Bean gets in touch with feminine side

Embargoed to 0001 Thursday January 12, 2012.''For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only. Undated handout photo issued by BBC of Sean Bean playing the part of school teacher, Simon Gaskell, seen here as Simon's alter ego, Tracie Tremarco, during the making of BBC1's courtroom drama Accused. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 11, 2012. Bean, who made his name in the Napoleonic war drama Sharpe, dons a mini-skirt and a blonde wig for the role in the new series of BBC1's Accused. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bean. Photo credit should read: Matt Squire/BBC/PA Wire ''NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
Embargoed to 0001 Thursday January 12, 2012.''For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only. Undated handout photo issued by BBC of Sean Bean playing the part of school teacher, Simon Gaskell, seen here as Simon's alter ego, Tracie Tremarco, during the making of BBC1's courtroom drama Accused. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 11, 2012. Bean, who made his name in the Napoleonic war drama Sharpe, dons a mini-skirt and a blonde wig for the role in the new series of BBC1's Accused. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bean. Photo credit should read: Matt Squire/BBC/PA Wire ''NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
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IT’S Sheffield’s very own Sean Bean - as you’ve never seen him before!

The actor, normally a fixture of gritty TV productions such as Sharpe and Red Riding, has donned a flowing blonde wig and stepped into a pair of high heels for a new role as a transsexual in a courtroom drama.

Bean plays the cross-dresser in the new series of BBC One’s Accused, written by Jimmy McGovern, who created the crime series Cracker.

Ben Stephenson, the broadcaster’s controller of drama commissioning, said Bean will feature in the third episode of the four-part series.

“He’s playing a transsexual in a brilliant story, untold I think on mainstream television,” he said.

The dedicated Blades fan, who was born in Handsworth, has also played macho roles in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Bond film GoldenEye, as well as Sharpe, set during the Napoleonic Wars.

Other actors lined up for the second series of Accused include Stephen Graham - who plays Combo in This Is England, filmed in Sheffield - Anna Maxwell Martin and Liverpudlian comedian John Bishop.

The first series of the legal drama starred Peter Capaldi, Christopher Eccleston and Mackenzie Crook.

Each episode of the programme follows a different character as they await their verdict in court, and tells the story of how they found themselves accused of a crime and brought to trial.