Sean Bean at 60: Sheffield Game of Thrones star hits milestone birthday - here's his life in pictures
He's been a film and TV screen icon for decades - and Sheffield icon Sean Bean is marking his 60th birthday.
By Darren Burke, Digital Reporter
Wednesday, 17th April 2019, 10:58 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th April 2019, 11:04 am
Sean Bean outside Sheffield Town Hall in 2010.
Born on April 17, 1959 in Handsworth, the Game of Thrones star has featured in a string of blockbuster movies and shows - and is still a regular visitor to the city, supporting his beloved Sheffield United. Here's a look back at his life in pictures.
Bean was acclaimed for his role as a priest in BBC drama Broken.
The actor is a huge Sheffield United fan - here he is pictured with former Blades boss Howard Kendall.
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The actor was born in Handsworth in 1959.
The actor has always been a devoted United follower.
Bean has become a popular internet meme - courtesy of this scene in Lord of The Rings.
The star's Sheffield set 1990s football film When Saturday Comes saw the actor play out his fantasies as a Sheffield United star.
Bean has become a well known face around the world thanks to starring in the Lord of the Rings films.
A return visit to Sheffield in 1994.
The film saw Bean's character rise from being a brewery worker to playing for Sheffield United.
Bean's role as Eddard Stark in smash hit series Game Of Thrones won him a new legion of fans and a new catchphrase - winter is coming.
Game Of Thrones has helped raise Bean's profile all over the world.
The actor has played a number of historical roles - here he's pictured in a film called Black Death.
Bean was back on home soil with fellow South Yorkshire actor Brian Blessed to officially open Doncaster's Robin Hood Airport.
The actor has become a familiar face on TV screens - more often than not playing gritty, hard man type characters.
Launching a leukaemia appeal at Sheffield's Hallamshire Hospital.
Sean Bean with former Star journalist Jo Davidson at Bramall Lane in 2006.
During his school days in Sheffield, he attended Brook Comprehensive school.
A youthful Sean Bean meets young fans on a visit to Sheffield in 1998.
Meeting staff at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
Planting a tree at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital to mark the launch of a fundraising campaign to tackle leukaemia.
The star on a visit to Sheffield's Broomhill Friery.
Receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield in 2007.
With Kevin McCabe at Bramall Lane in 2007.
Bean has been married five times - tying the knot with Ashley Moore in 2017.
Taking charge at a charity match at Bramall Lane.
Bean has always been heavily involved with Sheffield United throughout his career.
With fellow South Yorkshire actor Brian Blessed.
Bean and Blessed with a statue of Robin Hood at Doncaster Airport.
The actor normally plays tough guy characters on film - and its a running joke on how many of his roles he dies in.
Crowds gather for the unveiling of Bean's star on Sheffield's Walk of Fame at the Town Hall in 2010.
Bean's role in Game of Thrones was responsible for another set of internet memes.
Being interviewed by the Sheffield Star's Graham Walker.
Meeting fans in Sheffield in 2010.
The actor's star in Sheffield city centre.
Sean Bean in Far North.
Delighting female fans in Sheffield.
Despite his Hollywood fame, Sean Bean has never forgotten his Sheffield routes.