But this weekend it’s a fair bet the autumn leaves are piling up unswept at his Italian-style house in a cobbled mews in North London’s exclusive Belsize Park.
That’s because he has marriage on his mind once more.
He gave 12 million viewers an eyeful of their own in his nude scene in Lady Chatterley but it was as the rugged soldier Sharpe in the TV adaptation of the Bernard Cornwell novels about the Napoleonic wars that he became widely known.
It meant he was away a lot, and he expected his actress wife to run the home and bring up their daughters while he spent months on foreign locations and established himself as a serious screen sex symbol.“Travelling the world as an actor is a killer for marriages,” he admitted in an interview with the Daily Express four years ago.“You are not at home for your kids either."I do regret that so I have tried to make up the time with them when I have been home.”Even then, Melanie said she was low on his list of priorities compared with his mates down the pub and his beloved Sheffield United.“I feel our life together is a sham,” she said after they split.“I feel just like a housemaid.”Their divorce was bitter but they are on much better terms nowadays.“God love him, he deserves every bit of success he gets,” Melanie said more recently.“He is a very good and very special person.”In 1997 he married Abigail Cruttenden, his screen wife in Sharpe.
In 2003 he met Georgina Sutcliffe, an actress 20 years his junior who was managing the bar at a theatre where he was appearing.
There were reports of a bust-up in a Los Angeles hotel room, and their 2008 wedding was abruptly postponed after the wedding cake and champagne had already been delivered.
The 55-year-old actor, whose profile has soared with his roles in the blockbusting film trilogy The Lord of the Rings and the small-screen fantasy series Game of Thrones, has just popped the question to his 29-year-old girlfriend Ashley Moore and she has agreed to become the fifth Mrs Bean.
While that doesn’t quite put her four-times-divorced fiancé in the same league as serial knot-tiers Elizabeth Taylor and Zsa-Zsa Gabor, he’s getting pretty close to the tally of Henry VIII (by whom, incidentally, his character was once executed in a 2003 mini-series).
He played an Irish assassin in Patriot Games (he still bears the scar above his eye where Harrison Ford accidentally hit him with a boat-hook).On Monday morning (May 28, 2018) the British Sun-Times reported Sean Bean and girlfriend, to be shopping for engagement rings.The couple was seen closely eyeing some pricey bling in a couple of major jewelry stores — especially major diamond baubles that could only be described as the kind usually slipped on a woman’s left-hand ring finger. (read more)According to some insiders, they'll soon be engaged. Rumor Explodes on Twitter Naturally, the Sun-Times’ article sent Facebook and Twitter into a frenzy. They finally walked down the aisle a month later, with his three daughters as bridesmaids. He was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault after Georgina called the police, but she later dropped that claim.They reportedly separated in the first year, before getting back together.
She was nine years his junior (to Melanie’s three).