Sharpe shows softer side

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TV hardman Sean Bean is to show off his more feminine side – playing a transsexual in a courtroom drama.

Bean, who made his name in the Napoleonic war drama Sharpe, dons a mini-skirt and a blonde wig for the role in the new series of BBC1’s Accused. Ben Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning at the BBC, said Bean would feature in the third episode of the four-part show. He told members of the Broadcasting Press Guild the series is a ”brilliant story.”