left eye with a boat-hook in the final fight sequence). However, it is his role as the warrior Boromir in the multi-Oscar winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy which has brought him truly international recognition, and cemented his reputation as one Britain´s finest character actors.

Vice-Chancellor, I should also mention his role in When Saturday Comes, when the character he played scores the winning goal for Sheffield United in the Cup Final – a rare excursion into fantasy.

In 2002, Sean Bean returned to the stage as Macbeth at the Albery Theatre in the West End, a role he had long coveted. The production was critically acclaimed and proved so popular that the run was extended – the first occasion in recent times that a Shakespeare play has been extended in the West End.

Sean Bean is a household name in the UK – he was voted the UK´s most attractive man by Hello readers in 2006 – and is known the world over, yet he is still fiercely proud of his Sheffield roots and has never lost touch with them. He is much in demand for voiceover work, having appeared in notable adverts for blood donors (`This woman is about to save someone´s life: yesterday she gave blood´), O2, Morrisons and Barbican alcohol-free lager (something he does not mention on the Kop at Bramall Lane). Earlier this year he narrated a new medical DVD which will help hundreds of patients at the Northern General Hospital who are preparing for hip and knee replacement surgery. In 1998 he officially opened the Osteoporosis Centre at the Northern General Hospital, where his grandmother Ann acted as a volunteer for clinical trials researching bone disease. He is now a patron of the National Osteoporosis Society.

A connoisseur of art, a knowledgeable gardener and a long-standing supporter of charitable causes – Sean Bean boasts a wide array of interests to add to his love of football. He is, Vice-Chancellor, cast in the mould of Francis Bacon´s "wise man", `who makes more opportunities than he finds´.

We honour today one of the most talented British actors of his generation, admired for his versatility on stage and screen and for his relentless commitment to quality.

Vice-Chancellor, I present Sean Bean as eminently worthy to receive the degree of Doctor of Letters honoris causa.

 

Thanks to Tanserke, who got it from a Sheffield friend.


 

Honorary Doctor of Letters, Sean Bean with the Chancellor, Sir Peter Middleton

 

 

Sheffield's favourite son, actor Sean Bean, returned to the city, to receive an honorary degree in recognition of his achievements as an actor, and his ongoing commitment to the city of Sheffield.

"It´s a great honour to be given this degree by the University of Sheffield, especially in my home city," said a cheerful Sean after his ceremony, surrounded by family, including his elderly grandmother. "The fact it's here in Sheffield means more to me than anywhere else – it's far better than Cambridge or somewhere, isn't it?!"

The now Doctor of Letters was full of praise for the ceremony and the work of University staff and students. "The ceremony was very good, a very interesting experience and a wonderful occasion, with all my family and friends there," said Sean. "It was a great oration and I feel very privileged to be here amongst all the other graduates, who gave me an excellent reception and have got their degrees the hard way!"

And Sean wasn't the only person to don robes and receive an honorary doctorate from the University this year. The 97th Archbishop of York, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu joined the other graduates to receive the title of Doctor of Letters, while several former members of staff were honoured for their various achievements and successes. Among them was Linda Morewood, a member of staff at the University for 28 years. Among her many achievements, Linda's most recent work was organising the extremely successful Centenary programme, which included, among other highlights, a prestigious lecture series and a Party in the Park. Describing her honorary degree, Linda said she was "thrilled and very honoured".

 


 

 

'Special' honour for city's famous son

 

HOLLYWOOD film star Sean Bean returned to his home city yesterday to receive an honorary degree from Sheffield University.
The honour recognised both his achievements as an actor and his commitment to the city.

Mr Bean said: "It was a great occasion and I feel very privileged to be here amongst all the other graduates, who have done it the hard way. The fact it's here in Sheffield means more to me than anywhere else – it's better than Cambridge, isn't it?

"When I were a 15-year-old lad at Brook school, I never expected that one day I'd be here receiving this degree. It makes life extra special."

