Sean Bean: 'I went out in drag!'

Sean Bean: 'I went out in drag!'
Sean Bean: 'I went out in drag!' (Image credit: PA)

Sean Bean has revealed he ventured out in drag to prepare for his new TV role as a transvestite. The actor, 53, appears on-screen wearing a blonde wig and make-up next week in BBC One's legal drama Accused, written by Jimmy McGovern. Asked how he prepared for the role, Sean told the Radio Times magazine: "By walking round in high heels in the kitchen at home... and one night I went out... arm-in-arm with my middle daughter." The star said, of going out incognito in full gear: "I wanted to find out what it felt like, whether I'd be able to pull it off and have the bottle to function in that situation. "I must have been pretty good, no pictures turned up in the press. Someone even complimented me on my shoes. I've still got four pairs of size-10 heels lying about my house. I forgot to give them back." The Sharpe star said that the role of schoolteacher Simon and his alter-ego Tracie was 'the most demanding' he had ever played, 'partly because of the full body wax'. Accused premieres on BBC One on Tuesday, August 14.

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.