Bean was born in Handsworth, a suburb of Sheffield, which was then part of West Riding of Yorkshire (the County of South Yorkshire was created in 1974).
He is the son of Rita (née Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. His father owned a fabrication shop that employed 50 people, including Bean's mother, who worked as a secretary.
The series was based on Bernard Cornwell's novels about the Peninsular War, and the fictional experiences of a band of soldiers in the famed 95th Rifles.
Starting with Sharpe's Rifles, the series followed the fortunes and misfortunes of Richard Sharpe as he rose from the ranks as a Sergeant, promoted to Lieutenant in Portugal, to Lieutenant Colonel by the time of the Battle of Waterloo.
The series ran continuously from 1993 to 1997, with three episodes produced each year.
It was filmed under challenging conditions, first in Ukraine and later in Portugal.
And hopefully these young twinks have learnt how to behave while they are in my care. His first notable Hollywood appearance was that of an Irish republican terrorist in the 1992 film adaptation of Patriot Games.While filming his death scene, Harrison Ford hit him with a boat hook, giving him a permanent scar.And these little young snobs put their clothes and stuff all over the place.So I decided that they should be educated “my way” how to do things around here.