VIDEO: Sheffield's Sean Bean scoops first Bafta for role in Broken

Sean Bean in Broken.
Sean Bean in Broken.

Sheffield actor Sean Bean has scooped his first Bafta for playing a troubled priest in hit BBC drama Broken.

The 59-year-old, who is from Handsworth, picked up the best actor gong at a star-studded ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London last night.

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After picking up the award, he praised scriptwriter Jimmy McGovern for creating the role of character Father Michael Kerrigan.

He said: "Thank you very much everyone, and thank you Bafta. This means a great deal to me and I am really honoured.

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"I do not think I would be in this situation without the great mind and great writing of Jimmy McGovern, who is an inspiration to me.

"He is an incredible man who shines a light on some of the darker aspects of our society."

The six-part drama, which aired on the BBC last year, focuses on Father Kerrigan, the priest of a Roman Catholic parish in a northern English city, who despite suffering from his own troubles stemming from a traumatic childhood tries to guide several of his most vulnerable parishioners through the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

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Although specific locations are not mentioned, scenes filmed in Liverpool and Sheffield are featured in the show.