Bean's fear of flying in helicopters caused him difficulties in mountainous New Zealand, where the trilogy was filmed.
After a particularly rough ride, he vowed not to fly to a location again; in one instance, he chose to take a ski lift into the mountains while wearing his full costume (complete with shield, armour, and sword) and then hike the final few miles.
Bean was not the first actor to be chosen to play Sharpe.
As Paul Mc Gann was injured while playing football two days into filming, the producers initially tried to work around his injury, but it proved impossible and Bean replaced him.
He has also been nominated for a BAFTA and Saturn Award.
Bean has since garnered further recognition for his performance as Ned Stark in the HBO epic fantasy series Game of Thrones, as well as roles in the BBC anthology series Accused and the ITV historical drama series Henry VIII.
His most prominent film role was Boromir in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–03).
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.