Bafta Nod For Sean Bean In Accused

WARNING – THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS

This week the nominations for this year’s BAFTA’s were announced and we’re proud to say that Sean Bean has been recognised for his role in the second series of Accused. Bean, 53, is up for Leading Actor having played the role(s) of Simon Gaskell, a college English teacher, and his alter-ego Tracie Tremarco.

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For those of you who don’t know, Bean is most famously known for his roles in Game Of Thrones, the Lord Of The Rings and TV series Sharpe. He’s usually the rugged, masculine, sword-wielding star, so playing a cross-dresser was, we assume, somewhat different.

Accused is a BBC anthology series written and created by Jimmy McGovern. It first aired on 15 November 2010 on BBC One. Each episode follows a different character as they await their verdict in court, and tells the story behind how they find themselves accused. The series has featured actors and actresses such as Christopher Eccleston, Benjamin Smith, Juliet Stevenson, Andy Serkis, Marc Warren, Naomie Harris, Sean Bean and Anne-Marie Duff as the accused in each episode.

In episode one of series two we get “Tracie’s Story”. Simon (Bean) is a fed-up English teacher who teaches impassive teenage students by day. At night his world is transformed as he becomes Tracie, a transvestite.

On one particular night on the town Tracie meets Tony (Stephen Graham) a satellite and aerial engineer at a nightclub. After a drunken row Tracie gets into a taxi with Tony who is absolutely fascinated by her/him. Their meeting culminates in the pair having sex at Tracie’s home which signals the start of a heated affair, with Tony confessing that his wife has died.

Unfortunately for Simon, who starts to develop feelings for Tony, his wife of 12 years, Karen (Rachel Leskovac), is still alive and kicking. The truth is revealed after Simon walks past Tony in town and decides to follow him. Never a good idea. Simon pulls a sneaky move and tracks down Tony’s wife’s place of work. Turns out she’s a beautician, and Simon receives a makeover from her.

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It’s not long before Tony’s wife confronts her husband about messages on his phone from Tracie. In a violent and unexpected attack Tony kills his wife because “he couldn’t hurt her by leaving”. Unaware of the murder Tony and Tracie journey to the Lake District where Tony confesses everything. Tracie runs for it, with her lover hot in pursuit, but he can’t bring himself to kill Tracie too.

The pair find themselves in court where Tracie is charged with murder, but is eventually found not guilty. Tony is imprisoned.

Speaking to the BBC in 2012, Bean said: “I’ve wanted to work on a Jimmy McGovern drama for a while and I think this cracking script really delivers a powerful, emotional drama for the audience.”

In various television programmes before the episode was released, Bean explained how he prepared for the role of Tracie.

Appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show before the show was aired on 14 August 2012, Bean was asked how he prepared for the role. He said: “They [the team] gave me some practice heels, and I’ve got about four pairs left in the kitchen. They really hurt! Women in the audience must know, if they’re really high, they hurt. So I know how you feel now.”

When he appeared on the BBC’s One Show, again in August, he joked: “There’s certainly a lot to do, isn’t there? I had a full body wax. Well, almost…they didn’t do me c***!”

Good to know, Sean. Good to know.

The rest of this year’s nominations are listed below. The 2013 British Academy Television Awards will be held on 12 May at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

LEADING ACTOR

Sean Bean – Accused (Tracie’s Story)

Derek Jacobi – Last Tango in Halifax

Toby Jones – The Girl

Ben Whishaw – Richard II (The Hollow Crown)

LEADING ACTRESS

Rebecca Hall – Parade’s End

Sienna Miller – The Girl

Anne Reid – Last Tango in Halifax

Sheridan Smith – Mrs Biggs

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Peter Capaldi – The Hour

Stephen Graham – Accused (Tracie’s Story)

Harry Lloyd – The Fear

Simon Russell Beale – Henry IV Part 2 (The Hollow Crown)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Olivia Colman – Accused (Mo’s Story)

Anastasia Hille – The Fear

Sarah Lancashire – Last Tango in Halifax

Imelda Staunton – The Girl

ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE

Alan Carr – Alan Carr: Chatty Man

Ant and Dec – I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

Sarah Millican – The Sarah Millican Show

Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show

FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME

Olivia Colman – Twenty Twelve

Miranda Hart – Miranda

Jessica Hynes – Twenty Twelve

Julia Davis – Hunderby

MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME

Hugh Bonneville – Twenty Twelve

Peter Capaldi – The Thick of It

Steve Coogan – Welcome to the Places of My Life

Greg Davies – Cuckoo

SINGLE DRAMA

Everyday

The Girl

Murder

Richard II (Hollow Crown)

DRAMA SERIES

Last Tango in Halifax

Ripper Street

Scott and Bailey

Silk

MINI-SERIES

Accused

Mrs Biggs

Parade’s End

Room at the Top

CONTINUING DRAMA

Coronation Street

EastEnders

Emmerdale

Shameless

INTERNATIONAL

The Bridge

Game of Thrones

Girls

Homeland

FACTUAL SERIES

24 Hours in A&E

Great Ormond Street

Make Bradford British

Our War

SPECIALIST FACTUAL

All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry

The Plane Crash

The Plot to Bring Down Britain’s Planes

The Secret History of Our Streets

SINGLE DOCUMENTARY

7/7: One Day in London

Baka: A Cry from the Rainforest

Lucian Freud: Painted Life

Nina Conti – A Ventriloquist’s Story: Her Master’s Voice

FEATURES

Bank of Dave

Grand Designs

The Great British Bake Off

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

REALITY AND CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL

The Audience

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

Made in Chelsea

The Young Apprentice

CURRENT AFFAIRS

Britain’s Hidden Housing Crisis (Panorama Special)

The Other Side of Jimmy Savile (Exposure)

The Shame of the Catholic Church (This World)

What Killed Arafat? (Al Jazeera Investigates)

NEWS COVERAGE

BBC News at Ten: Syria

Channel 4 News: Battle for Homs

ITN/Channel 4

Hillsborough – The Truth at Last (Granada Reports)

SPORT AND LIVE EVENT

The London 2012 Olympics: Super Saturday

The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isle of Wonder

The London 2012 Paralympic Games

Wimbledon 2012 – Men’s Final

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME

Dynamo Magician Impossible

The Graham Norton Show

Have I Got News For You

A League of Their Own

COMEDY PROGRAMME

Cardinal Burns

Mr Stink

The Revolution Will Be Televised

Welcome to the Places of My Life

SITUATION COMEDY

Episodes

Hunderby

The Thick of It

Twenty Twelve

AUDIENCE AWARD

Call the Midwife

Game of Thrones

The Great British Bake Off

Homeland

The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony

Strictly Come Dancing

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