The 48-year-old was set to become a welder at his father's workshop in Sheffield before discovering acting while studying art at Rotherham College. He went on to win a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before making his professional debut as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet.

Just a few hours before receiving his Doctor of Letters, he attended a tree planting at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital to back an appeal to raise money for a new leukaemia and blood disorders ward.
 

 

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Handsworth lad's second degree By Staff Copy Sean Bean has achieved a new degree of fame - after being awarded a second honorary doctorate by his home city.

The Handsworth-born hero has become one of only a handful of people to be given the accolade by both city universities. Sean was at the University of Sheffield’s Octagon centre to be made a Doctor of Letters, taking time out from his busy acting schedule. Sean was praised not only for his success on the big and small screens but also for his continuing commitment to Sheffield.

The “100 per cent Blade” has most recently hit the headlines for spearheading the campaign to overturn Sheffield United’s relegation from the Premiership. The audience heard how Sean was set to take on a job as a welder before he discovered acting on a college arts course. Sean received an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam in 1997 - and showed his gratitude by later voicing a series of radio commercials for the university.

Source : http://www.thestar.co.uk/template/ViewArticle.aspx?SectionID=58&articleid=3049817

 

From the Sheffield University website.Click to enlarge.

University honours local lad Sean 20 July 2007 Sheffield actor Sean Bean returned to the city today, to receive an honorary degree from the University of Sheffield. His achievements as an actor, and his ongoing commitment to the city of Sheffield, were recognised in front of a degree congregation which contained several members of his Sheffield-based family.

"It´s a great honour to be given this degree by the University of Sheffield, especially in my home city," said Sean. "The fact it´s here in Sheffield means more to me than anywhere else." The now Doctor of Letters enjoyed his moment of academic glory, taking to the stage to collect his degree from Chancellor Sir Peter Middleton. "The ceremony was very good, a very interesting experience and a wonderful occasion, with all my family and friends there," said Sean. "It was a great oration and I feel very privileged to be here amongst all the other graduates, who gave me an excellent reception and have got their degrees the hard way!"

One of Britain´s best-loved and most in-demand actors, Sean was set to become a welder at his father´s workshop in Sheffield before discovering acting while attending an art course at Rotherham College. He went on to win a scholarship to study at RADA before making his professional debut as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. Receiving an honorary degree from the University was something that Sean says he never expected as a child growing up in the Handsworth area of Sheffield, adding that receiving the degree "makes his life extra special".

Since his debut, Sean has become best known in the UK for his role as Richard Sharpe in the television adaptations of the Bernard Cornwell novels. He achieved worldwide fame for his roles in big-budget movies Troy, Goldeneye and as Boromir in Lord of the Rings. But, despite spending a large amount of time away filming on location, Sean clearly enjoys coming back to Sheffield from his home in North London. He opened the Osteoporosis Centre at Sheffield´s Northern General Hospital in 1998 and has been a lifelong supporter of Sheffield United Football Club, joining the Board of Directors in 2002.

He even reckons that the doomed Tinsley Cooling Towers should be painted red, black and white, in tribute to the club. He said: "I try to get back to Sheffield as I often as I can. I like to get back; it´s healthy and good for the mind. This city raised me and I´m very proud of that. It´s a cliché, but true, it´s keeps your feet on the ground."

"Sheffield will always have a special place in my heart," he added. And judging by the hordes of fans who gathered to watch Sean´s photo call outside the University, he will always have a special place in Sheffield´s heart.

http://www.shef.ac.uk/mediacentre/seanbean.html More pictures capped from local TV, thanks to liars_dance

   

 

Sean Bean a double Don Valley Don
 

Tough guy actor Sean Bean returned to his South Yorkshire roots on Friday to give his backing to a local hospital appeal and receive an honorary degree. Bean, who starred in The Lord Of The Rings, launched the Sheffield Leukaemia and Blood Disorders Appeal.

