Night out in drag a dress re­hearsal for Bean

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star Sean Bean has told how he ven­tured out in drag to pre­pare for his new role as a transvestite. The Lord of the Rings ac­tor, 53, will ap­pear on UK TV screens wear­ing a blonde wig and make-up in the le­gal drama Ac­cused, penned by Jimmy McGovern. Asked how he pre­pared for the role, Bean tells Ra­dio Times mag­a­zine: ‘‘By walk­ing round in high heels in the kitchen at home . . . and one night I went out . . . arm-in-arm with my mid­dle daugh­ter.’’ He says of go­ing out incog­nito, in full gear: ‘‘I wanted to find out what it felt like, whether I’d be able to pull it off and have the bot­tle to func­tion in that sit­u­a­tion. I must have been pretty good, no pic­tures turned up in the press. Some­one even com­pli­mented me on my shoes. I’ve still got four pairs of size-10 heels ly­ing about my house. I for­got to give them back.’’ Bean says the role of school­teacher Si­mon and his al­ter-ego Tra­cie was ‘‘the most de­mand­ing’’ he has ever played, ‘‘partly be­cause of the full body wax’’.

Jonathan LaPaglia stars as An­thony Per­ish in

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