Research reveals Sean Bean's Lincolnshire roots
A genealogist has discovered that world-famous actor Sean Bean has family roots in Lincolnshire, despite his strong association with Yorkshire.
The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones star is renowned for staying true to his natural Sheffield accent during performances.
But Roy Stockdill claims the actor's ancestors actually came from Swinderby and Eagle Barnsdale, just south of North Hykeham.
He said: "I discovered a great-great-great-grandfather, Joseph Bean, who was made bankrupt in 1865 and who may have ended his days in an asylum at Ecclesfield, Sheffield.
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"The Bean family appear in the censuses of 1841-1861 at Swinderby and Eagle.
"I got his ancestors back to a pair of great-great-great-great-grandparents, John Bean and Ann Cooper, who were married at Lincoln in 1824."
According to Mr Stockdill's blog, John and Ann were married at St Mary le Wigford church, off Lincoln High Street, on January 5, 1824.
Their son Joseph Bean had a wife, Elizabeth, who was born in North Hykeham.
The couple had four children in Eagle and a fifth, Brian, in Doncaster.
"It was apparent that Joseph and Elizabeth Bean and their family must have moved from Lincolnshire to Doncaster some time between 1861 and Brian’s birth in 1864, and then on again to Sheffield," the historian states in his blog.
Brian, Sean Bean's great-great-grandfather, married a woman called Caroline in Sheffield.
The family then stayed in Sheffield through to the birth of Sean.
Mr Stockdill writes a blog, Famous Family Trees, on the website findmypast.co.uk.