The actor then joined hundreds of graduates who received their degrees from Sheffield University. Bean said he was proud to receive the honour - the second time he has been awarded a doctorate in Sheffield. Wearing a red gown and surrounded by graduates he attracted plenty of attention at the graduation ceremony.

His honorary doctorate at Sheffield University was not his first brush with academia. "I did get a doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University about 11 or 12 years ago so now I'm a double doctor. "But this was wonderful, especially from my home city."

Earlier in the day his challenge was to turn gardener in the grounds of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital where he helped plant a tree marking the launch of a fundraising appeal to equip a new leukaemia ward at the hospital.

"My father spent some time here a few weeks ago and so it has an extra interest for me as well," he said.
 

 

University honours local lad Sean

20 July 2007

Sheffield actor Sean Bean returned to the city today, to receive an honorary degree from the University of Sheffield. His achievements as an actor, and his ongoing commitment to the city of Sheffield, were recognised in front of a degree congregation which contained several members of his Sheffield-based family.

"It´s a great honour to be given this degree by the University of Sheffield, especially in my home city," said Sean. "The fact it´s here in Sheffield means more to me than anywhere else."

The now Doctor of Letters enjoyed his moment of academic glory, taking to the stage to collect his degree from Chancellor Sir Peter Middleton. "The ceremony was very good, a very interesting experience and a wonderful occasion, with all my family and friends there," said Sean. "It was a great oration and I feel very privileged to be here amongst all the other graduates, who gave me an excellent reception and have got their degrees the hard way!"

One of Britain´s best-loved and most in-demand actors, Sean was set to become a welder at his father´s workshop in Sheffield before discovering acting while attending an art course at Rotherham College. He went on to win a scholarship to study at RADA before making his professional debut as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. Receiving an honorary degree from the University was something that Sean says he never expected as a child growing up in the Handsworth area of Sheffield, adding that receiving the degree "makes his life extra special".

Since his debut, Sean has become best known in the UK for his role as Richard Sharpe in the television adaptations of the Bernard Cornwell novels. He achieved worldwide fame for his roles in big-budget movies Troy, Goldeneye and as Boromir in Lord of the Rings.

But, despite spending a large amount of time away filming on location, Sean clearly enjoys coming back to Sheffield from his home in North London.

He opened the Osteoporosis Centre at Sheffield´s Northern General Hospital in 1998 and has been a lifelong supporter of Sheffield United Football Club, joining the Board of Directors in 2002. He even reckons that the doomed Tinsley Cooling Towers should be painted red, black and white, in tribute to the club.

He said: "I try to get back to Sheffield as I often as I can. I like to get back; it´s healthy and good for the mind. This city raised me and I´m very proud of that. It´s a cliché, but true, it´s keeps your feet on the ground."

"Sheffield will always have a special place in my heart," he added.

And judging by the hordes of fans who gathered to watch Sean´s photo call outside the University, he will always have a special place in Sheffield´s heart.

Source : http://www.shef.ac.uk/mediacentre/seanbean.html

 

Sean launches city hospital appeal

By Kate Lahive

HEART-THROB actor Sean Bean injected some Hollywood glamour to a Sheffield hospital by launching an appeal to improve facilities for patients with leukaemia and blood disorders.

The Lord of the Rings star and Sheffield United fanatic, from Handsworth, planted a tree in the grounds of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital watched by a crowd of admirers, including staff and patients.

Sean was happy to launch the £150,000 Sheffield Leukaemia and Blood Disorders Appeal as he was aware of the specialist care patients get in the city's hospitals because his dad Brian has been receiving treatment for lymphoma - a form of cancer that affects the immune system - and is doing well. They are both full of praise for the care he's received at the city's other adult hospital, the Northern General.


Sheffield Hospitals Charitable Trust aims to raise £150,000 to fully equip new leukaemia wards and day rooms to make them more homely for patients staying within the hospital.
Sean was also due to receive an honorary doctorate at Sheffield University today.

 

These pictures were taken at the Sheffield Hallam University in 1997, Sean's First Honorary Degree. Click twice to enlarge.

   

 

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