MCM: Sean Bean


One does not simply have a Man Candy Monday without Sean Bean. We’re sorry we’ve gone this long without him! Though we’ve celebrated his birthday on Facebook, it’s about time we gave him his due here on the blog. Thus, here’s the Frock Flicks guide to Sean Bean in historical costume movies, chronologically arranged…


Caravaggio (1986) — Ranuccio

Sean Bean historical costume movies

The title character is the famous 17th-century painter, and Sean Bean plays one of his models and lovers. The costumes are by Sandy Powell, but who’s looking at the costumes here?

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Troubles (1988) — Captain Bolton

A TV miniseries set in 1919 Ireland. Never heard of it, but Bean looks good in a uniform (this will be a running theme in Sean Bean historical costume movies).

SeanBean, Troubles, 1988


The Fifteen Streets (1989) — Dominic O’Brien

A romantic TV movie set in northern England around 1900. Another one I’ve never heard of, but it was apparently nominated for an Emmy.

Sean Bean historical costume movies


Lorna Doone (1990) — Carver Doone

Sean Bean plays the bad guy against Clive Owen’s good guy in this 17th-century TV movie set in Scotland.

Sean Bean historical costume movies

This is my buckle, & verily, I shall swash it.


Clarissa (1991) — Lovelace

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Another villain, this one dressed in fine silks and fancy wigs. Here, Sean Bean is an elegant rake in this excellent TV miniseries, based on Samuel Richardson’s 18th-century tale.

Sean Bean historical costume movies
Sean Bean historical costume movies

Who loves the lay-deez?

Sean Bean historical costume movies


Sharpe’s Rifles (1993) — Richard Sharpe

Sean Bean historical costume movies

The first of 16 TV movies (the last was in 2008) about this ruggedly awesome British soldier during the Napoleonic wars.

Sean Bean historical costume movies


Lady Chatterley (1993) — Mellors

Sean Bean historical costume movies
Who wouldn’t cheat on her husband for Sean Bean? This historical costume TV miniseries, based on the D.H. Lawrence novel, makes a good case for adultery.

Sean Bean historical costume movies


Black Beauty (1994) — Farmer Grey

Set in 1870s England, the story is told from the horse’s point of view. Here’s a picture of Sean Bean and the horse, for thems who like that sort of thing.

Sean Bean historical costume movies


Scarlett (1994) — Lord Richard Fenton

Sean Bean historical costume movies

This TV miniseries is based on a book that tells what happened after Gone With the Wind ends. Like many of these kinds of stories, it’s pretty cheesy, but Sean Bean as one of Scarlett’s suitors is still hot.

Sean Bean historical costume movies
Sean Bean historical costume movies

Rhett who?


Anna Karenina (1997) — Vronsky

Sean Bean historical costume movies

As Kendra has said before, this is the only Anna Karenina you’ll ever need to watch, not the least of which is because of Sean Bean as Vronsky.

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The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003) — Boromir

Sean Bean historical costume movies

OK, not a historical costume movie, but it’s a great costume and role, and Sean Bean’s lines are totally iconic.

Sean Bean historical costume movies


Henry VIII (2003) — Robert Aske

In the second episode of this miniseries, Bean’s character leads the Pilgrimage of Grace against King Henry, which leads to Robert Aske getting executed. Yep, it’s a theme in his TV and film roles.

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At least Sean got a decent costume.


Troy (2004) — Odysseus

For the Trojan War, Sean Bean gets to be the king and fight the good fight.

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Crusoe (2008-2010) — James Crusoe

Looks like Sean Bean played the dad here (but I couldn’t access the series). Mid-rate 18th-century costumes, apparently.

Sean Bean historical costume movies


Black Death (2010) — Ulrich

A horror film set in 1348 during the plague … hmm, even starring Sean Bean, this historical costume movie hasn’t been high on my list. Anyone see it?

Sean Bean historical costume movies


Age of Heroes (2011) — Maj. Jack Jones

The story of Ian Fleming’s commando unit in World War II, this is more of the hot Sean Bean in uniform action we know and love.

Sean Bean historical costume movies


Game of Thrones (2011) — Eddard Stark

Again, not strictly historical, but how can you not love noble, doomed Ned Stark?

Sean Bean historical costume movies

Winter is … oh you know.


The Frankenstein Chronicles (2015) — John Marlott

This six-part historical costume TV series starts in the U.K. later this year (no word on when it’s coming to he U.S.). It’s set in 1827 London, and Sean Bean plays an inspector looking into horrific crimes.

Sean Bean historical costume movies

What’s your favorite Sean Bean historical costume movie?


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Trystan L. Bass

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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. Her costuming adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also ran a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

15 Responses

  1. Michael L. McQuown

    I’d have to say all the Sharpe’s series since I haven’t seen most of the others. Now, think about this: I believe that one of the nicknames for Sean is Sawney, which would make out hero Sawney Bean. If you don’t get that one, look it up.

  2. Eleanor

    I’m a huge Sharpe fan, and Bean’s performance in that series made me try to check out everything else he’d done before (not to mention after). He was the best part of “LotR,” and I really want them to do a “Troy” follow up and follow Odysseus back home.

  3. Bea

    Would it be possible, for an upcoming MCM, to cover the historical films of the ORGINAL Sharpe? (Paul McGann, who also looks lovely in uniforms)

  4. HH

    Yoiks, he looked unexpectedly like Leonardo di Caprio in that 1986 picture! And weirdly like Jaime Lannister in 1993.
    WHOA but some of these movies look cheesy. Ultra-cheesy. Gorgonzola-level cheesy.

  5. Sarah F

    Sean Bean became my ultimate dream man when I was 12. My overall taste in men underwent some changes – I’m 30 now- but despite whoever was new and sexy on my radar Sean Bean remained at top of my list until 2005 (when I discovered Benedict Cumberbatch). He is still in my top five. His body may age, but that piercing gaze has kept its intensity. Not to mention that VOICE.

  6. Karen Hayes

    Sharpe defines “a bit of rough trade.” While I imagine others were panting after Pitt in “Troy” I was scoping Sean. Can’t stomach the gore in “GOT”–too bad. I bought “Clarissa” the first thing I saw him in. But Boromir was nearly heart-breaking.

  7. Juliana

    Eh, Black Death coulda been worse. It had Sean Bean and the Red Woman from GOT, who was plausibly offputting.

    • saffireblu

      I believe is also had ‘Ser Alliser Thorne’ as his brother- & the good guy… I can’t remember- it’s been an absolute age since I last saw it.
      Sean was my favourite part of ‘Troy’, too- as another commenter said; a sequel with his Odysseus & the fall of Mycenaean Greece/ the Greek Dark Ages would be cool- the myths said the poor guy ended up being away from home for 20 years… twice as long as all the others!

    • Trystan L. Bass

      It never ended up airing in the U.S. (there was a basic cable deal the apparently fell thru), & it hasn’t been available for streaming. Plus, the only DVDs for sale are UK-only. WTFrock?!? Must be some weird rights issue.

      • Mylla

        its pretty good actually, but I have no idea if the costumes are good… feels like it though.Anna Maxwell Martins Mary Shelley’s costumes are what Im most curious about. Oh, spoiler alert… someone doesnt die in this one ;)

        • pandorrah

          I just found out that it’s been picked up by NetFlix and will be available for streaming around the 20th of February 2008.