Sunday Express - Sun 16 Dec 2001 - Page 50
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REVIEW I was overjoyed when I won this role. I think it was meant to be
50 apparent pretension. Listen to me!" Unlike his on-screen sex-symbolwith-a-rough-edge reputation - acquired from roles, which usually see him stripping off at some point, in Anna Karenina, Lady Chatterley's Lover, as a war hero in the TV series Sharpe and a Bond baddie in GoldenEye - Bean is shy and unassuming. Despite being one of the highest-earning British actors who is now making his mark in Hollywood, he is happiest heading back to Sheffield whenever he can.