Voice that's earning a bean or two...

Source: Sheffield Today
11 November 2003

Voice that's earning a bean or two...
HE'S long been recognised for his rugged good looks.
But who'd have thought Sean Bean's blunt Sheffield accent would go on
to earn him further stardom?

Leading roles in films like Goldeneye and Lord Of The Rings have made
the city-born actor an internationally famous face.

But today it's not just on the big screen that the former welder is making
sparks fly.

Today his dulcet South Yorkshire tones, refined as he grew up in Handsworth,
now enter our homes on TV ads for everything from cough medicine to mobile

And it's true to say that the accent has made his voice one of the most
recognisable in ad-land.

The former Brook School pupil's appeal has seen him front recent ads for
Morrison's supermarkets, O2 mobile phones and campaigns for Cancer
Research and Barnardo's.

He's also encouraging us to give up a pint or two – of blood that is – in a
series of radio and TV adverts for the National Blood Service.

"Do something amazing – give blood," he says in ads which feature Gary
Lineker, Richard Branston and others.

But what is it about Sean's gravelly South Yorkshire tones that makes him
such hot property for ad execs?

"Sean had provided the voice over for our previous TV adverts and the
feedback from viewers was really good – there was a high level of
recognition," said a National Blood Service spokesman.

"When we were planning our current adverts we approached him, and were
delighted when again he agreed again to provide the voice-over."

Blades fan Bean was also chosen by Marks & Spencer to feature in their
Christmas ads last year.

Sue Sadler, corporate press manager for Marks & Spencer, said: "Sean was
the perfect choice for us because he's a well-respected and well-loved British

"On the one hand he is a glamourous film star but he also has an image as
a man of the people which resonates with our customers."

Phone company O2 said it was the Sheffield sex-symbol's unique voice that
persuaded them to pick him.

A spokesperson said: "We wanted someone with a calming and different
voice and Sean fitted the bill. It also helps that he's got a recognisable
voice that people are familiar with."

Marketing guru Shirley Harris, director of PR company Diva Creative,
said: "A lot of thought goes into which celebrity is right to advertise a

"Sean Bean has a good voice for ads because people relate to it and trust
it, and as well as that he has the star quality that people aspire to."


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