Sean Bean: We weren't inhibited
6:22am Saturday 11th August 2012 in © Press Association 2014
Sean Bean has revealed that he and Stephen Graham "went for it" when it came to playing lovers on-screen.
The Game Of Thrones star plays a transvestite called Tracie in the second series of TV crime show Accused, who gets involved with a man named Tony, played by Stephen.
Sean said: "It's unusual casting and that's the beauty of it. When he first saw me as Tracie he said, 'You look great!'
"Stephen's a pretty masculine guy but he's also got a sensitive, vulnerable side and Tony has too. The chemistry between us and what we achieved was good because we didn't have any inhibitions. He went for it and so did I."
Sean, 53, revealed he couldn't turn down the opportunity to appear in the second series of the show, especially because the role was part written by Cracker and The Street creator Jimmy McGovern, who he has always admired.
"I've always wanted to work on one of Jimmy's scripts. I was a big fan of The Street," he said.
"I suppose the transvestite story has been told before, but it tends to be very serious and deep, or funny and comical, but this was a mature approach to how people actually function," he explained.
The actor revealed viewers will be drawn to the story.
He said: "It's a story about two people who love each other, it's just two guys. You end up feeling for these people, you're really drawn to their story. You want them to be all right, but eventually something has to give."
:: Accused begins on BBC One on Tuesday, August 14.